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Windows 95/98 Tips and Tricks #3

Taskbar Clock Enhancer

Find lost files and .DLL's

Reposition your Taskbar

Print screen in Windows Explorer

Add programs in Send To

Put Device Manager on your Desktop
Sound Accessibility Options Remove Volume Control from Taskbar
Enable Quick View Search files by date
Disable the Windows warning folder Remove start menu documents folder
Quick defrag for multiple drives  Delete temp files at boot
Remove Logoff <user> from Start menu Optimize Windows Registry
TweakUI from Microsoft Remove Desktop Icons
Move thru folders quickly Old file manager
FYI Folder Shut down Windows quickly
Win 95/98 Installed Components Disable CD-ROM Auto Play
Change Icons Fonts installed in Windows 98
Fonts installed in Windows 95 Make a printer shortcut
Disable Modem sound Browse folders in the same window
Windows Default CD Player Address bar on Task bar
Getting additional memory Windows 98SE Shutdown problems
CD-ROM Auto Play won't work Computer Information
Copy floppy to floppy Quick Reboot
Remove items from the start menu WinKey
Printer folder in Start Menu Connect to your ISP faster
Renaming Folders Case sensitive search
Recover a Window Speed up your boot cycle
Optimize your virtual cache Drag and Drop Methods
Restore GIF and JPEG Preview Extract a file using SFC.EXE

 

Use the Information below at your own risk.  See "Terms of Use"

Taskbar Clock Enhancer

TClockEx enhances the standard Windows taskbar clock, adding the ability to display the date, time and lots of other information in any format you like. TClockEx is highly customizable, from the format to the font and colour, and even the tooltip information. Many people have wondered why this wasn't built into the standard clock to begin with.

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Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP Freeware 456K
Version 1.4.2

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Find lost files and .DLL's

If you are searching for missing files or DLL's (Dynamic Link Library), Try this:

  • Insert your Windows CD. 

  • Open a DOS window, and type extract.exe (which should already be installed). 

You can "extract" files from CAB files quickly and easily. 

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Reposition your Taskbar

Click a blank area of the Taskbar and hold the click.  Move your mouse pointer to the top, left, right or bottom of your screen and let go of the click.  Your Taskbar will snap right into place.

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Print screen in Windows Explorer

To print your screen when using Windows Explorer, just depress the print screen key (PrtScr) on your keyboard. Next, open up Microsoft paint and select Edit, then Paste. The Explorer screen you've chosen will show up.  You can now save the file to be added to your web site or print it out on paper. 

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Add programs to Send To

To add programs to your Send To feature, open Windows Explorer and go to Windows> Send To. Click on the "Send To" folder to open its contents in the right pane.  Drag and drop any program into this folder that you would like. For an example of its usefulness:
If you have a file that you would like to send to your text editor (Notepad), instead of opening up Notepad and selecting "Open" and finding the file of choice...why not put Notepad in "Send To" so that all you have to do is right-click the file, select "Send To" and choose Notepad.

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Put Device Manager on your Desktop

If you find yourself going into Device Manager a lot.  You may want to put a shortcut to it on your desktop. Here's how: Right-click on your desktop and choose New, Shortcut. In the Command Line field, type: 
C:\WINDOWS\CONTROL.EXE Sysdm.cpl, System,1 
Note:  If you are typing this into the field make sure that you enter this exactly as it is above.  You may want to just copy and paste the code into the field for better accuracy.

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Sound Accessibility Options

Windows provides a nice feature for the hearing impaired that will make being online a much more interactive experience. Here is how to set this up:

Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel and select Accessibility Options.

Note:
You may have to install this from your Windows 98 CD if it's not visible in your Control Panel window. Click the Sound tab, and check either the SoundSentry or the ShowSounds box. SoundSentry causes part of your screen to flash whenever a sound is made (you can configure the part of the screen that flashes by using the options on the Settings tab. Make sure to choose either Flash Active Caption Bar or Flash Active Window, so you'll know which application made the sound). ShowSounds displays a small caption that stands in for the Windows sound. When you've selected one of these options, click OK. 

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Remove Volume Control from Taskbar

If you prefer to set the volume level at maximum and adjust your external speakers, you probably don't need to keep the Volume Control speaker Icon in the taskbar.  If you want to remove it, here's how:

Go to Start> Settings> Control Panel and double-click the Multimedia icon. Click the Audio tab, and in the Playback section, uncheck the Show Volume Control On The Taskbar option. Click OK and the Volume Control icon is removed. 

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Enable Quick View

Many programs give you an option for a "Quick View". The quick view option allows you to get a quick look at something without having to open a possibly very large applications. To access the Quick View option for a specific kind of file, you need to designate it as such in the File Types box. In any folder, go to View, Folder Options and click the File Types tab. Select the kind of file you want to use Quick View for, and click Edit. Check the Enable Quick View For box, and then click OK twice.

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Search files by date

If you know the approximate time period that you downloaded or were working with a file, it is easy to find that file using the date. Press Windows Key-F to open the Find box. Then click the Date tab. Click the Find All Files button and select Modified, if you want to search for the file based on when you last remember modifying it. Click Between and fill in the date range you want to look for, and then click Find Now. 

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Disable the Windows warning folder

If you find it annoying that every-time you access your Windows folder you first have to go thru the warning folder first, then access your files.  Here is how to disable that warning folder: 

  1. Go to View, Folder Options in any folder 

  2. Click the View tab, and choose Show All Files. 

  3. Go to the Windows folder and look for a file named Folder. This file contains HTML information that redirects your request to that warning page whenever you access the Windows folder. 

  4. Change the name of it (I chose Folder1) and press Enter. 

The Windows warning should not appear the next time you try to access the Windows folder. 

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Remove Start Menu documents folder

Here's how to remove the Documents folder from the Start menu:

  1. Go to Start> Run, type in regedit click OK.

  2. Follow this path:  HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/ Explorer.

  3. Click once on Explorer to empty its contents into the right pane.

  4. Right-click an open area in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value

  5. Type in NoRecentDocsMenu

  6. Double-click this entry and enter a value of 1

  7. Exit Regedit and restart Windows

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Quick defrag for multiple drives

To set up a quick defrag using the right-click:

  1. Go to Windows Explorer/View/Options. 

  2. Click the File Types tab, scroll down, and select Drive. 

  3. Click Edit, then select New. 

  4. Where it says Action, type quick defrag

  5. In the Application line, type C:\windows\defrag.exe "%1" /noprompt

This will immediately invoke the Disk Defragmenter with no prompts, and will exit as soon as it is done. 
To try it out. Go to My Computer, right-click a drive, select Quick Defrag, and it will begin automatically.

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Delete temp files at boot

You can configure your system to delete the temp files every time you reboot, here's how:

Windows 98:

  1. Go to Start> Run, type in msconfig then click OK.

  2. Choose the Autoexec.bat tab

  3. Select "NEW"

  4. Add the following to the resulting text box:  del C:\Windows\Temp\*.tmp > nul

  5. Exit saving your changes and reboot.

Windows 95:

  • The Autoexec.bat file can be found in your C:\ root directory.  Locate this file and open it in Notepad.  Add the above line, exit saving your changes and reboot.

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Remove Logoff <user name> from Start menu

To remove the Logoff <user name> entry from your Start menu:

  1. Go to Start> Run>, type in regedit click OK.

  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER /Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/ Explorer

  3. Click once on Explorer to empty its contents into the right pane.

  4. Right-click an open area in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value

  5. Name it NoLogOff

  6. Double-click this entry and add the value 1

  7. Exit RegEdit and restart Windows

To put "Log Off user" back on the Start menu, simply rename the value to 0.

This can also be done using TweakUI  [Download it here].
Click on the IE4 tab, and remove the check mark from the Allow logoff box.

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Optimize Windows Registry

The Windows registry is a huge database of information compiled of every nook and cranny of your Operating System. As you add information and delete information, you will tend to get virtual holes in your registry. A manual way of dealing with these holes is to run a DOS based program called ScanReg.  By booting to your MS-DOS prompt, you type in: scanreg /opt  This will compact your registry and optimize it for you. 

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TweakUI from Microsoft

System Requirements:
Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98 or Windows 95.

How to Download:

  1. Create a folder by right-clicking on the desktop, click New, and then click Folder. Type a name for the folder.I  named mine PowerTools.

  2. Click the TweakUI link below. In the File download dialog box that appears on your screen, click Save Program to Disk.

  3. In the Save As dialog box, choose to save the file in the folder you just created, then click Save.

  4. Open the folder and double-click the downloaded file. This may create several new files in your folder. Among these, look for "Read Me" or "INF" files.

  5. The "Read Me" file will contain any additional download information you need to know. To install the file, right click the .INF file and click Install

Note: There's a bug in this installer (it's been there since the very first release, except for the new version for Windows XP). If it prompts you to insert a disk or specify the location of the Tweakui files, just point to the folder containing the files you just unzipped, and click OK.

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Version 1.33 |  64KB  |  1 Min @ 28.8
Information supplied by: Microsoft

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Remove Desktop Icons

If you would like to remove the desktop icons, here's how:

  1. Open the registry editor to this key: 
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

  2. In the right pane, right-click and select Binary Value. 

  3. Rename it: NoDesktop 

  4. Right-click the entry, select modify and assign a value of: 1

To reverse this, assign NoDesktop a value of: 0
As an alternative to the above, use Tweak UI, Desktop tab.

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Move thru folders quickly

In any Windows folder, if you know the file name that you are searching for, you can easily narrow your search by simply pressing the key on your keyboard of the first letter of that file name.  For instants, pressing "Y" will take you to the first file starting with the letter "Y".  You can narrow the search even closer by typing more of the file name.

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Old File Manager

If you would like to use the old file manager go to Start> Run>, type in: winfile  Now you will see the file manager used prior to Windows 95/98 Explorer.

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FYI (for your information) Folder

If you are surfing and run accross some information that you would like to save for a later date.  Create your own FYI folder to file away those tips, tricks or general information.  Here's how:

Create a new .TXT file in WordPad, and name it FYI or whatever you like. Any time you find new information worth saving, write a description of it in your FYI.txt file.

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Shut down Windows quickly

If you would like to create a shortcut on your desktop that will shut Windows down fast.  Here's how:

At a blank spot on your desktop, right-click. Select "New", then "Shortcut". In the resulting text field titled "Command Line", type exactly (or cut and paste for better accuracy) C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE User,ExitWindows  Once this is accomplished, you will see your new shortcut. Right-click on the new folder and select "Rename".  In the text box, name the new folder whatever you would like. Click a blank spot on your desktop to accept the change. When opened, this shortcut will immediately shut down Windows without prompting.

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Win 95/98 Installed Components

For a listing of all components that are (and are not) installed during the Typical, Custom, or Portable setup of Windows 95 and Windows 98 follow the links below:

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Disable CD-ROM AutoPlay

Windows has a feature called AutoPlay, this will immediately start the program when inserted into the CD-ROM. If you don't like AutoPlay, you can disable it by holding down the Shift key while inserting a CD-ROM. Or, there is a more permanent solution. 
  1. Open any folder and select View> Options> File Types. 
  2. Double-click Audio CD. 
  3. Select Play, and choose "Set Default" which actually toggles the default. 

If Play is bold, the CD will play when inserted. If it is not bold, it will keep quiet until you order it to play.

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Change Icons

Some icons don't have options to change. For a few of the system icons, you can go to Control Panel/Display/Effects to pick another icon. For other system icons, you can use Activicons (a freeware utility) which you can download from
http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_ai.html

For program icons, you can right-click the file and select Create Shortcut. This will allow you to assign an icon to the shortcut.

Finally, for some of the document icons, you can go to Explorer > View > Folder Options > File Types to re-assign the icons.

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Fonts installed in Windows 98

During a typical installation, Windows 98 installs the following TrueType fonts into the Windows\Fonts folder. Because Windows 98 or other applications may require one or more of these fonts to run and to display dialog boxes correctly. It is recommended you do not remove them from the Fonts folder. Windows 98 also installs several hidden font files (e.g., Marlett.ttf, Dosapp.fon, and Vgafix.fon), which do not appear in Windows Explorer or in the Fonts Control Panel, but may appear in font management utilities, such as Ares FontMinder. Windows requires these hidden font files to run. Do not remove them from the Fonts folder.

Font

Filename

Arial

Arial.ttf

Arial Black

Ariblk.ttf

Arial bold

Arialbd.ttf

Arial Bold italic

Arialbi.ttf

Arial italic

Ariali.ttf

Book Antiqua

Bkant.ttf

Calisto MT

Calist.ttf

Century Gothic

Gothic.ttf

Century Gothic Bold

Gothicb.ttf

Century Gothic Bold Italic

Gothicbi.ttf

Century Gothic Italic

Gothici.ttf

Copperplate Gothic Bold

Coprgtb.ttf

Copperplate Gothic Light

Coprgtl.ttf

Courier 10, 12, 15

Coure.fon

Courier 10, 12, 15

Courf.fon

Courier New

Cour.ttf

Courier New Bold

Courbd.ttf

Courier New Bold Italic

Courbi.ttf

Courier New Italic

Couri.ttf

Fixedsys for the IBM 8514

8514fix.fon

Fixedsys

Vgafix.fon

Impact

Impact.ttf

Lucida Console

Lucon.ttf

Lucida Handwriting Italic

Lhandw.ttf

Lucida Sans Italic

Lsansi.ttf

Lucida Sans Unicode

Lsansuni.ttf

Marlett

Marlett.ttf

Martisse ITC

Matisse_.ttf

Modern

Modern.fon

MS Sans Serif 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Sserife.fon

MS Sans Serif 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Sseriff.fon

MS Serif 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Serife.fon

MS Serif 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Seriff.fon

MS-DOS CP 437

Dosapp.fon

News Gothic MT

Nwgthc.ttf

News Gothic MT Bold

Nwgthcb.ttf

News Gothic MT Italic

Nwgthci.ttf

OCR A Extended

Ocraext.ttf

Small Fonts

Smalle.fon

Small Fonts

Smallf.fon

Symbol

Symbol.ttf

Symbol 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Symbole.fon

Symbol 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24

Symbolf.fon

System Font for the IBM 8514

8514sys.fon

Tahoma

Tahoma.ttf

Tahoma Bold

Tahomabd.ttf

Tempus Sans ITC

Tempsitc.ttf

Terminal Font for the IBM 8514

8514oem.fon

Terminal

Vgaoem.fon

Times New Roman

Times.ttf

Times New Roman Bold

Timesbd.ttf

Times New Roman Bold Italic

Timesbi.ttf

Times New Roman Italic

Timesi.ttf

Verdana

Verdana.ttf

Verdana Bold

Verdanab.ttf

Verdana Bold Italic

Verdanaz.ttf

Verdana Italic

Verdanai.ttf

Webdings

Webdings.ttf

Westminster

Westm.ttf

WingDings

Wingding.ttf

 

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Fonts installed in Windows 95

During a typical installation, Windows 95 installs the following TrueType fonts into the Windows\Fonts folder. Because Windows 95 or other applications may require one or more of these fonts to run and to display dialog boxes as expected, It is recommended you do not delete them or remove them from the Fonts folder.

Windows 95 also installs several hidden font files (e.g., Marlett.ttf, Dosapp.fon, Vgafix.fon, etc.), which do not appear in Windows Explorer or in the Fonts Control Panel, but may appear in font management utilities (e.g., Ares FontMinder). Windows requires these hidden font files to run. Do not delete them or remove them from the Fonts folder.

Font Filename
Arial  Arial.ttf
Arial Bold  Arialbd.ttf
Arial Bold Italic Arialbi.ttf
Arial Italic  Ariali.ttf
Courier 10,12,15 Courf.fon
Courier New Cour.ttf
Courier New Bold Courbd.ttf
Courier New Bold Italic Courbi.ttf
Courier New Italic  Couri.ttf
Modern Modern.fon
MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 Sseriff.fon
MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 Seriff.fon
Small Fonts Smallf.fon
Symbol Symbol.ttf
Symbol 8,10,12,14,18,24 Symbolf.fon
Times New Roman Times.ttf
Times New Roman Bold  Timesbd.ttf
Times New Roman Bold Italic Timesbi.ttf
Times New Roman Italic Timesi.ttf
WingDings Wingding.ttf
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Make a printer shortcut

If you do a lot of printing, you may find it useful to make a printer shortcut on your desktop. Here's how to create it:
  1. Go to Start> Settings> Printers. 
  2. Right-click the icon of your default printer and choose "Create Shortcut". 
  3. Windows will tell you that the shortcut has to go on the desktop (which is where you want it anyway), so click OK.

Note:  The next time you have something that you need to print, just drag it and drop it on your new icon. 

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Disable Modem sound

In Windows 98 you can disable the modem sound by going to Start> Programs> Accessories> Communications> Dialup Networking. Right-click on your typical internet connection method then select Properties. In the "Connect using" box select  the "Configure" button. In the "Speaker Volume" box, select the lowest setting (slide the bar to the left). Click OK twice then exit the Networking window.

Note:  Each of the Internet Connections in the Dialup Networking window must be modified separately.

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Browse folders in the same window

If you browse folders in Windows Explorer and dislike how it opens folders in a separate window, you can configure Windows to Browse folders in the same Windows by going to View> Options, click the Folder tab. Choose Browse Folders Using A Single Window, then click OK. If you have IE 4.x installed (or a later version), go to View, Folder Options. In the "General" area, select "Custom, based On Settings You Choose". Click the Settings button, select "Open Each Folder In The Same Window", and then click OK.

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Windows Default CD Player

If you've downloaded a couple of different CD players such as Windows Media Player or Real Player, then chances are you have made one of them your Default player.  If you want to get back to basics and make the Windows CD Player your Default player again, here's how:

Go to View, Folder Options in any folder and click the File Types tab. Scroll down to Audio CD, select it, and then click the Edit tab. Select Play, click Edit again, and under Application Used To Perform Action, type C:\WINDOWS\Cdplayer.exe  Click OK and then click Close twice to exit. 

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Address bar on Task bar

You can launch web sites or browse your hard drive right from the Taskbar. Just hold your mouse arrow on the Taskbar and right-click, select Toolbars> Address. Now, just type in any URL of any web site or (as an example) type C:\ and all of the files and folders on your hard drive will be displayed.

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Getting additional memory

The following will help allow your computer to load programs into memory more efficiently allowing you to have more memory for MS-DOS programs / games.

Insure you have the following lines at the beginning of your config.sys file.

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS

By placing the DOS=HIGH,UMB on the second line this can in some cases save memory because it is loading DOS into upper memory before loading the memory manager. Additionally the first and third line cannot be loaded into high memory because these lines are the memory managers.

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Windows 98SE Shutdown Problems

I get many people writing in about this issue.  As annoying as it is to have this happen, it really is no big deal.  If the "Windows Is Shutting Down" screen is visible, you can go ahead and shutdown after about 30 seconds without any problem.  Microsoft has a fix for this Windows 98SE bug here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/downloads/contents/WURecommended/S_WUFeatured/
Win98SE/Default.asp
 

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CD-ROM Auto Play won't work

Go to Control Panel> System> Device Manager.  Double-click CDROM, double-click the pop out CDROM, settings tab and ensure Auto Insert Notification is marked. If it is already marked, check the CD settings on Tweak UI, Paranoia tab, if installed.

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Computer Information

To find out information on system memory, hardware, DLL's installed...and more.  Go to Start> Find> Files or Folders...Ensure that your C: drive is listed in the "Look in" text box then type in MSInfo32.exe and double-click it. 

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Copy floppy to floppy

If you need to copy from a floppy to a different floppy, here's how:
  1. Double-click My Computer
  2. Right-click the floppy drive
  3. Select Copy Disk
  4. Insert the disk to be copied
  5. Click start
  6. Insert the destination disk when prompted
  7. Click start and click close when finished. 

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Quick Reboot

Click on Start, Shutdown, Restart Computer. Hold down the shift key and click Yes. This will reload Windows only.

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Remove items from the Start Menu

Open regedit to: 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies \Explorer Right-click the right pane and select New, Binary Value:

To remove Documents, name the binary value: NoRecentDocsMenu 
To remove Favorites, name the binary value: NoFavoritesMenu
To remove Find, name the binary value: NoFind 
To remove Log Off, name the binary value: NoLogOff 
To remove Run, name the binary value: NoRun
To disable Shut Down, name the binary value: NoClose
To disable Control Panel and Printer folders, name the binary value: NoSetFolders
To disable Taskbar context menu, name the binary value: NoTrayContextMenu

Double-click the new entry, select modify and add this value: 1
To reverse the action, change the value to: 0

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WinKey

WinKey lets you launch applications, open Web pages, and more using the Windows Key.
Most computer keyboards include a "Windows Key" nestled between the Ctrl and Alt keys. With WinKey, you can define up to 200 key combinations (such as Windows Key + N). These shortcut combinations can be used to access System Folders, launch applications, open Web pages, and more. 
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000, Windows compliant keyboard.

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Version: 2.8 | 1.20 MB | Freeware
Approx. download time: 7 min. at 28.8 kbps

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Printer folder in Start Menu

To put a cascading Printers Folder on your Start Menu, right-click the Start Menu, select Open. Right-click a blank area in the Start Menu and select New, then in the resulting window, select Folder. Right-click the new folder and select name. Type into the text field exactly what I have listed below. (Or cut and paste the code) When finished, single click a blank area in the Start Menu.

Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

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Connect to your ISP faster

To connect to your ISP faster go to: Start> Programs> Accessories> Communications> Dialup Networking, right-click your connection, select Properties> Server Types, and un-check all of the boxes except "TCP/IP".

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Renaming Folders

Most people know about the most common method of renaming folders, which is:

  1. Right-click on a folder.

  2. Select Rename from the resulting popup menu.

  3. Rename the folder what you wish. 

  4. Press enter on your keyboard.

Another way is:

  1. Click on the text area of the file or folder.

  2. Click again in the text area. Wait 2-3 seconds between clicks.

  3. Now rename the file or folder whatever you wish.

  4. Press Enter on your keyboard.

Yet another way:

  1. Single click the file or folder you wish to rename.

  2. Press F2 on your keyboard.

  3. Rename the file or folder whatever you wish.

  4. Press Enter on your keyboard.

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Case Sensitive Search

By default, Windows won't search local drives using case sensitive searches.  But, if you have many files that you are searching for that have similar names and you would like to be able to narrow your search a bit, you can enable the case sensitive search feature. Go to Start> Find> Find Files or Folders... (or Windows key-F),  then select Options> Case Sensitive.

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Recover a Window

I have had a few questions from guests who have lost their windows off of the edge of their screen and were unable to drag it back using the title bar. To remedy this, use one of Windows tile features in the taskbar. Here's how:
1. Right-click a blank area of the taskbar (your clock resides on the taskbar).
2. In the resulting menu, select Cascade Windows, Tile Windows Horizontally or Tile Windows Vertically. 
Note: Any of the tile features will give you access to your title bar.

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Speed Up Your Boot Cycle

Here is a way I have found to improve on the speed of your boot cycle. You will have to modify the msdos.sys file using Notepad.  Follow the instructions below:

  1. Select Find/Files or Folders from the Start Menu.

  2. Enter msdos.sys in the Named box and C: in the Look In box; then click the Find Now button.

  3. When the file appears, right-click it and select Properties from the pop-up menu.

  4. Click to remove the check marks from the Read-Only and Hidden attributes and click OK.

  5. Right-click msdos.sys again and select Open With from the pop-up menu.

  6. Enter Notepad as the opening program and click OK.

  7. Under [Options], enter BootDelay=0 or BootDelay=1 on its own line. (They represent respective delays of zero seconds and one second, both of which are faster than the default.)

  8. Save your changes and close Notepad.

  9. Return msdos.sys to its hidden, read-only state.  (Right-click it, select Properties from the pop-up menu, and check the Read-Only and Hidden check boxes; then click OK.)

  10. Quit and restart Windows.

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SysEdit : Optimize Your Virtual Cache
Location: Start/Run. Type sysedit and press Enter.  Key feature: Edits or adds lines to configuration files such as autoexec.bat, config.sys, and win.ini.  

Notice your system periodically stalling while the hard drive thrashes? This phenomenon is often caused by the Windows virtual cache feature. Like onboard caching, this cache is designed to reduce disk access, but it can easily grow large enough to put a dent in your performance. If you've got 32MB of RAM or more, try setting the cache size at a fixed number. I recommend 4MB for systems with less than 48MB of RAM, and 8MB for those with 48MB or more.  Here's how to set it up:

  1. Run SysEdit. (Select Run in your Start menu, type SysEdit in the text box, and press Enter.)
  2. Click in the system.ini window.
  3. Scroll down to the [vcache] section. If you don't see one, type in [vcache] as a new heading.
  4. If you have 48MB of RAM or less, enter these two lines:
    MinFileCache=0
    MaxFileCache=4096
  5. If you have more than 48MB of RAM, enter these two lines:
    MinFileCache=0
    MaxFileCache=8192
  6. Close SysEdit, saving changes on the way out, and restart Windows.

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Drag and Drop Methods

Dragging and Dropping files, objects or programs using the left mouse button lets Windows assume the operation you wish to perform. Example:

Files: Move 
Objects: Copy
Programs: Create Shortcut

If you want control over these operations, you can right-click files, objects or programs which will give you the same choices in a pop up menu. Simply choose any of the operations listed.

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Restore .GIF and .JPEG Preview

When you click an image icon in Windows Explorer, the picture preview may not be displayed on the left side of the pane.  Below, you will find the remedy for this issue:


If the computer has any version of Internet Explorer 4, click Start, then Run, and type:
regsvr32.exe /i shdocvw.dll

If the computer has Internet Explorer 5, click Start, then Run, and type:
regsvr32.exe /i shdoc401.dll

You may also want to examine the following MS Knowledge Base article:
"Image Previews Not Displayed in Windows Explorer"

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Extract a file using SFC.EXE

[Windows 98] The following is a method of extracting files from your Windows 98 CD using the System File Checker program. The example we will use for these instructions is the Kernel32.dll file. Where kernel32.dll appears in these instructions, simply replace with the file of your choice.

Extract a new copy of the Kernel32.dll file from the Windows 98 CD-ROM then install it to the Windows\Systems folder:

  1. Click 'Start' on the Windows taskbar. (The 'Start' menu appears.)
  2. Select 'Run...'. (The 'Run' dialog box appears.)
  3. Type the following in the 'Open' box: SFC.EXE
  4. Click 'OK'. (The 'System File Checker' dialog box appears.)
  5. Select the 'Extract one file from installation disk' radio button.
  6. Insert the Windows 98 installation CD or disk into the appropriate drive. 

NOTE: If the Autorun feature is enabled, the 'Windows 98 CD-ROM' window appears. Close the window by clicking the 'Close' button (represented by an X in the upper right-hand corner of the window). 

  1. Type the following in the 'Specify the system file you would like to restore' text box:
    KERNEL32.DLL
  2. Click 'Start'. (The 'Extract File' dialog box appears. The selected file is displayed.)
  3. Type the complete path of the desired .cab file in the 'Restore from' text box.
  4. Type the following in the 'Save file in' text box: :\WINDOWS\SYSTEM (where X is the drive on which Windows 98 resides, typically C).
  5. Click 'OK' to extract the file.
  6. Click 'Close' to exit the System File Checker.

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