Why there is no "places bar" on left side of Open Project on Windows?

Problem: When I'm opening project, there is no "places bar" on left side of dialog, although it is standard in Swing and native Windows applications. Also there are no items of local disks and other important places in top combo box, so navigation is not easy. How could I make them appear?


  • Upgrade to newer JDK version. Places bar is disabled by default for JDK versions from 1.6.0_02 to 1.6.0_10, as it causes huge slowdown of File/Directory chooser dialog. More on this...
  • Force enabling of places bar by putting "nb.FileChooser.useShellFolder=true" into your netbeans.conf. Note however that this may result in performance problems.

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