Windows 95/98 Tips



Escaping from a hang:

If you get hung up in win95 and the usual ctrl-alt-delete does not respond, press ctrl-escape. This may bring up the START menu from which you can shut down the system. [Thanks to Shawn St.Jacques for this tip!]

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Expanding all Subfolders in Explorer:

To quickly expand the Explorer tree view to show all subfolders for a highlighted drive or folder, simply press the asterisk (*) key on the numeric keypad.

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Quickly Closing Windows under My Computer:

If you've opened many windows under My Computer (control panel, and windows under that), you can quickly close them all by holding the Shift key while clicking the close window box.

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Right-Clicking in Save File dialog boxes:

If you are saving a file, and right-click in the dialog box, you can change your view, arrange the icons, or create new folders prior to saving the file. This is great if you suddenly decide while saving that you want to save the file in a folder that doesn't currently exist.

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Typing full directory name at the DOS command prompt

enclose them in quotes.

C:>dir "Program Files"

C:>cd "My Program Files"

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Two Explorer Windows.

Open explorer more than once, resize the windows. Now you can drag and drop between them as you could in Windows 3.1.

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Use Windows Explorer to copy files

to & from Hard disk/ Floppy instead of the application.

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Restarting Windows 95 without a Warm Boot:

Select Shut down, and click the Restart Computer option. Then, while holding down the Shift key, click YES. Windows 95 will now restart without executing a complete warm boot.

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Real Delete instead of Recycle Bin:

To immediately delete a file rather than send it to the Recycle Bin, hold down the Shift key when you delete it.

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What .DLL's are being used in a .EXE?:

Right-click on the application's name, and select Quick View.

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Interrupt settings (IRQs) -list of my settings?

Control Panel/System/Devices, in this area there is an option to print a detailed or summary report. The detail report is huge (16 pages on my system) The summary report is two pages, and contains a list of all the interrupts currently assigned in the system, and what they are assigned for. This report also lists DMA channel assignments and port addresses.

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Refreshing the Registry without Rebooting:

Sometimes you may make a change to the Registry, and want it to take effect without having to completely reboot Windows 95. Here's a tip on how to do that! You can update the Registry without booting by pressing ctrl-alt-del and then selecting Explorer and clicking End Task. When Windows asks to shut down answer No. At the next dialog box (you have to wait a couple of seconds) click End Task. This will refresh the Registry

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Short on Disk Space ?

Look in your c:\Windows\Help folder for .AVI files. You could have as much as 7MB of .AVI tutorials left over. Unless you are using Windows 95 for the first time, you don't need them.

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Avoiding the Startup Programs:

Hold down the CTRL key while entering Windows. This will keep items in the Startup folder from launching.

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CD-ROM After a Win95 Break Down:

For non PnP CD-ROM drives. After Installing Windows95 copy in the StartUp disk the MSCDEX.EXE file and any *.sys files supplied in you CD-ROM Installation disk, then Copy the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files and delete REM words in this two files related to CD-ROM. This Will keep you safe from loosing you CD-ROM connection if your computer Breaks and be able to reinstall Windows95 form its CD-ROM.

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Changing File Associations:

To change the default application of a file type, simply select the file, hold down SHIFT, and click the right mouse button. Select Open With, and choose the program you want to use for this file type. Select "Always use this program to open this type of file" at the bottom of the dialog box.

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Crash Avoidance:

Your computer is constantly creating new temporary files (.TMP) to help with productivity. To help avoid crashes, delete all the .TMP files that are not current. Using your find feature, search for *.TMP files, sort the files by date, and delete all the .TMP files without today's date.

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