Tips for Windows 95 from Tipworld

 

I got the tips to begin these pages over a period of a couple of months, I personally got some benefit out of this and  I hope you will also.

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 NO-CLOUD STARTUPS

Tired of seeing that cloud StartUp logo every time you boot Windows 95? You can get rid of  it by editing your MSDOS.SYS file. The first thing you need to do is remove this file's hidden and read-only attributes: Open up Explorer and locate MSDOS.SYS, right-mouse click it and select Properties, deselect Read-only and hidden, and click OK. Next, open MSDOS.SYS in Notepad and add the line

                         LOGO=0

to the [Options] section (or change the line LOGO=1 to LOGO=0). Select Save under the File menu and close Notepad. Return the hidden and read-only attributes to MSDOS.SYS (using the same technique you did to remove them). Try restarting your system, and those clouds are gone with the wind(ows).


  I'LL NEVER EMPTY THE TRASH AGAIN

If you never, ever retrieve items from the Recycle Bin, you may want to disable it altogether. Once you do, you'll never have to worry about emptying it again. (Of course, the trade-off is that you don't have a safety net in the event that you delete something inadvertently.)Right-mouse click the Recycle Bin, select Properties and select "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately upon delete." Click OK.


 ALWAYS CHOOSE DOUBLE-PANED WINDOWS

When you double-click a folder, it opens in a regular window view. But if you prefer, you can make every folder open in an Explorer view. In an Explorer or My Computer window, select Options under View and click the File Types tab. Select Folder in the list of Registered file types, then click the Edit button. Select Explore in the Actions list, click the Set Default button, and click Close. Click Close one more time and go try out your change--double-click any folder and its contents appear in an Explorer view. (Note: To open a folder in a regular window view, right-mouse click it and select Open.)
 


 A PICTURE'S WORTH A THOUSAND FILENAMES

You can turn the icons that represent bitmap files into the bitmaps themselves. Then, even if you can't tell a bitmap's identity by its name, you can certainly tell it by its icon. (This tip involves editing the Windows 95 Registry. As always, we recommend making a backup before proceeding.) Open the Registry Editor (click Start, select Run, type "regedit," and click OK) and navigate your way to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Paint.Picture\DefaultIcon. In the right pane, right-mouse click Default (under Name) and select Modify. Replace all of the text on the Value data line with "%1" (with no quotes). Click OK and close the Registry Editor. There's no need to restart Windows 95. Open a folder that includes bitmap file icons, and you'll see that each icon looks like the bitmap file it represents. (Note: The quality of the icons will vary depending on your color palette setting, but at least you'll have an idea of what's what.)
 


  "CLICK ON START TO BEGIN" WELL, DUH.

Does your system display an arrow that points to your Start button, with a "Click on Start to begin" message, every time you start Windows 95? With a little Registry editing, you can turn off this annoying reminder. (Remember, back up the Registry before you follow this technique.) First, open the Registry Editor by selecting Run in the Start Menu, then type "regedit," and click OK. Navigate your way to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Right-mouse click a blank area in the right pane, select New, then select Binary Value in the popup menu. Name the new item NoStartBanner.Right-mouse click NoStartBanner and select Modify to open the Edit Binary Value dialog box. The cursor will appear after the four zeros under Value data. Type "01 00 00 00." (No spaces, quotes or period--Windows puts in the spaces for you automatically.) Click OK. Close the Registry Editor, restart Windows 95, and that annoying arrow and message are gone!


  SOLVE YOUR IDENTITY CRISIS

When you installed Windows 95, you entered your name and organization. You can change this registered user information using the Registry Editor. (As always, back up the Registry before making this change.)Click Start, select Run, type "regedit" and click OK to open the Registry Editor. Navigate your way to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.

In the right pane, you'll notice RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner string values (among others). To change one of these values, right-mouse click it, select Modify, and type new information on the Value data line. Click OK and close the Registry Editor.
 



 
 

  YOUR TYPING TEACHER WOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOU

In an open Explorer or My Computer window, you can jump to your file or folder of choice by typing its first few letters. The trick is not to type too slowly. If you do, you'll end up at the first file or folder that starts with the first letter you type, then the first file or folder that starts with the second letter you type, and so on. But if you type fast, Windows 95 reads the whole combination of letters together.



 
SHORTCUT TO YOUR OWN DEVICES

If you frequently open the Device Manager, place a shortcut to it right on your Start menu for one-click access. It beats having to open the Control Panel, double-click System and select the Device Manager tab every time. Right-mouse click the Start button and select Open to open the Start Menu folder. Right-mouse click inside the window, select New, then select Shortcut. Next to Command Line, type exactly:

C:\WINDOWS\CONTROL.EXE Sysdm.cpl, System,1

where c:\Windows is your Windows 95 directory. Click the Next button, name the shortcut Device Manager, and click Finish. The next time you want to open the Device Manager, click Start and select your new shortcut.


FINDERS KEEPERS

When you choose Help in the Windows 95 Start menu, you see a dialog box with three tabs--Contents, Index, and Find. Most likely, you click the Index tab, enter the topic you're searching for, and hope that it's in the list. But often, it isn't. Windows 95 Help offers another feature that lets you search by keyword, called Find. Just enter a word, and as long as the word appears in a Help topic, Windows "Finds" it for you.If you've never used Find before, you'll need to set it up. Click the Find tab and select one of the three setup options (we chose minimized database, as recommended). Click Next, and wait a few minutes as Windows 95 sets up your new index. When it finishes, try Find-ing what you're looking for by following the three steps Find gives you.
 


BIGGER BUTTONS

See those three buttons at the top right of every Windows 95 window that allow you to minimize, restore (up or down), or close a window? If you find them a little too small to grab onto, you can change their size.Right-mouse click the desktop and select Properties to open the Display Properties dialog box. Click the Appearance tab, and in the Item list, select Caption Buttons (or click any caption button in the preview). Adjust its Size, and watch the preview to see the resulting buttons. When you like what you see, click Apply or OK. (Note: Changes affect the Taskbar, too.)


THERE'S A PLACE FOR .TMP FILES--THE TRASH

As you use Windows 95 and the applications on your system, temporary files (*.TMP) are created for various purposes. During the Windows 95 shut down, most of these files are deleted, but inevitably some get left behind. These stragglers take up disk space and aren't necessary to the proper functioning of your system. Delete them to recover valuable disk space. First locate all the .TMP files on your system: Click Start, select Find, then choose Files or Folders in the popup list; type "*.TMP" on the Named line; select the drive you want to search; and click Find Now. When Find comes back with a list of all the .TMP files, sort them by date (View|Arrange Icons|by Date) and delete all but those dated today.


NEW LOOKS FOR TRASH

You can change the icons that Windows 95 uses to represent the Recycle Bin when it's full or empty. All it takes is a quick trip to the Registry. (As always, we recommend backing up the Registry first)

Open the Registry Editor (select Start, Run, type "regedit," and click OK) and navigate your
way to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon. Right-mouse click "empty" in the right pane; select Modify; and on the Value data line, type the path and number of the icon you want to use for an empty Recycle Bin using the following format: "path, ##." For example, if you were using the seventeenth icon in the c:\Windows\System\Pifmgr.dll file (the red crayon and paper), you would type:

c:\Windows\System\Pifmgr.dll, 16

(Why 16? Because the numbering in an icon file always starts with 0.) Click OK and repeat these steps for the "Full" string value, assuming you want to change that icon as well. Close the Registry Editor. To see your icon changes in effect, send any item to the Recycle Bin (to display the Full icon). Then empty the Recycle Bin (to display the Empty icon).


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