Tips for Windows 95 from Tipworld


I got the tips to begin this page over a period of a couple of months, I personally got some benefit out of this and  I hope you will also.

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Do you often end up with a lot of related windows together on screen -- for example, after double-clicking a folder, then double-clicking one inside of that, and so on? When you're ready to close them all, don't waste time clicking each and every X caption button (the one in the upper-right corner of each window). Just hold down Shift as you click the X of the last window you opened. Doing so closes that window and all of its "parents" in one fell swoop.



When you open Explorer and switch to Details view (select Details under the View menu), you'll see columns of information in the right pane. And the nice thing is, the arrangement of those details isn't carved in stone. You can sort by any column or change the width of any or all columns to get the details look you want. To sort information by a particular column, click its gray column heading once. Click it again to sort by that column, but in reverse order. To change a column's width, hold the cursor over the black line to the right of the column's heading, and when it changes to a double-pointed arrow, click and drag left or right.

(Note: These same techniques work in a regular window in Details view.)



If you're looking at an Explorer window (or regular window) in Details view, you have the option of hiding any of the columns of information. This trick is especially useful if you need more room to display the columns you really do want to see.Hold the cursor over the black line (on the gray column headings) to the right of the column you want to get rid of, and when it changes to a double-pointed arrow, drag it all the way left.The column simply disappears. To display the column again, click just to the right of where you left it (you'll know you're in the right place because a double-pointed arrow with two black lines appears) and drag right.



Do you have a Windows Explorer shortcut on your desktop? (If not, put one there--you'll be amazed how handy it is.) You can tell that shortcut to open Explorer with its focus on the folder of your choice.Right-mouse click the shortcut, select Properties, and click the Shortcut tab. The information after the last comma in the Target line's contents (for example, C:\) tells Explorer on which folder's contents to focus when it opens. Add the name of any folder to the end of that line (for example, it might now read C:\MYDATA\PERSONAL after the last comma). Click OK, and try out your newly focused shortcut.



Tired of WordPad's toolbars taking up all that space at the top of its screen? Then move 'em. As in Microsoft Word, you can rearrange the toolbars' location or turn them into floating palettes. Click on a blank area of the Toolbar or Format bar, and drag to the left or right to change the location of the tools on the current bar. Or drag and drop the top bar just below the bottom one to switch the placement of the two bars.To turn a bar into a floating palette, click (again, on a blank area) and drag it to any new location on the screen. At any time, you can snap the bar back into place at the top of the screen: Just drag it back to the toolbar area, and when the dotted outline changes to a solid line, let go.



If you have a Windows 95 installation CD, you can create an Emergency Recovery disk to help you recover important files in the event of a disaster. Once created, this disk includes system and configuration files, plus the Emergency Recovery Utility, the program that restores these files to your system.

Navigate your way to the OTHER\ MISC\ERU folder on the CD and double-click ERU.EXE. Then just follow along as Windows 95 walks you through the disk-creation process. (You can save the recovery files on a disk or a drive, such as on a network.) When the setup program finishes copying the files, you'll see a box of instructions for using the disk in the event of a disaster.

(Note: Sometimes the files the Emergency Recovery Utility tries to copy are larger than a floppy disk, and the utility won't warn you that not all the files will be copied. To see exactly how much space the files will take up, select the Custom option during setup and check the Current ERU Size. If it's larger than your disk size, you have a couple of choices: If you're comfortable doing so, deselect files until the Current ERU Size can be accommodated by you disk, or if you have access to a network, save the files there instead.)



Still using the version of Microsoft Exchange that came with Windows 95 way back when? For shame, for shame. There's an update on the Microsoft site--called Windows Messaging--that significantly improves the performance of this turtle-slow, bug-ridden program. Among other things, the update increases the program's startup time and updates Internet mail service. Point your web browser at the above URL to read about and download this "complete update for the Exchange components that shipped with Windows 95."


Do you have little yellow sticky notes all over your desk and calendar, filled with phone numbers, addresses, or any other information you use all the time? How about turning it into desktop wallpaper? Then the information will always be at your fingertips.Just as you can use any picture as desktop wallpaper, you can place information there, too. Open up Paint, type (or paste) in all the information you'd like to see on your desktop's background, and save it as a graphics (*.BMP) file. Choose Set As Wallpaper (Centered) under the File menu, and that information is stuck on your desktop for good (or until you change it to include new information).

Tips-in-a-tip: To paste text into a Paint file, click the text ("A") icon, click and drag to create a text box, then paste the text inside. Also, you'll probably want to use a colored background--a white desktop background can be pretty blinding.)


If a window's contents can't fit in that window all at once, Windows 95 provides you with scrollbars on its left and lower edges to scroll through the contents. Think those bars are too small? If you'd like a little more to grab nto, make them bigger.Right-mouse click the desktop and choose Properties to open the Display Properties dialog box. On the Appearance tab, select Scrollbar under Item (or click the scrollbar in the preview) and change its Size to whatever you'd like (the defaults for most of the color schemes are 13 or 16). You'll see the effect of your change right in the preview. When you're happy with the new size, click Apply or OK.


If you have the Windows 95 Plus! CD, you've surely tried out 3D Pinball. Wish you knew a little more about mastering the Space Cadet table? The Help file offers some assistance, but for more extensive information, there are two hidden sources.Navigate your way to the Program Files\Plus!\Pinball folder and open PINBALL.DOC for the "Space Cadet table Rules and Game Strategy." Then, check out TABLE.BMP in the same folder for the name of every nook and cranny on the table (you may need it to follow along with the instructions). Who knew? (We did.)


Want to know how much space a selection of folders and/or files takes up on your hard drive? (Knowing this would come in handy if, for example, you've selected items to copy to a floppy disk.)

In an Explorer or My Computer window, hold down Ctrl as you select each item you'd like to tally. Then right-mouse click on any selected item and choose Properties. The resulting dialog box will display the total size of all selected items, including a count of each item type (files or folders).


When you right-mouse click a file and choose Send To, you see a menu of possible destinations. Did you know you can add items to this list? Just add a folder or application's shortcut to the C:\Windows\SendTo folder.Suppose you want to add the Start menu to the Send To list (doing so makes it easy to send any item directly to the Start menu). In an Explorer window, navigate your way to C:\Windows\SendTo, so that the right pane displays its contents. Right-mouse click on the Start Menu folder (which just happens to be in plain view), drag it into the right pane, and when you let go, choose Create Shortcut(s) Here. Close Explorer.Now for the big test. Right-mouse click any file or folder, choose Send To, and select Start Menu from the list. Click the Start button, and there's that item.

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