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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In a previous tip, we mentioned that you can close an active window without the mouse by pressing Alt-F4. In response, several of you offered the following alternative that's easier on the fingers:

Press Alt-spacebar, then press C.

In the past, we've suggested some ways to retrieve windows that have mysteriously snuck off your screen. For example, you can press Alt-spacebar, type M for Move, use your cursor keys to move the window, and then press Enter.

A reader, M. Borzcik, suggests another quick (albeit quirky!) way to get those windows back into view. Hold the mouse pointer over the edge of the Taskbar, and when it changes to a double-pointed arrow, drag the edge of the Taskbar up or down to resize it (then drag it back, unless you want to keep it that way). When you do, every open window jumps back into full view on-screen. Who knew?

Thanks for the tip, M.!

As you may have noticed, we frequently reference the Windows 95 PowerToys, available for download from

as the most convenient way to accomplish certain Windows 95 tasks. In keeping with this let's-keep-all-the-cool-features-out-of-the-actual-program-so-we'll-look-good-when-we-come-up-with-them-later mentality, Microsoft also offers Internet Explorer 4.0 PowerToys.

The Image Toggler PowerToy allows you to turn images on and off at the click of a button (on the Links bar). Want to highlight some text on a Web page? Just select it, right-mouse click the selection, and choose Highlight--and so on, and so on. To get your hands on these toys (which, Microsoft reminds you, are not supported by them), point your Web browser at

and click the PowerToys Set for Internet Explorer 4.0 link. Power up, dude!

A couple months back, we ran some tips entitled "Hand Me My Highlighter, Please" for quick text highlighting in Word Pad (or most any other word processor that runs under Windows 95).

As R. Kelly and others have pointed out, you can triple-click in the left margin to select an entire document. J. Morrison reminds us that you can press Ctrl-A to accomplish the same thing. Another reader, T. from California, adds this text-highlighting trick:

To highlight an entire document, hold down the Ctrl key as you click anywhere in the left margin.

Thanks for the tips, T., R., and J.!

A reader, J.A. George, writes, "Regarding your recent tip on determining which version of Windows 95 you have on your system, how do I get my hands on OEM Service Release 2? I didn't see it on Microsoft's Web site."

The OEM Service Release 2 version of Windows 95 (a.k.a. OSR 2) is only available preloaded on new hard drives. (Or you might be able to obtain it through an industry connection.) However, Microsoft has made many components of OSR 2 available from its Web site at

And believe it or not, they're free. (On the downside, it takes a while to go through the list of components, decide what you want, and then actually download them.)




C. Jones writes, "When I select Start, Programs, MS-DOS Prompt, I get a full-screen DOS view rather than a window. I pressed the button on the DOS window's toolbar to switch to a full-screen view, but I can't remember how to get back to a window view. Help!"

Select Start, Programs, MS-DOS Prompt, if you haven't already; then press Alt-Enter on your keyboard. You'll be right back to the MS-DOS Prompt window, both now and whenever you select MS-DOS Prompt (in the Start, Programs menu) in the future.

For those of you who want to do the opposite and ditch the window view, after opening the MS-DOS Prompt window, press the Full Screen button--the one with the four arrows on it--on the toolbar; or press Alt-Enter. (If you don't see the toolbar, click the MS-DOS icon in the window's upper-left corner, then select Toolbar.)

In our last tip, we showed you how to switch back and forth between a window view and a full-screen view when you open an MS-DOS Prompt: For the full-screen view, press the Full Screen button (the one with the four arrows on it) on the MS-DOS Prompt toolbar, or press Alt-Enter; to go from a full-screen view to a window view, press Alt-Enter. If you prefer, you can set this option in the Properties dialog box of the shortcut you use to access an MS-DOS Prompt, before starting DOS.

Right-mouse click your MS-DOS Prompt shortcut and select Properties. (If you use the shortcut in the Start menu's Programs folder, right-mouse click Start, select Open, and then double-click Programs to access it.) Select the Screen tab, and under Usage, select Full-screen or Window. Click OK, and that shortcut will open DOS in your view of choice (until you switch the view manually, as described in our previous tip).

A reader, D. Montplaisir, asks, "Is there a way to copy my Internet Explorer Favorites to another system?"

Just copy your Favorites folder to a floppy disk, then copy its contents onto the same location on the second PC. Whether you're using IE 3.x or 4.0, you'll find your Favorites folder right in your X:\Windows folder (where X is the letter of the drive on which Windows 95 is installed).


There are certain tips that readers continuously request. With so many new subscribers (and the likelihood that the rest of you have certainly missed a tip or two here or there--shame, shame), we feel that these tips deserve a second chance at stardom.

R. Gregory asks: "How do you change the registered user information (the name and organization you enter when you install Windows 95?)" To make this change, you'll need to venture into the Registry. (Note: We recommend backing up your Registry files--User.dat and System.dat--first.)

Open the Registry Editor by selecting Start, Run, typing


and clicking OK. Next, navigate your way to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion.
You'll see RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner string values (among others) in the right pane. To change either one of these values, right-mouse click it and select Modify. In the resulting dialog box, type the new information on the Value data line and click OK. Repeat these steps for the other value if necessary, close the Registry Editor, and you've changed your Windows 95 identity!


There are certain tips that readers continuously request. With so many new subscribers (and the likelihood that the rest of you have certainly missed a tip or two here or there--shame, shame), we feel that these tips deserve a second chance at stardom.

L. Scheuermann writes: "How do you print a detailed listing of the directory structure of a disk (or diskette) in Windows 95?"

You have two options: You can create a rather lengthy batch file (which also involves editing the Registry so that the file runs whenever you right-mouse click a folder and choose Print); or you can use a shareware program. If you choose to go the batch file route, point your Web browser to the Windows 95 Annoyances Web site at

Select Coping With Windows 95, scroll all the way down to the second to last tip in this group, and follow the instructions under Print Out a Directory Listing.

If you think that solution is way too much work (we do), a good shareware option is Print Directory, available for download from

After downloading, extract its contents and then double-click PrintDir97.exe to start the program. Select the folder or drive for which you'd like to print a directory, click Config to adjust your options, then click the giant Print button.


There are certain tips that readers continuously request. With so many new subscribers (and the likelihood that the rest of you have certainly missed a tip or two here or there--shame, shame), we feel that these tips deserve a second chance at stardom.

Tired of waiting for those menus to pop out as you navigate your way through the Start menu? Or just the opposite--do you wish these menus would slow down a bit? The easiest way to adjust the "menu delay" is using the Tweak UI PowerToy. If you don't have this freeware, you'll need to edit the Registry (ick).

If you don't have Tweak UI, you can download it (and the remaining PowerToys) for free from

Follow the installation instructions given on the Microsoft site; once it's installed, open the Control Panel, double-click Tweak UI, and you'll find yourself on the Mouse tab. Use the lever under Menu Speed to adjust the menu delay, then click OK. (To try out a setting, before clicking OK, right-mouse click the Test Icon and select an item in the drop-down menu.)

Now for the Registry method. (As always, back up the Registry files--User.dat and System.dat--before proceeding.) Open the Registry Editor (select Start, Run, type


and click OK) and navigate your way to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Right-mouse click a blank area in the right pane, select New, then select String Value. Name the new value "MenuShowDelay." Right-mouse click the new value, select Modify, and in the Edit String dialog box, type a number to indicate the delay in milliseconds. (The default is 400, close to half a second.) Click OK, close the Registry Editor, and restart Windows 95.

There are certain tips that readers continuously request. With so many new subscribers (and the likelihood that the rest of you have certainly missed a tip or two here or there--shame, shame), we feel that these tips deserve a second chance at stardom.

Many of you have asked how to stop unwanted applications from loading at startup. Last month, we offered three Registry locations that may include references to these programs. In case you missed that tip, they are:



and (if user profiles are enabled):


(Note: If you plan to delete references from the above locations, make sure to back up the Registry files--User.dat and System.dat--first, in case you make a mistake.)

There are two more places to look for references to pesky applications:

Your WIN.INI file.
Select Start, Run, type

and click OK. Inside the System Configuration Editor, select the WIN.INI window and under the [Windows] section, search for a "run=" or "load=" line. These lines instruct programs to load at startup. (Note: Don't mess with this file unless you know what you're doing. Ask for assistance from someone who does.)

The Startup folder. We saved the most obvious for last. To open this folder, right-mouse click the Start button, select open, double-click Programs, and then double-click Startup. (If you have IE 4.0 installed, navigate your way to this folder right on the Start menu, right-mouse click it, and select Open.) Is there a shortcut in there that looks like the culprit? Delete it!

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