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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Hey, IE 4.0 users! Wish you could place your favorite shortcuts in the Quick Launch toolbar button after you install IE 4.0)? Go right ahead. Click and drag any shortcut, file, or folder icon over to the Quick Launch toolbar, place it between any two icons, and a vertical black line will appear to let you know where the shortcut will land. Slide over to exactly where you want the shortcut to go (the line will move with you), drop it, and there's your new Quick Launch button.

To remove an item from the Quick Launch toolbar, right-click it and select Delete. (Note: In case you were wondering, the contents of the Quick Launch toolbar mirror those of the X:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch folder, where X is the drive on which Windows 95 is installed.)


If you have the 3D Text screen saver (part of the OEM Service Release 2 version of Windows 95), here's a neat trick: Type 'volcano' as the text for this screen saver, and it will rotate through names of famous volcanoes. Follow these steps:

Right-click the desktop, select Properties, and click the Screen Saver tab. Select 3D Text in the list of screen savers, click the Settings button, and under Display, type


on the Text line. Adjust the other options to your liking, click OK, and on the preview screen, you'll see this Easter Egg in action. Click OK again to keep the screen saver active. A special thanks to M. Williams for suggesting this tip!

Are you jealous of your friends who have an IE 4.0 Favorites folder on their Start menu? If you're using IE 3.x, you can set up a similar convenience by adding a Favorites shortcut to your Start menu. In an Explorer or My Computer window, navigate to the Favorites folder (most likely, C:\Windows\Favorites). Right-click and drag the folder over the Start button, let go, and Windows adds the folder to your Start menu. From now on, just select this item to open the Favorites folder, double-click the URL you have in mind, and you'll jump directly to the site.


Want quick access to your desktop but don't have the DeskMenu PowerToy (visit to find out about it), or IE 4.0 (which includes a Show Desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar)? There is another way of placing the desktop at your fingertips: Keep a Desktop folder open, then use the Taskbar (or Alt-Tab) to jump there from any other window.

Start by placing a shortcut to the Desktop folder in your StartUp folder, so the Desktop folder will open whenever you start Windows. First, right-click the Start button, select Open, double-click Programs, and double-click the StartUp folder. In a Windows Explorer window, navigate to the Desktop folder (probably C:\Windows\Desktop). Right-click and drag the Desktop folder into the StartUp window, let go, and select Create Shortcut(s) Here. Then right-click the new Desktop shortcut, select Properties, and on the Run line, select Minimized. Click OK.

>From now on, you'll see a Desktop item on the Taskbar whenever you start Windows 95. Select it from within any open window for quick access to anything on your desktop.

In the past, we've showed you how to enable user profiles, which allow multiple users of the same PC to select their own settings (each person can have a different desktop wallpaper and sound scheme, for example). Since then, we've received numerous requests for tips on disabling and removing user profiles. Let's start with the first part--disabling user profiles.

To disable user profiles, restart your system; when you see the log-on dialog box, click Cancel. Then just follow the steps for activating user profiles, reversing the option at the end: Open the Control Panel, double-click Passwords, and select the User Profiles tab. Select All users of this PC use the same preferences and desktop and click OK. Restart Windows 95, and the user profiles are officially disabled. (Note: If there's any portion of a user profile that you want to keep, such as an address book or a desktop configuration, see the fifth tip in this series.)

In our next tip, we'll show you how to get rid of that annoying log-on dialog box.




In our last tip, we showed you how to disable user profiles on your PC: Restart Windows 95, click Cancel at the log-on dialog box, open the Control Panel, double-click Passwords, select the User Profiles tab, select All users of this PC use the same preferences and desktop, click OK, and restart Windows 95.

The problem is, the log-on dialog box still appears every time you start Windows 95. To make it disappear, change the current password to no password. Open the Control Panel, double-click the Passwords icon, and on the Change Passwords tab, click the Change Windows Password button. On the Old Password line, enter your current password. Then press Tab to move down to the New Password line, and press Enter. That's it. You'll see a dialog box telling you that your password has been changed and the Welcome to Windows 95 log-on dialog box won't bother you again.

In our next two tips, we'll discuss removing user profiles from your system (as opposed to simply disabling them).


In a previous tip, we mentioned that while viewing the contents of any Explorer window in Details view (select View, Details), you can resize a column to fit its widest entry: Hold the mouse pointer over the vertical line at the right edge of the column's title, and when it changes to a double-pointed arrow, double-click.

Want to resize EVERY column to fit the widest entry? Don't waste your time repeating the steps above for each one. Select any item in the right pane, then hold down the Ctrl key as you press the plus (+) sign on your numeric keypad. Windows resizes all the columns in one fell swoop!



In a previous tip, we mentioned that if an unwanted program starts when Windows 95 starts, one place to look for the reference (so you can delete it) is inside the Registry, at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RUN. (Always back up the Registry before making any changes. The easiest way is to zip your user.dat and system.dat files and store them on a floppy disk.)

A reader, M. Bero, suggests two more places to look for unwanted program references:


and (if user profiles are enabled):


Thanks for the suggestions, M.!

Do you have lots of data files scattered all over your system? Take the time to arrange them into one central data folder. That way, you'll know where everything is at a moment's notice; and even better, backups become a breeze.

Start by creating a new folder on your hard drive. (Alternatively, you may want to partition your drive, making one virtual drive a "Data" drive.) Name the folder or drive something appropriate, such as "Data" or "My Data." Within this folder or drive, create subfolders that correspond to the types of data you have on your system. For example, you might create "Home," "Business," and "Personal" folders; and then within these three, you might create a series of folders corresponding to the various types of home, business, and personal data.

Once you've set up your data storage area (the hierarchy of folders), the rest is just a matter of moving the data from various locations on your system into the appropriate folders. It takes a little time, but the end result is worth it: The next time you need to back up all your data files, just select your main data folder and be through with it. All those precious files are right in the same place.

In our next tip, we'll discuss the minor repercussions of moving all your data files.




In our last tip, we suggested an efficient means of organizing your data files: Create one central data folder containing a series of subfolders (corresponding to the type of data you have on your system), then move all your data files into this new folder hierarchy.

Of course, moving all your data files will render anything that points to the data files at their old locations--shortcuts, items in the Documents list, and the files listed at the bottom of File menus (within your applications)--useless. But that doesn't mean you can't get everything back in sync again.

As far as shortcuts are concerned, you can give Windows a chance to find the file that a shortcut points to in its new location (when you click one, it'll try to find it), but it's probably quicker just to delete the old shortcuts and set up new ones.

Clear your Documents list and start over again. It'll fill up again in no time. (To clear the list, select Start, Settings, select the Start Menu Programs tab, click the Clear button, and click OK.)

As for the files listed at the bottom of an application's File menus, just forget them and use the File, Open dialog box for a day or two. You'll have new items on those menus in no time.

Aren't these slight inconveniences a small price to pay for such great organization?


Wish you could get your hands on the latest Windows 98 beta, but don't have an industry connection? For a mere $29.95 U.S., your wish is Microsoft's command (hey, they've got to get some money for all that work from somewhere). Add to that $5 U.S. for shipping, handling, and taxes.

You can jump on the Consumer Beta Preview wagon at

Just click below the spinning CD-ROM and follow the instructions for obtaining your very own copy "before they're gone." (Ha!)

Are you suddenly receiving error messages ("This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down . . .") when trying to open certain types of graphics files in Paint? And did these messages just happen to start popping up after you installed Microsoft Office 97? According to Microsoft, there's a conflict between Office's graphic import filters and Microsoft Paint.

To resolve the conflict, point your Web browser at

and click PAINT95.EXE: Updated Microsoft Paint for Windows 95. Complete the download process and then double-click the resulting Paint.exe file to extract its contents. Copy Mspaint.exe to the Program Files\Accessories folder, copy the three .DLL files to the Windows\System folder, and restart Windows 95. Your Paint troubles should now be solved.

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