Can't be done. This is just one of those little side effects of every program using the same set of open/save dialog boxes.
If you upgraded to Vista, while it still does the same thing, they stole one of the better ideas from Mac OS X, and you can put shortcuts to commonly accessed directories on the left side. In XP you only have a couple of hard coded options like My Computer, My Documents, etc. Vista lets you make your own list. It's also quite a bit easier to go up a few levels in the directory tree compared to the Win95-XP method. The amount of time these things could save you might be worth the cost of a Vista upgrade. Something to think about.
Anyway, as a web developer, you have my condolences if you have to make your sites work in IE. I do the odd bit of freelance web design, and getting a page to work in Opera, Firefox, and Safari is no problem at all... Getting it to also work in IE is something that would have the Dalai Lama losing his temper.
I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition with SP3.
Wondering how to change the default folders when I'm saving and opening files.
For instance, when I open notepad then click "open," the default folder it goes to to is the Fonts folder. I do use the fonts folder quite a lot for adding new fonts, but I never want to access it from Notepad. Usually when I am using Notepad I want to open a text file in the MyDocuments folder.
Similarly, when I try to save a brand new file that was created with Notepad, it assumes I want to save to the Fonts folder (which, of course I never do!).
When I right-click to save an image from the web, it prompts me to save it in the My Pictures folder. The only thing I keep in My Pictures is personal photos, however; most of the other photos are in a subfolder of My Documents.
How do I set the default folders for these actions?
I spend so much useless time clicking to get to the right folder & would really like to streamline this process. I'm a webdesigner and create & save many files each day.