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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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.

We can't tell you how many people ask, "How do I make my Explorer shortcut mimic right-mouse clicking My Computer and selecting Explore?" Here's the technique:

First, locate your Explorer shortcut. (For example, if you use the one in the Start menu's Programs menu, right-mouse click the Start button, select Open, and double-click Programs.) Right-mouse click the Windows Explorer shortcut, select Properties, click the Shortcut tab, and type the following on the Target line:

C:\Windows\Explorer.exe /n,/e,/root,,/select,C:\

Click OK, and from now on, selecting that shortcut is identical to right-mouse clicking My Computer and selecting Explore.

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.

G. Finkbeiner writes: "On the right side of the Taskbar, there used to be an icon I used for volume control. After having some work done on my computer, the icon disappeared, and I can't figure out how to get it back. Any suggestions?"

You'd think you could just right-mouse click the Taskbar, select Properties, and find this setting in the resulting dialog box. No such luck. You'll need to go through the Control Panel to restore the speaker icon.

Open the Control Panel, double-click Multimedia, and you'll find yourself on the Audio tab of the resulting dialog box. Select Show Volume Control on the Taskbar, click OK, and that little yellow speaker is back. (Incidentally, to remove the speaker from the Taskbar, right-mouse click it, select Adjust Audio Properties, and deselect the Show Volume Control option.)

Often, in discussing a lengthy tip solution, we refer you to an article in Microsoft's Knowledge Base. However, a number of you have had trouble getting this information because Microsoft's server is so often overloaded (the understatement of the week).

Fortunately, there is another way to get the information, assuming you already have the article ID number, and provided you don't need your answer that very second. Just send an e-mail to with the six-digit article ID on the Subject line. Microsoft will write back with the article you requested in the body of the e-mail. (Note: In case you're curious about the time frame, it took us 16 hours to get a response.)

A special thanks to A. R. Calvo for suggesting this tip!

G. Gevaert writes: "Is there a way to turn off the confirmation requests when deleting files in Windows Explorer, similar to the old Win 3.x File Manager?"

Windows 95 does allow you to turn off that annoying Are You Sure?' dialog box, but it isn't a Windows Explorer setting, per se. Right-mouse click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop (or in the left pane of an Explorer window), select Properties, and in the resulting dialog box, deselect Display Delete Confirmation dialog box. Click OK, and from now on, Windows 95 won't second-guess your deletions. (Note: This setting affects deletions made from anywhere on the system, not just those made within Windows Explorer.)

G. Lawson writes: "Is there a key combination to maximize a window in Windows 95?"

Just as you can minimize a window using the keyboard (select Alt-spacebar, then press N for Minimize), there's a similar combination for maximizing a window: Press Alt-spacebar, then press X for Maximize. (Tip: To restore the active window to its less-than-screen-size state, press Alt-spacebar, then press R for Restore.


B. Allen writes: "Way back when, you ran a tip explaining how to silence your system by turning off all sound effects. Now I'm wondering how you turn them back on. (It's been so long, I can't remember the original technique.) The only time I hear anything is when I play an audio CD."

The sounds your system makes (in response to certain events) are controlled through the Control Panel. To access these settings, open the Control Panel and double-click Sounds. Now, to un-silence your system, select any scheme but No Sounds in the drop-down list of Schemes. Click OK (and make sure your speakers are turned on), and you'll find your speakers are back to their old tricks!

Note: If, after selecting a scheme and clicking OK, you see the Save Scheme dialog box, click No (unless you need to save the previous scheme), then click OK again.

If you have IE 4.0 installed, there's a great way to jump directly to a Web site--and this time, you won't have to use the Run command. From any window, replace the current Address, such as My Computer, with your URL of choice. (If you don't see an Address bar, select View, Toolbars, Address Bar.) For example, you might type


to access (For an address of this format, Windows 95 fills in all the Ws, dots, and so on.) Press Enter and presto! The Web page you were after shows up inside the current window.

A special thanks to J. Sellman for suggesting this tip!

A number of readers have asked what to do when, during installation of one of the downloaded PowerToys, they receive a message stating that they need to insert an installation disk. In fact, you don't need a disk at all. The message appears when, after extracting the PowerToys files, you move the files to a new location and THEN try to install a PowerToy (by right-mouse-clicking an *.inf file and selecting Install). It asks for the disk because it can't find the file it needs.

To resolve the problem, click OK, and in the resulting dialog box, click the Browse button and navigate your way to the folder where the extracted PowerToys files are now located. Click OK twice, and the installation will proceed normally.

Want instant access to all the contents of a folder, without having to open that folder? If you have Internet Explorer 4.0 installed, you can turn any folder into a Taskbar toolbar. Simply click and drag a folder, such as My Computer, to a blank area on the Taskbar. (You'll know it's a "blank" area because the black circle-with-the-line-through-it icon will disappear from your mouse pointer.) Let go, and each item inside the folder now appears as a toolbar item.

Once the folder's contents appear on your Taskbar, you can resize this new toolbar just like any other. Hold the mouse pointer over the vertical line on its left edge, and when the pointer changes to a double-pointed arrow, click and drag in either direction. To delete the toolbar, right-mouse-click this same vertical line (or any blank area on the Taskbar), select Toolbars, and deselect the folder name in the pop-out list.

A special thanks to R. for suggesting this tip!

In our last tip, we showed IE 4.0 users how to create a Taskbar toolbar from any folder: Right-mouse-click and drag the folder to a blank area on the toolbar and let go.

If you followed the example we gave in this tip, and created a toolbar from your My Computer folder, you now have a handy list of My Computer icons on your Taskbar. The problem is, the toolbar's so darn long that you have to scroll way over to get to the items that don't fit on the Taskbar. The solution? Cut down on the amount of Taskbar real estate that the toolbar requires by getting rid of all of its text. Right-mouse-click the vertical bar on the left edge of the toolbar and deselect Show Title. Right-mouse click the same bar again, and this time select Show Text (to deselect this option). You're left with the icons and nothing but the icons--and a much shorter toolbar!

(Tip in a tip: Hold your mouse pointer over any icon on your new toolbar, and a little box pops up with its name--or in some cases, full instructions--inside.)


In a previous tip, we showed you how to determine the version of Windows 95 loaded on your system: Right-mouse-click My Computer, select Properties, and on the General tab, you'll see the version listed under System. The original version of Windows 95 is 4.00.950; the letter "a" after this number indicates that the original version of Windows 95 was installed and then updated with Service Pack 1 or OEM Service Release 1; the letter "b" indicates Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2; and a "c" indicates OEM Service Release 2.5.

In response, a reader, J.T. Selkowitz, offers this tip: You can also get the Windows version number by typing


at a DOS prompt. Doing so will return 4.00.950 for the original release of Windows 95, 4.00.1111 (for OSR2), or 4.00.1212 (or higher) for updates to OSR 2, such as OSR 2.1.

Thanks for the tip, J.!

A reader, M.B. Parker, writes, "How do I get the items in my Start menu's Programs list to appear in the order I want them to, rather than alphabetically? The only solution I've found is to put numbers at the beginning of each shortcut name."

Unless you have IE 4.0 installed, adding numbers to each shortcut name is indeed the best solution. For those of you who aren't familiar with the technique, right-mouse-click the Start button, select Open, then double-click the Programs folder. Inside, rename each item with a number at the beginning of its name. For example, select the item you want to appear at the top of the Programs list and Press F2 for Rename. Click once at the beginning of the highlighted shortcut name, type the number "1" and press Enter.

Repeat these steps for each shortcut, numbering them in the order in which you'd like them to appear in the Programs list. From now on, selecting Start, Programs will display these items in the order you specified.

In our next tip, we'll show you how to reorganize your Programs list if you DO have IE 4.0 installed.

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