Open Files Patcher

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 12, 2008
Updated • Sep 27, 2015
Software, Windows XP

If you open files in Windows XP you may notice that the default open files dialog always resets to a rather tiny menu whenever it is opened. Even if your resize the Open Files menu you will notice that it defaults to the tiny size again after closing the application or restarting the operating system.

Note: Newer versions of Windows save the dimensions of the Open dialog in Windows.

The File Open Patcher software patches the Windows Open Files dialog in Comdlg32.dll with a new custom height that the user can select when executing the program. The application recommends a new height and lists minimum and maximum heights for the Open Files dialog by analyzing the current resolution of the computer monitor.

The patch will be applied immediately but the changes will become apparent after the next reboot of the computer system. It is also necessary to apply the patch again after making updates to several core Windows components but it's easy to notice because the Open Files dialog box should be smaller again.

One thing that I should have mentioned earlier is that the Open Files Patcher is not only affecting the Open but also the Save dialog for most applications.

You can also use the program to reset the default open and save window size again if the need arises. Just run the program again on your PC and select the restore button this time to do so.

It needs to be noted that File Open Patcher is only compatible with Windows XP and earlier versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, and not with Windows Vista or newer versions. The reason here is that Windows Vista and newer versions of Windows remember the size of the open or save window, so that you can change it once and make use of the new window size permanently.

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  1. Rarst said on August 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Hm… Yet again if I found out users with this at work I am going to massacre them. :) Patching system files is bad idea by default.

    I am using FlashFolder for Open/Save dialogs (posted on it some time ago myself, and freewaregenius reviewed it year+ ago). It allows to set size plus bunch of extra stuff. Can’t live without it anymore. :)

  2. -=Ben=- said on August 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Nice post, I still use the program “Direct Folders” to do this though!!

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