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.
THAT DARN PASSWORD THING AGAIN!
If you install Internet Explorer 4.0, quite a few features of the Windows 95 user interface change. Many of you have already taken the upgrade plunge, so starting this month, we'll publish an occasional tip for IE 4 users. Those of you who haven't upgraded may find the information useful, as well, in helping with an upgrade decision. So without further ado, here's the very first Windows 95 tip for IE 4 users.
A reader, J. Teagle, asks:
"My system always remembered my password for connecting to the Internet until I installed IE 4. Can I get the system to remember it, like it did before?"
Funny, the same thing happened to us! We solved the problem--and expect that you can as well--by repeating the steps to install the Windows 95 Password List Update (even if you've alreaady done it once). Here's a quick review:
Download mspwlupd.exe from
(Microsoft's Web site gives the file's name as mspwlupd2.exe, but the file you download has no 2 in its name.) Delete all the *.PWL files from your Windows folder. Double-click on mspwlupd.exe to install the necessary files. Log on to the Internet as you normally would, entering your password and selecting the Remember Password option.
Windows should remember your password from now on.
WRITE YOUR OWN BIOS
Want a printout of your system's BIOS setup? The following technique works on most systems:
Boot your system normally. Select Start, Shut Down, choose the restart option, and click on Yes. During the second boot, press the key indicated (on-screen) to enter Setup mode--probably F1, F2, or Delete. At the first Setup screen, press your keyboard's PrintScreen key. (Whereas in Windows 95, the PrrintScreen key sends the screen contents to the Clipboard; here they go straight to the printer.) If necessary, press your printer's page feed button to complete the printing of the first page. Go to the next Setup screen, press PrintScreen, and so on.
Previously, we ran some tips explaining how to remove a file extension from a file type with multiple extensions (via File Manager), and then how to re-associate that extension with another application. Boy, did we get a lot of feedback on those tips, with suggestions and variations on the theme! We've discussed many of them in previous tips, but one bears repeating:
You can change the association of a file type using the Open With dialog
box. While holding down Shift, right-mouse click on a SELECTED icon
of the file type you want to change and select Open With. (If you don't
hold down Shift, this command won't appear.) In the Open With dialog box,
choose the application you'd like to use to open files of this type, make
sure you've selected Always Use This Program to Open This Type of File,
and click on OK
THE NOT-SO-EXACT SCIENCE OF CONTROL PANEL FOLDERS
In our last tip, we showed you how to add a Control Panel folder to your Start menu: Create a new folder there named exactly:
If you have Microsoft's Tweak UI PowerToy, there's another, no-typing-necessary method you may wish to try. You can download Tweak UI from Microsoft's Web site, at
On Tweak UI's Desktop tab, select Control Panel and click the Create As File button. In the Save As dialog box, navigate your way to the Windows\Start Menu folder (or wherever you'd like to create this folder), leave the name "Control Panel" on the File name line, and click Save.
Mission accomplished. From now on, you'll see a Control Panel item at
the top of the Start menu. Select it to display a submenu of all the items
DOS DOES WINDOWS
If you're working in an MS-DOS session, you can open a file or folder just as you would using the Start, Run command (or just as you would by double-clicking its icon outside of the DOS session). The difference is, you need to precede the file name with the Start command.
Let's suppose you normally type
on the Start, Run command line to open myfile.doc in Microsoft Word. You can accomplish the same thing by typing the following at your DOS window's C:\ prompt:
Press Enter and Microsoft Word launches, and myfile.doc opens.
The Start command works with folders, too (again, just like the Run command line). For example, you might type
at the command prompt to open the Windows\SendTo folder (in a separate window, of course).
(Tip in a-tip: If the file or folder you're trying to open from the command prompt is in the Windows folder--or is, for any other reason, recognized by Windows 95--you don't need to type the full path of the item you're trying to opeen--just the file name. If you aren't sure, try it without the full path first. The worst that can happen is you'll get a message telling you Windows doesn't recognize the file, in which case you can try again with the full path.)
A special thanks to M. Reed for suggesting this tip!
SPLIT THE DEFRAG
If you're defragmenting your drive, keep in mind that you don't have to tackle the whole job at once. The Disk Defragmenter breaks the operation into two parts--defragmenting files and consolidating space. If you need to get back to work as quickly as possible, you might try just defragmenting now, to gain performance improvement, then coming back to the consolidation part later, when you have more time.
Select Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter to open Windows 95's defragging utility. Select the drive you want to defragment, click OK, and in the resulting dialog box--the one telling you the percentage of your drive that's fragmented--click the Advanced button. Under Defragmentation, select Defragment Files Only (and select one of the options at the bottom of the dialog box, to indicate if this is a one-time-only or an all-the-time thing) and click OK. Click Start, and you're off!
(Note: You'll definitely want to come back to the consolidation part
later. Otherwise, future files are more likely to become fragmented. For
more information on each of the defragmenting options, right-mouse click
it and select What's This?)
RUN-NING ON URL
Want a quick way to get to your favorite URL? Try the Run command line.
Select Start, Run, type the URL you want to go to on the command line, and click OK. Presto--your browser opens and takes you directly to that site. (Note: If you've installed Internet Explorer 4.0, selecting an item in the Start menu's Favorites folder is even faster.)
CTRL YOUR WINDOWS
When you double-click a folder inside a folder inside a folder (and so on), does each folder open in a separate window? There are two ways to switch to a one-window view, so you don't have all that mess on-screen. Hold down Ctrl as you double-click a folder icon (inside an already-open window). Its contents will replace those of the current window. To make the one-window view a permanent thing, in any Explorer window, select View, Options, and on the Folder tab, select the second of the two browsing options. Click OK. (Tip: If you want to go back to multiple windows temporarily, use the Ctrl trick, above. It toggles you between the two browsing options on the Folder tab.) (Note: If you have Internet Explorer 4.0 installed, getting to the option described in the second method, above, is a little different. In any Explorer window, select View, Folder Options, and on the General tab, select Custom, Based on Settings You Choose. Click the Settings button, select an option under Browse Folders as Follows and click OK.
Back in October, we ran a four-part series on replacing the three startup and shut-down logo files: logo.sys, logos.sys and logow.sys. Do you find all the necessary sizing and resizing tedious (who doesn't)? Unless you have a personal picture that you simply MUST have on-screen, try ready-made logo screen replacements (and get on with your life). You'll find these replacements screens all over the Web. For a mind-boggling selection, all in one place, check out http://www.windows95.com/apps/startup.html To use the ready-made screens, copy any downloaded logo.sys file to your root directory and copy downloaded logos.sys and logow.sys files to your Windows folder. Just make sure to rename your original files first, in case you want to use them again. (For more detailed instructions, each download typically includes a readme.txt file.) Ready to check out all that hard (ha!) work? Restart.
FILE TYPE DRESS-UP
You know that boring icon Windows 95 uses to represent .TXT files, or any other file type for that matter? You can change it to any icon on your system. It's just like changing the icon used to represent a shortcut--the difference is, you start on the File Types tab of the Options dialog box. Open any Explorer window and select Options under the View menu. (If you have Internet Explorer 4.0 installed, select Folder Options under the View menu.) On the File Types tab, find the file type whose icon you'd like to change in the Registered File Types list. Select this type, click the Edit button, and in the Edit File Type dialog box, click Change Icon. (Note: If this button is grayed out, you can't change the icon for that file type.) Select a new icon (alternatively, click Browse, select the file that includes the icon you want, click Open, and select an icon) and click OK. From now on Windows will use the icon you've selected to represent every file of that type on your system. In our next tip, we'll show you a foolproof trick for always recognizing a file type.
QUICK-START YOUR SCREEN SAVER
Is there a screen saver on your system that you find mesmerizing? Wish you could start it on cue, whenever you need a little entertainment? Then place a shortcut to it within easy reach, such as on the desktop or in your Start menu.
The first thing you need to do is find the screen saver's file. Select Start, Find, Files or Folders, select your hard drive next to Look In, and type
on the Named line. Click Find Now, and Find will create a list of all the screen savers on your system. (Tip: If you're short on time, instruct Find to search only the Windows folder, where most--but not all--screen savers are located. To limit the search this way, click the Browse button, select your Windows folder, aand click OK.)
Once you locate your screen saver, adding it to your Start menu or the desktop is a snap. Just click and drag it from the Find window to the Start button or the desktop and let go. From now on, relief from boredom is just a click away! (Note: Selecting the new screen saver shortcut has no effect on the screen saver selected in the Display Properties dialog box.)
HAND ME MY HIGHLIGHTER, PLEASE
Want some tips for quick text highlighting in Word Pad (or most any other word processor that runs under Windows 95)? All that fussy letter-by-letter clicking and dragging is for the birds. Here are three shortcuts you're sure to love:
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