Tips for Windows 95 from Tipworld

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

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When you choose Run under the Start menu, you can click on the down arrow and select any already-used item in the list. But if your Run list is fairly long, there's an easier way. Type the first letter(s) of the item you want to use, then press the up or down cursor key to select the last entry that starts with that letter (or letters).

Looking to free up some hard disk space? Start by deleting leftover files from your system. It's safe to delete all the *.log and *.old files in your Windows folder and root directory. You can also delete *.bak, *.000, *.001 (and so on) files from your Windows folder; and *.prv, *.txt, and *.dos files from your root directory. (Note: If you dual boot, leave the *.dos files alone).
Also, as mentioned in a previous tip, delete all the *.avi files in your Help folder to gain back more than 7MB of valuable disk space. You don't need these help files unless you're a complete novice to Windows 95.

Don't want to hear a beep from your system speaker (not speakers that are part of a multimedia system) every time you make an error? Use Tweak UI, one of the Windows 95 PowerToys, to turn off this feature. If you don't have Tweak UI, you can download it and the remaining Power Toys from

After you unzip the executable file, double-click on tweakui.cpl. It will ask for a disk. Click on OK. Then, in the Open dialog box that appears, browse to tweakui.cnt (it should be in the same Power Toys directory). Click on OK, then OK again. Now Tweak UI will appear in the control panel. In the Control Panel, double-click on Tweak UI and on the General tab, then deselect Beep on errors. Click on OK and from now on, your errors will be met with a deafening silence!


Tired of seeing that little modem icon in the tray of your Taskbar every time you use a dial-up connection? Then ditch it. In a My Computer window, double-click on Dial-Up Networking. Right-mouse-click on the DUN connection you use, select Properties, and click on the Configure button. Select the Options tab, deselect Display modem status, and click on OK. (Repeat these steps for every connection from which you'd like to remove the modem status icon.) From now on, your Taskbar will be modem-free!

We've had numerous requests for a tip on removing one of multiple extensions from a registered file type. For example, suppose files with .BMP and .PCX extensions are associated with Paint; and you'd prefer that .BMP files don't open in Paint. Instead, you want them to open in another program, such as Collage Complete's Image Manager. After struggling with the options on the File Types tab (select Options under the View menu of Windows Explorer), we found that the easiest way to accomplish this task is to use--believe it or not--the old File Manager.
Assuming you installed Windows 95 over a previous version of Windows and haven't deleted all your old Windows files, you can open File Manager as follows: Select Start, Run; type


on the Run command line, and click on OK.

Inside the File Manager, select Associate under the File menu. Type the extension you want to remove from the file type, select (None) under Associate With (it's at the top of the list), and click on OK. That extension now has no association.

Note: If the file type with which you WOULD like to associate that extension already appears in the list under Associate With, just select it and click on OK. Otherwise, stay tuned for our next tip, when we'll show you how to create a new association for that extension . . . .


In our last tip, we showed you how to use the File Manager (assuming you have it on your system) to remove one of multiple extensions from a registered file type: Open the File Manager by typing

on the Run command line; select Associate under the File menu; type the extension you want to remove from the file type, select (None) under Associate With, and click on OK. Now you can associate that extension with a new application.

First, you need to get back into Windows 95, to the File Types dialog box. Select Options under the View menu of Windows Explorer and select the File types tab. Now just follow these ten steps to create your new association:

  1. Click on New Type.
  2. Fill in the Description of type (to appear in the Registered file types list).
  3. Type the Associated extension (the one you just removed from the other file type).
  4. Click on New.
  5. Type "open" on the Action line.
  6. Click on Browse and navigate your way to the executable file of the application with which you'd like to associate the extension.
  7. Click on Open.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. Click on Close (there's your new file type in the Registered file types list!).
  10. Click on Close one more time.
From now on, double-clicking a file with that extension opens the file in the application you specified. Well it's about time!

One great DOS utility is Doskey. You turn on Doskey by typing its name during any DOS session. If you're in a DOS window and make a mistake typing a very long command, don't waste time retyping. Use Doskey to recall that command so you can fix your mistake. Press your keyboard's up arrow once to insert the most recently typed command (or use the up/down arrows to scroll through all the commands in Doskey's memory). Make your changes, press Enter, and you've saved yourself some typing!
To view the commands in Doskey's memory, type the following at the command prompt ("h" stands for history):

doskey /h


In our last tip, we showed you how to recall a previously typed command in a DOS window: Use the up arrow to insert the last command in Doskey's history list (or use the up/down arrows to scroll through the commands in memory). We also told you that typing
doskey /h

displays Doskey's history list.

Another Doskey switch that may come in handy is /r, or reinstall. If Doskey's history list gets uncomfortably long, just type

doskey /r

at the command prompt (and press Enter). Doing so installs a fresh copy of Doskey over the old one, wiping the history list clean.

Two tips ago, we showed you how to recall a previously typed command in a DOS window: Use the up arrow to insert the last command in Doskey's history list (or use the up/down arrows to scroll through the commands in memory). We also told you that typing
doskey /h

displays Doskey's history list. You can also use Doskey to write simple macros. The syntax is:


For example, suppose you'd like to display Doskey's history list by simply typing


(instead of doskey /h). Type the following at the command prompt and press Enter:

doskey h=doskey /h

("doskey" runs Doskey, "h" is the macroname, and "doskey /h" is the command you want the macro to perform.) Test out your new macro. Type


press Enter, and there's your history list! For a list of all Doskey macros, type the following at the command prompt and press Enter:

doskey /m


Back in August, we ran a tip explaining how to boot to DOS: In Notepad, open your MSDOS.SYS file (after removing its hidden and read-only attributes), change the line BootGUI=1 to BootGUI=0, and save your change. From then on, the boot process will leave you at the C:> prompt. (Type

to start Windows 95.)

If you prefer to start at the command prompt on a one-time-only basis, you have two options. During the boot process, press F4 when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message; or, press F8 (at the same message) and choose the sixth item, Command prompt only.

Back in July, we showed you how to change the icon Windows 95 uses to represent your Recycle Bin. As you might expect, you can use a similar technique to change your My Computer icon. (Note: As always, back up your Registry first.)
Select Start, Run, type


and click on OK. Inside the Registry Editor, navigate your way to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\ DefaultIcon. In the right pane, right-mouse click on (Default) and choose Modify. On the Value data line, type the path and number of the icon you want to use for My Computer in the format "path, ##" (no quotes). For example, if you were using the 21st icon in the c:\Windows\System\Pifmgr.dll file, you would type (remember, the numbering in an icon file starts with zero):

c:\Windows\System\Pifmgr.dll, 20

Close the Registry Editor, click on the Desktop, and press F5 to refresh. Hey, it's a window.

(For those of your who don't remember the original tip on changing the Recycle Bin's icon, follow the above technique at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ DefaultIcon for both the "empty" and "full" values.)

If you're having trouble with your printer, help is just a CD away--the Windows 95 installation CD, that is. Pop it into your CD-ROM drive, navigate your way to D:\Other\Misc\Epts, and double--click on Epts.exe.
Introducing the Enhanced Printer Troubleshooter. Just answer the questions it asks, follow any orders, and in no time, your printer will be acting like its old self.

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