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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Do you frequently play audio CDs on your computer? The CD Player has some neat programming options to enhance your listening experience. Just enter the title, artist, and song list for a particular CD, and the CD Player will remember this information every time you pop that CD into your CD-ROM drive. You can even select the exact songs you want to hear (or not) and the order in which you want to hear them. Today we'll show you how to enter a CD's information into the CD Player's memory. With an audio CD in your CD-ROM drive, open the CD Player by selecting
Start|Programs|Accessories|Multimedia|CD Player. Click on the far left icon (if you don't see icons, select Toolbar under the View menu) and type the CD's Artist and Title. Next, enter the names of each track. Next to Track 01 type the name of the first track, click on Set Name, and so on, until you've entered the names of all the songs. Click on OK when you're finished. In our next tip, we'll show you how to customize a CD's Play List.


In our last tip, we showed you how to enter an audio CD's information into the CD Player's memory: Open this utility--select Start|Programs|Accessories|Multimedia|CD Player--select
Edit Play List in the Disc menu, and type in all the relevant information. Now, let's look at
creating a custom Play List. Surely there are songs on that CD you could do without and those
that you'll want to hear over and over. Just tell the CD Player what you have in mind, and it'll
do the DJ-ing.

Assuming you've already entered a CD's information, open the CD Player (with that CD in
your CD-ROM drive, of course) and select Edit Play List under Disc. Click on the Clear All
button to start with a blank slate.

In the list of Available Tracks, select the first song you want to hear and click on Add. Select
the next song, click on Add, and so on until your Play List is complete. Note, too, that you can
select a song as many times as you'd like or not at all. When you're finished, click on OK.

Click on the down arrow next to Track and you'll see your new play list. From now on,
pressing the play button (or simply inserting the CD into your CD-ROM drive, if you have
AutoPlay) plays the CD's songs in that order.

In our next tip, we'll show you more of CD Player's customization options.


If you have an audio CD in your CD-ROM drive, the CD Player offers quite a few options for
customizing how you listen. Pop in the CD, open the CD Player--select
Start|Programs|Accessories|Multimedia|CD Player--and take a look at the three icons on the
right side of the toolbar (if you don't see them, select Toolbar under View). These icons set the
CD Player's approach to the Track list.

Click on the left of these three icons if you'd like the CD Player to play the songs listed under
Track in random order. The middle icon plays the tracks in order, but continuously. And the
right button--this is a neat one--plays just a short intro to each track. Select this icon, click on
the Play button, and the CD Player plays 10 seconds of the first song in the Track list, moves
on to the next, and so on. It's a great option if you're looking for a particular track, or you're
trying to get a feel for that CD. You can even set the number of seconds for each intro. Pull
down the Options menu, select Preferences, adjust the intro play length, and click on OK.


If you've just used the Calculator to come up with a number that you need to insert into a
document, don't bother copying it there by hand. First, you could make a mistake; second,
numbers can be cumbersome to type. Instead, copy and paste that number using two quick
keyboard combos.

Assuming you have the Calculator open (displaying the number you need), press Ctrl-C to
copy its contents to the Clipboard. Switch to the application in which you'd like to insert the
number, place your cursor in its exact location to be, and press Ctrl-V. Simple as that.


In a previous tip, we discussed ClipBook, a utility on the Windows 95 installation CD.
ClipBook enables you to save frequently pasted items in a safe, manageable location. Well, if
you don't have the installation CD, or don't want to bother with this utility, you can also save
cut or copied items as CLP files. This method may not be as sleek as using ClipBook, but it
accomplishes the same thing.

First a little background info. When you select the Cut or Copy command (regardless of the
application in which you're working), the selected item is moved or copied to the Clipboard.
To view the Clipboard's current contents, select Start|Programs|Accessories|Clipboard

If you think you might use the Clipboard's contents again, save them as a CLP file--because
remember, they'll be wiped out as soon as you cut or copy something else. To save the
contents, in the Clipboard Viewer, select Save As under the File menu. In the resulting dialog
box, enter a name for the CLP file, navigate your way to the location in which you'd like to
store it, and click on OK.

To paste a CLP file into a particular location, open the Clipboard Viewer and select Open
under the File menu. Highlight the CLP file you have in mind and click on OK. Place your
cursor wherever you'd like to paste the CLP file's contents, then use your application's Paste
command. Way to recycle.


Want to make your own wallpaper? All you need is Paint and a little bit of creativity. Any
drawing you create in Paint can be pasted onto your desktop as one big picture or lots of little

Well, what are you waiting for? Open Paint--select Start|Programs|Accessories|Paint--and
start drawing! (Note: If you aren't the creative type, just open a picture someone else has
drawn.) When you're finished, Save the file, then select Set As Wallpaper (Centered) under
the File menu. Close Paint and check out your new wallpaper. To remove it, either repeat the
above steps to paste another drawing on the desktop, or choose new wallpaper in the Display
Properties dialog box.

(And by the way, from now on, you can choose this hand-made wallpaper by name in the
Display Properties dialog box's Wallpaper list.)


In our last tip, we showed you how to turn any Paint picture into desktop wallpaper: Open the
picture in Paint and select Set As Wallpaper (Centered) under the File menu. Now for the
second wallpaper option, Set As Wallpaper (Tiled). This command allows you to place
multiple copies of your picture across and down the desktop, with one catch: Unlike Windows
95's ready-made wallpapers, already set to the proper size for tiling, a Paint drawing's size
needs to be adjusted manually.

Open your drawing in Paint, select Stretch/Skew under the Image menu, and change the
horizontal stretch to any number less than 100%, such as 15%. Click on OK, then repeat
these steps to adjust the vertical stretch to the same number. Click on OK again, and your
picture will now appear much smaller on the Paint canvas. Save your changes under a new file
name (we recommend keeping the original intact), and then select the Set as Wallpaper (Tiled)
under the File menu.


Tired of seeing those same boring colors on your Windows 95 desktop, Taskbar, windows
and so on? Then change your color scheme. Select from wild and wacky, ready-made
schemes, or make one from scratch.

Right-mouse click on the desktop, select Properties, and click on the Appearance tab. There,
you'll see a preview of your current color scheme. Under Schemes is a list of all of Windows
95's ready-made color schemes. Select one to see what it looks like in the preview area.
(Note: A scheme with "high color" in parentheses looks best with your system's color palette
set to High Color or better.) When you find one you like, click on OK to make it stick.

If you don't like any of the schemes in the list, and have a little extra time on your hands, mix
and match your own colors to create the perfect scheme. Still on the Appearances tab, select
any scheme as a starting point. One at a time, click on the item you want to recolor on the
preview (or select it by name in the Item list), and adjust its Color under Item.

Once the preview matches the look you had in mind, click on Save As, type a name for the
scheme, and click on OK. Then click on Apply or OK for the life-size version. From now on,
you can select this new look by name in the Scheme list.


Staring at a bunch of file icons, but can't remember which one you need? Quick View lets you
view the contents of each file without opening the application in which it was created (assuming
the file is of a type supported by Quick View).

Right-mouse click on the file you want to preview and look for the Quick View command.
Select it and the Quick View window opens with a quick, albeit crude, preview of that file. (If
you don't see the Quick View command, either you haven't installed Quick View [see the note
at the end of this tip], or that file type isn't supported. Sorry.)

Drag another file icon into the open Quick View window and instantly it displays that file's
contents. When you find the file you were looking for, click on the icon just below the File
menu to open the file in its native application.

(Note: If you don't see Quick View in the context menu of a common file type, it may not be
installed. To find out for sure, right-mouse click on any TXT file and look for the Quick View
command. Don't see it? Pop the Windows 95 installation CD into your CD-ROM drive, open
the Control Panel, double-click on Add/Remove Programs, and on the Windows Setup tab,
double-click on Accessories. Select Quick View and click on OK twice.)


We get lots of e-mail asking how to replace the three Windows 95 logo files, so once again,
we're running our series on this technique.

You can take any 640-by-480 bitmap file and use it as Windows 95's cloud-covered startup
or shut-down screen, or the one that says "It is now safe to turn off your computer." Currently,
Windows 95 uses the LOGO.SYS (on your hard drive), LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS
(both in the Windows folder) files, respectively; but if you open a bitmap file in Paint and save
it under one of these names, Windows 95 will display your bitmap instead.

There are two very important tricks to replacing logo files: One, the bitmap files have to be
256 Color Bitmap; and, two, you have to shrink your 640-by-480 bitmaps to 320-by-400 for
Windows 95 to use them. (Windows takes a 320-by-400 file and stretches it to 640-by-480
for each of these three screens. Strange, but that's the way it works.)

Before you replace the old logo files, save then under different names, in case you want them
in the future. Launch Paint--select Start|Programs|Accessories|Paint--choose Open under File,
and select All Files under Files of type. One at a time, open each of the three files (remember,
LOGO.SYS is on your hard drive and the other two are in the Windows folder) and rename
them. (If you don't see them in Paint's Open dialog box, from any window on the desktop,
choose Options under View, and on the View tab, select Show All Files.)

In our next tip, we'll show you how to shrink your 640-by-480 bitmaps to 320 by 400.


We get lots of e-mail asking how to replace the three Windows 95 logo files, so once again,
we're running our series on this technique.

If you followed our last tip, you've selected up to three 640-by-480 bitmap files you want to
use as the Windows 95 startup and shut-down screens, and you've saved the old
ones--LOGO.SYS, LOGOW.SYS, and LOGOS.SYS--under new names. Now for the
tedious part: resizing them.

To get your image(s) to the size that Windows wants--320 by 400--in Paint, open one of the
640-by-480 images, and choose Stretch/Skew under Image. Select Horizontal, change the
percentage to 50, and choose OK. You're halfway there. Open the Stretch/Skew dialog box
again, but this time select Vertical. To change the height from 480 to 400, you have to make
two changes--first, set the vertical stretch to 104, and choose OK; then, go back to the same
dialog box, and this time set the vertical stretch to 80. Choose OK, and, voila--your image is
now 320 by 400 pixels. Check in the Attributes dialog box (under Image) to prove it. (By the
way, you can't just change the attributes here and expect your bitmap to shrink. Nice try.)

Repeat these steps for each bitmap you want to use, and don't forget to save your file(s). In
our next tip, you'll get to see these bitmaps in action!


We get lots of e-mail asking how to replace the three Windows 95 logo files, so once again,
we're running our series on this technique.

After following the last two tips, you've selected up to three 640-by-480 bitmap files you want
to use as the Windows 95 startup and shut-down screens, saved the old ones--LOGO.SYS,
LOGOW.SYS, and LOGOS.SYS--under new names, and sized the new ones down to 320
by 400 in Paint's Stretch/Skew dialog box. Now for the easy part: saving each file under the
right name, as the right type.

Open each 320-by-400 file in Paint, pull down the File menu, chose Save As, and type in the
name of the screen for which you'd like to use this image--LOGO.SYS for the startup screen,
LOGOW.SYS for the cloud screen you see at shut down, and LOGOS.SYS for the "It is
now safe to turn off your computer" screen. Under Save as type, select 256 Color Bitmap (if it
isn't already). Click on OK, and your bitmap is officially saved as one of the Windows 95 logo

Repeat these steps (saving them under each of the three logo names, of course) for up to three
different bitmap files. That's it. Now let's see if they work.

Ready (you did use the correct file names, right?)... get set (as long as the bitmaps are the
correct size and type, there's no reason this won't work)... shut down your system. You'll see
the file you saved as LOGOW.SYS first, then the LOGOS.SYS screen, to let you know you
can safely turn off your computer. Now give your keyboard the ol' Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart your
system, wait a few minutes, and there's that new LOGO.SYS file. Beats those clouds any day,
doesn't it?

For our last tip on this topic, we'll show you a trick or two for odd-sized bitmaps.

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