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.
HAND ME MY HIGHLIGHTER, PLEASE--PART 2 OF 2
In our last tip, we gave you three ways to highlight text in a word processing document: To highlight a word, double-click on it; to highlight a single line, click once directly to the left of the line in the left margin; and to highlight an entire paragraph, double-click directly to the left of the paragraph anywhere in the margin. Moving on to four bigger and better selections . . .
To highlight a whole bunch of text: Place the cursor at the beginning of the text, hold down Shift, and click at the end of what you want to select. OR, place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select, and then, while holding down Shift, use the arrow keys to expand the selection.
Of course, we saved the biggest for last: highlighting an entire document. In some word processors, you can choose Edit, Select All. But if your word processor doesn't have that command or if you're especially fond of keyboard combinations, hold down Ctrl-Shift and click in the left margin of the document (Note: In some word processors, this method may highlight only text below the cursor.) OR, place the cursor at the very beginning of the document and press Ctrl-Shift-End.
With all these options, who needs mice?
"Is there a way of telling Windows 95 that I want the view of every
window I open to be Details?"
As the old saying goes, if only we had a nickel for every time someone has asked this question! Finally, with the release of Internet Explorer 4.0 (which, in case you haven't heard, changes Windows 95 quite a bit), we can answer this question with a solid "yes"--that is, as long as you've installed IE 4.
In any open window, choose your ideal view options. Select View, Folder Options, and on the View tab, click the Like Current Folder button. Click Yes to confirm, click OK, and rest assured--any window you open from then on will use the same view options
To try out your new Send To command, right-mouse click a file or folder
and select Send To. See your To Do folder in the list? Of course you do!
CLOSE THE WINDOW, PLEASE
A reader, C. Resnick, asks: "How do I close a Windows 95 application on my laptop (in other words, without the mouse)?"
First, make sure the focus is on the application or window you want to close. (Tip: use Alt-Tab to switch to that application.) Then, press Alt-F4 to close the window. Continue pressing this keyboard combination to close each open window or application; and when there are no open windows left, press it again (if you wish) to shut down Windows altogether.
Who needs ya, mouse?
PUT THE WINDOWS KEY OUT OF ORDER
In a previous tip, we discussed the conflict users experience when the Windows key (on a Microsoft Natural Keyboard) is pressed by mistake while playing a DOS game. If the fix we suggested--disabling the System Agent--doesn't work for you, you may wish to disable the Windows key altogether while in your DOS sessiion. A Microsoft program, the "New! Windows Logo Key Control for MS-DOS Programs" (one of the "Kernel Toys"), can accomplish this task for you.
Point your Web browser to
and select the link to the Kernel Toy mentioned above. Once the download is complete, double-click Doswinky.exe to extract the files. For information on installing and using the program, double-click Diswinky.inf.
A reader, D. McGlothen, asks: "How do you change the default folder for a program such as Notepad (where the application doesn't offer a command to change this default)?"
You can change the default folder of an application such as Notepad (or WordPad, Clipboard Viewer, etc.) by changing the properties of the shortcut you use to open that program. This means, of course, that you'll need to use that shortcut to open the application in order to keep this default in effect.
In an Explorer or My Computer window (or on the desktop) find the shortcut you use to open the application. Right-mouse click the shortcut, select Properties, and in the resulting dialog box, click the Shortcut tab. On the Start In line, type the path of the folder you'd like the program to recognize as the default and click OK. From now on, selecting File, Open inside that application points to the specified folder--again, assuming you use the shortcut you just modified to open the application.
(Note: If you navigate your way to another folder using the program's
Open dialog box, you'll return to that folder the next time you select
File, Open--that is, until you navigate your way to a different folder,
or until you close and reopen the application using the shortcutt you've
modified. Whew--got it?)
ALL SYSTEMS GO
In a previous tip, we showed you how to create a system disk: a boot disk that gets you to an MS-DOS prompt if you have trouble booting your system. (The technique we suggested was to place a formatted disk in your floppy drive, right-mouse click your floppy drive icon, select Format, select Copy System Files Only, and click OK).
A reader, M., suggests two more ways to create a system disk:
1. Place a formatted disk in your floppy drive; select Start, Run; type
and press Enter.
2. Place an unformatted disk in your floppy drive, select Start, Run;
Format /s a:
and press Enter. When it finishes, you'll be prompted to enter a Volume label (you can type in a name for the disk or press Enter to leave it blank).
Thanks for the suggestions, M.!
WELL, AW-RIGHT-Y THEN!
An anonymous reader asks: "Is there a keyboard function that acts like a right-mouse click?"
Absolutely. Highlight the item whose context menu you'd like to display, then press Shift-F10. Who knew?
IE 4.0 UNINSTALL ALERT
In response to our recent introduction of IE 4.0 tips, a reader, K. Clem, offers this warning:
"Per Microsoft, Internet Explorer 4.0 MUST be uninstalled before 'installing or uninstalling operating system upgrades (for example, Windows 95 Service Pack 1)'."
Now that's what we call a big pain in the hard drive. For more information on other circumstances under which Internet Explorer 4.0 should be uninstalled, as well as instructions for completing the uninstall operation, check out Microsoft's Knowledge Base Article ID 174265 at
A reader, M. Lorenzo, asks: "On the Appearance tab of the Display Properties dialog box, one of the Items you can modify is 'Palette Title.' What on earth is a Palette Title? I've tried adjusting its size and font, but nothing changes."
The Palette Title setting affects the title bar of floating palettes. Examples are: Paint's color box after dragging it away from the edge of the Paint window; Word 98's little help box (the one with the dancing paper clip); or Netscape Communicator's Component Bar. Who knew?
THE INCREDIBLE GROWING TASKBAR
A reader, "rrichard" writes: "I was fiddling around with options when I suddenly found my Taskbar at double height, stacking open items rather than squeezing them onto a single-height bar. Now I can't find the setting that affects this."
Actually, there isn't a true "setting" that adjusts the height of your Taskbar. Instead, you adjust its height manually, by clicking and dragging its edge with the mouse: Assuming the Taskbar is positioned at the bottom of the screen, hold the mouse pointer over its edge until it changes to a double-pointed arrow, then click and drag up or down. It's easy to change the Taskbar's size by mistake while moving and resizing open windows.
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