Productivity Tips

A Better Clipboard
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
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                Tip! When using the clipboard that installs with Windows95, every time you paste something new to it, you lose the last thing that was there. Windows95 has a ClipBook that you can save clippings and reuse the. To install it, put the Windows95 CD-ROM in your CD drive, and in the resulting window, select Add/Remove Software. Go to the Windows Setup tab, click Have Disk, click, Browse, and move to d:\Other\Clipbook (where d is your CD-ROM drive letter.) The only file that will be in that directory will be the CLIPBOOK.INF file. Double-click it. Check ClipBook Viewer and install it. You will now be able to open ClipBook through your Start menu, under the Accessories heading.

Access a Web Site Fast!
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To access the Internet quickly click on the start button then go to run. At run type in an internet address such as www.google.com and you will be there in a flash!

Auto-Completion of Commands
Platform: Windows NT User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To enable auto-completion of a command (similar to that used in tsch in unix) start the registry editor and change the value of the CompletionChar key to 9. (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor) Once this is done you can just hit the tab key to complete your commands. (Ex. type c --> type c:\command.com type c --> type c:\config.sys)

But I don't want to open with that!
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If a file is associated with a program it will launch that program when you double click on it, or right click and select OPEN. If you want to open the file with a different program all you have to do is press the shift key and right click on it. You now have the option Open with..., use that and select the program that you want to open the file with.

Clear Out Documents
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To clear your Recent Documents from the Start Menu, right click the Task Bar, select Properties, then choose the Start Menu Programs tab. Press the Clear button down bottom.

Close All Apps - Fast
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you don't want to take the time to close all your applications, simply select Shutdown from the Start menu and pick the "Close all programs and log on as a different user?" options. Then just log back on as the same user.

Closing All Open Windows
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To simultaneously close all the windows you have opened, simply hold the shift key and click the X button on the right side of the folders title bar.

Closing Unwanted Explorer Windows
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
When browsing your computer, you can often end up with a screen full of unwanted folders. To close a folder and all its parent folders, just hold down SHIFT while closing a folder. Try it, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Command Line Completion for NT4.0
Platform: Windows NT User Level: Advanced Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If any of you are like me, and spend 90% of your time in a telnet window using bash, you'll know how nice the command line completion via the TAB key is. Well, somewhere along the lines, I found this great little registry hack, that allows you to do the same thing under NT4.0 Just search for this line : hkey_current_user/Software/Microsoft/Command Processor. Once you find that line, double click it, and change the value from 0 to 9, and you're set! :)

Configure Windows 95 Default Mail Program
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
This is something that I haven't seem documented anywhere. If you have Netscape and Internet Explorer, there is no way to make Netscape Mail the default mail program (so it will come up when you click on an email link in a help file, program, etc.). To fix this, go to the registry, then to the section HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command. Under command, enter the full path to Netscape and then %1 (mine looks like this: c:\internet\netscape\program\netscpae.exe %1. That's It!

Control Panel Extensions
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
There are files with the .cpl after the file name are control panel extensions. There may have some floating around on your hard drive, just put them in the C:\windows\system dir and when you access your control panel again you will notice that there is the files icon in there. You can also use this if you want to take an icon out of your control panel that was associated with another program that was deleted... or if you don't want it showing up in your control panel, just move it into another folder for later use.

Control Panel in a Menu
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To put the contents of the Control Panel on your Start menu (or in any folder), create a folder and paste in Control Panel.

Copying and Moving Files
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Select the files you want to copy or move, right-click and select Copy or Cut. Open the destination location, right-click and select Paste.

Creating a New Folder While Saving
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
When using "Save As" in a Windows 95 common dialog, you can create a new folder simultaneously in which to store the file you are saving. To do this, right-click the dialog list control and choose the New.Folder item to create a new folder. Double-click the new folder to open it and then continue the save process.

Creating a Shortcut
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Right click on the desktop, choose New from the drop down list, and select Shortcut. After providing the path and Shortcut name, the new desktop Shortcut will be created.

Customizing the Right Click Menu
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To customize the right click menu: open any folder. Click on View\Options. Click on the File Types tab. Chose the type of file you wish to edit. Click on Edit. In the actions display click New. The action is what will appear in the menu.

Delayed printing
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you wish to scan several images to be printed, or to send several documents to the printer but not have them print out at that time, do the following. First from the Start button go to settings, then printers. Select your printer. Open up the print manager by clicking on the printer icon. Next drop down the printer menu and click on 'pause printing'. This will cause the printer to pause. Any items sent to the printer will now be spooled and stacked up (the only limit seems to be the size of your hard drive-temp file). When you wish to commence printing just go to the print manager and remove the tick from 'Pause printing'. The printer will then begin to print everything in the print manager.

Delete Unwanted Temporary Files
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To delete unwanted temporary files when you startup every time, simply add in this line in C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT "Echo Y|If Exist C:\Windows\Temp\*.* Del C:\Windows\Temp\*.* >Nul"

Deleting a Print Job
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you have ever started to print and decided you need to add to the file? Double click the printer icon in the tasp bar at the bottom of the screen. When the printer information screen comes up: click printer; click purge print job. The print job will stop printing, saving ink and paper due to unnecessary printing.

Desktop in The Start Button
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you are like me you hate minimizing or shrinking those windows to get to your shortcuts on the desktop. Well you don't need the hassle anymore, you can simply put the desktop folder in your start menu Programs. All you do is go to settings, then taskbar, then click over to Start Menu Programs and click on the Advanced button in the Customize Start Menu box. You also need to open the My Computer icon, select your hard drive [C:] and find the Windows folder and open it. Now using the right button on your mouse, drag the Desktop folder into the Programs folder in the Exploring - Start Menu window. A window will pop up asking, Move here, Copy Here, or Create Shortcut here; select Create Shortcut here. Now all you need to do is click on the Start button, go to Programs, and there will be a Desktop folder.

Desktop Shortcut
Platform: Windows CE User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To make a desktop shortcut from a file, Alt+Tap your file and choose Desktop Shortcut from the menu.

Dial your ISP automatically on boot-up!
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To make your computer use Dial-up networking to connect you to the internet every time you boot, go into the dial-up networking directory in "My Computer." Now click on the file that you usually use to connect to the internet and drag it to the desktop; it should appear there WITHOUT asking any questions such as "This file cannot be placed on the desktop, would you like to create a shortcut instead?" At this point, you should "cut" the file off of the desktop and placing it in your startup directory in your start menu. Now reboot your computer. It should automatically connect you to the internet without the "enter information" box appearing, forcing you to click Connect before it continues. If it does come up with the box, do two things... type in your password in the appropriate box when it appears on the boot-up and check the box below it that says "save password." Now you must connect to the internet once by clicking on Connect. The call must go through or else it will not save your password. Now disconnect from that call once it has completed verifying you. Go into dial-up networking in My Computer and click ONCE on the icon that you dragged to the desktop before. Choose "settings" from the toolbar at the top of the window. Uncheck the box in this window stating "Display information box." Now reboot and watch it dial!

Easy Control Panel Access
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you are always going into the Control Panel to change your settings, drag CONTROL.EXE from your Windows folder to your start button. Control Panel will now show up on your Start Button list.

Erase Your Past
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To erase your Start menu's Document list, right-click an empty spot on the Taskbar, select Properties, click the Start menu Programs tab, click Clear, and then click OK.

Fast access on Start Menu
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
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                  Tip! Want access to 9 of your favorite shortcuts? They can be just two keystrokes away. 1. Drag and drop your favorite shortcut onto the Start button. This will place it in the C:\WINDOWS\START MENU folder. 2. Rename the shortcuts preceded by a number 1-9. For example, rename a shortcut to "My Computer" to "1 My Computer". 3. To access the numbered shortcut, press Ctrl+Esc (Accesses Start Menu) Number corresponding to the shortcut. (Executes the Shortcut corresponding to the number.) For example, on my Start button menu, I have 1-Shortcut to My Computer 2-Shortcut to Word 3-Shortcut to Excel 4-Shortcut to Network Neighborhood 5-Shortcut to Internet Explorer. If I press Ctrl+Esc, 3, Excel will launch automatically.

File Manager Still Exists
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
You can still access the Windows 3.1 style File Manager by running WINFILE from the Run dialog. Or make a shortcut to \WINDOWS\WINFILE.EXE on your desktop.

Find File via Keyboard
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
While the desktop is active press the F3 key. This will open the Find File window and allow you to search for a file on the computer.

Finding Downloaded Files in IE4
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Sometimes IE4 seems to put files in strange places and makes them hard to locate after download. Some people have them downloaded to desktop to make them easier to locate but this tends to clutter the desktop after a while. To get around this, create a folder (it can be anywhere on your system) named "Downloads" (you can name it whatever you want) and then create a shortcut to that folder on your desktop. The next time you download a file, put that folder as your destination. IE4 remembers where it last put a file and will put them there next time. This way they are readily available from your desktop but don't clutter it up.

Hot Keys
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Win95 allows hotkeys for applications only if that app is open or minimized on your desktop. You can create hotkeys that work ALL the time (application does not have to be open or minimized) by following the method below: 1) Create a new directory called "Desktop Shortcuts". The path will be: C:\Windows\Start Menu\Desktop Shortcuts. 2) Place or copy any shortcut that you wish to create a hotkey to in this new directory. 3) Right click on each shortcut and choose properties. Click on the shortcut tab. 4) In the "Shortcut Key" field, type the letter you wish to use for the hot key (windows adds "CTRL & ALT). 5) Click OK. You can now press CTRL & ALT and your hotkey and your app will pop up, even if it's not already open.

Instant Desktop
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
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                  Tip! Need to click an icon/folder on the desktop? But is completely obscured by open Windows and you don't want to have to minimize them all to see the desktop again? Just click the Start-button, choose 'Run...' and type a dot (.) and press Enter.

Keep the Internet Connection Alive
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you want to keep your Internet connection alive while your awayfrom the computer, but don't want a special program using upyour precious resources without doing anything else useful,Open your E-Mail program, and tell it to check your E-Mailonce every minute under options. This way, it keeps informationgoing back and forth between you and the server, while doing something useful as well.

Minimizing All Windows
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
You can minimize all open windows at once; just use your right mouse button to click an empty area on the Taskbar, and then click Minimize All Windows.

Minimizing All Windows
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To minimize all open Windows simultaneously, right click on the Taskbar and choose Minimize All Windows from the drop down menu.

More Tips from Microsoft
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Find the TIPS.TXT file in your WINDOWS folder for some tips from the Windows 95 Development Team!

Multiple Program Launch
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
If you ever find it necessary to launch two (or more) programs at the same time (say Wordpad and Calculator), select each one using the control key while clicking. Then, moving to an open space in that window, hold down shift and double click.

Nice and Refreshing
Platform: Windows CE User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Speed up your HPC by deleting the shortcuts that you do not need from your desktop. You can get them back at any time, but your screen will re-draw faster with fewer shortcuts on the screen.

Numbers to Words
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
As there is no function in Excel to translate numbers to words, you can create a sheet and use the vlookup function to have instantaneous translation. This is very useful and can be used in cheques, bills, invoices, etc.

Only Do It Once
Platform: Windows CE User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Don't use recurring appointments in Schedule. Instead enter each appointment or event one by one. Using recurring appointments slows Schedule down considerably.

Open Site with Different Browser
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
In order to open a site using the non default browser and the run command. Just type in [Browser Command] URL. For example: IExplore.exe www.google.com.

Out of Reach Tabs
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
While it was mentioned somewhere on winfiles that "card layout" tabs (e.g. Start -> Settings -> ControlPanel -> Accessibility -> Mouse) are inaccessible without a mouse, windows does indeed allow a way to access them via keyboard: Simply press Ctrl-Tab to cycle through tabs.

Program Cancellation
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Tired of waiting for a program to load, and your system won't let you do anything else while it is loading? To cancel the loading program, Hit Control+Alt+Delete once, and a menu of open programs will come up. Click on the program that you want to cancel, and hit the End Task button.

Program Manager Still Exists
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
You can use the Windows 3.1 style Program Manager by running PROGMAN from the Run dialog. Or make a shortcut to \WINDOWS\PROGMAN.EXE on your desktop.

Program Maximize and Minimise
Platform: Windows CE User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To maximize or minimize a program or document, tap the taskbar button for that program or document.

Quick Access
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Limit your desktop shortcuts to high-priority documents for quick access.

Quick Close of All Programs
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To close all applications quickly without having to shut down Windows, simply click Start, Shutdown, then choose "Close all programs and log on as a different user" and log in as yourself again.

Quick Desktop Access
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To access your Desktop quickly without having to minimize all your open windows, simply make a shortcut to C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP and place it in your Start Menu.

Quick Icon Close
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Double-click the small icon in the upper-left of any window to close it quickly. If you do this in an application, with will prompt you to save any modified information.

Quick Password Enter
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Tired of having to re-enter passwords and User IDs on those web pages that require it like link exchange? Just save the e-mail they send you with your info in it (so you know it's correct) as a .txt file. Keep this on your desk top. Now when you visit link exchange or any other site that require your password/etc. just open that text file, select the appropriate password, and select COPY from the edit menu. Now bring up your browser and put the blinking cursor in the prompt and select PASTE from the edit menu. And there ya go! No more wondering if you typed you password/user ID/etc. correct or not.

Quicker Delete
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Send your items to the Recycle Bin without confirmation.In Windows Explorer, Scroll the left pane to the bottom and drag the Recycle Bin icon into the "Send To" folder in C:\Windows. When asked to create a shortcut, click "Yes". Go to the Send To folder and rename the item whatever you wish. Then Right-Click the desired file, choose "Send To", then click your Recycle Bin shortcut. Presto! Instant delete to the Recycle Bin without confirmation.

Quick-Viewing a Document
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Right click on any document and choose quick view from the drop down menu. This feature will allow you to view the item without launching the application it is associated with.

Reduce Recycle Bin Disk Utilization
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
By default, the Recycle Bin can occupy up to 10% of each hard drive on your system. On a PC with a 2 gigabyte hard drive, this represents 200 MEGABYTES of disk space allocated for your most recently deleted files. Unless you want to make your deleted files recoverable for a LONG time or unless you do a lot of file deleting, this is probably a waste of hard disk space. Right click on the desktop Recycle Bin icon and select Properties. Use the slider bar to adjust the Maximum Size of Recycle Bin to something more reasonable, say 2%. On a 2 gig drive, this still lets you keep 40 megabytes of deleted objects available for recovery.

Registry Backup
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Some of our tips involve editing the Registry. To be safe, make sure that you back up the Registry before making any changes to it, just in case something goes wrong.

Registry Backup, Part 2
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
In the last tip, we suggested that you backup your Registry before making any changes to it. We will now tell you how to back it up, so you don't have any excuses for not protecting yourself. Open the Registry Editor and pull down the Registry menu. Choose Export Registry File. Decide where you want to store the backup file, type in a name for the file, select All under export range, and click Save. Your Registry file is now backed up.

Registry Backup, Part 3
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Now that you have backed up your Registry file, we will tell you how to restore it again if you need to. Double-click on the REG file that you created. Choose Import Registry File under Registry, select the REG file, and click Open.

Remove Recent Documents
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To remove recent documents in the start menu when you startup every time, simply add in this line in C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT "Echo Y|If Exist C:\Windows\Recent\*.* Del :\Windows\Recent\*.* >Nul".

Running Minimized or Maximized
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To run a program minimized or maximized, simply create a shortcut for the item, then in the shortcut's Properties box change the Run option.

Save Password in Dial-Up
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
When connecting to your Internet Service Providor, if you are not able to check the box next to Save Password, here is the solution. Go into Control Panel/Network. In the box "Primary Network Logon:", select Client for Microsoft Networks. If it is unavailable, then, in the same window, click "Add" then "Client", then "Microsoft", then "Client for Microsoft Networks". You will need your Windows95 disk to complete the installation. After the computer restarts, make sure your Primary Network Logon is "Client for Microsoft Networks. Note: The first time you actually use the Internet after installing this Client, it will ask for a username and password after the initial dial and connect. DO NOT PUT A PASSWORD! Leave it blank, the username field needs a name, but not your Internet id, your first name or handle.

Screen-Saver Lockouts
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Adding a password protect to your screen saver will keep unwanted people out of your computer. Right click on your desktop, select Properties, click the Screen Saver tab, and select a screen saver. Then check Password protected and click Change to enter a password. Make to make the password not too obvious, but not something that you will forget in a few days.

Search Many Drives All At Once
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To search for files on several drives simultaneously, use the "Find Files or Folders" application in Windows95, type the filename to search in the "Named" field and type the drive letters in the "Look in" field but separate each drive with a semi-colon and a space. e.g. C:\; D:\; E:\ will find the requested file on any of these drives. Be sure to separate the drives with a semi-colon and a space.

Shortcut to the Taskbar Config window
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Tired of having to click the "Start" button then going to "Control Panel" and then "Taskbar"? Simply right click on the "Start" button and select "Explore", which will popup a Windows Explorer window with at the "Start Menu" directory. From there you can manipulate your start menu just like any other directory and/or files.

Start Menu Desktop
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Right-Click your mouse button on an empty spot on your taskbar. Then select PROPERTIES. Go to Start Menu Programs and click the ADD button. Enter in the command line c:\windows\desktop. Click NEXT. Place the shortcut in the START MENU folder. Click NEXT, then click FINISH. You now have access to your desktop shortcuts from anywhere at any time without minimizing dozens of windows. Simply click on your start button, and your Desktop folder will be on it.

Start Menu Easy Access
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Create a new shortcut call it Start Menu and insert the following in target in shortcut's properties: "C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,/n,/root,c:\windows\start menu". Now you can get to the start menu advanced setup from a shortcut.

Start Menu Trick
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
You can right mouse click on the start menu at the lower left hand corner of the windows screen and have access to windows explorer and find and open programs. This is a nice feature instead of opening the start menu and going to the program.

Take a Shortcut
Platform: Windows CE User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To create your own shortcut, ALT-tap the icon, and then tap "Desktop Shortcut" on the Shortcut menu.

Title Bar Trick
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
The title bar of an open windows does more than tell you the name of the window that is open. You can also use it to change the size of your window. If the window is maximized, double-click on the title bar of the window to down size it. In contrast, you can also double-click on the title bar of a down sized window to restore it to a full screen.

Top Level Start Menu
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Top level Start Menu programs are the programs that are above the dividing line in the Start Menu. A quick way to open one of these programs is to hit Ctrl+Esc, and then the first letter of the program.

Truncate Long Filenames
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Advanced Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
In Win95 a filename can be up to 255 characters, with as many spaces and periods as desired. Unfortunately, Microsoft's way of converting long names to the short version is bye adding a tilde (~) and a numeric character to the end of a file (e.g. "Web page.txt" would be webpag~1.txt). To get around this: start regedit.exe to open the Registry. Navigate the same way you do in Explorer to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\FileSystem. Right-click in the right pane. On the pop-up menu click New, then Binary Value. Type NameNumericTail and press enter. Double-click the new value and type 0 (zero) as the complete binary value. Click OK and restart Windows. Now, the 8.3 character versions of the filenames will be as close as possible to that of the long name (e.g. Thiscomputer.doc will be thiscomp.doc and not thisco~1.doc). It will only start adding numbers if you have more than one shortname with the same result.

Turbo Resart
Platform: Windows 95 User Level: Intermed. Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
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                  Tip! A one step method of "rebooting" your computer via a desktop icon (batch file). Step 1: Open notepad and type (@exit) Step 2 : Save the aforementioned as Restart.bat placing it in the root directory (C:\) Step 3 : Create a shortcut to this file on your desktop in the usual drag and drop manner utilizing the right mouse button. Step 4 : Right-click on the newly created icon and choose properties Step 5 : Click on the Program tab and select the option "close on exit". Step 6 : Next, select the Advanced tab and choose "MS-DOS mode" and deselect "Warn before entering MS-DOS mode" Step 7 : Click on OK and OK again. Step 8 : Optional - I used the little red sports car icon, in shell32.dll, and simply named it Doug's Turbo Restart.

Turning On Your Screen Saver
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
To immediately turn on your screen saver, select the .SCR file in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder that corresponds to your saver, right-click and drag it to the desktop to create a shortcut. Then double click the new shortcut to turn on the saver! This is also a good way to protect your machine quickly if you use password protection with your screen saver.

Underlined Shortcuts
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
The underlined letters in menus are shortcuts. Press ALT + the underlined letter to choose the item.

URL from Desktop
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Even if your web browser is not running, you can quickly go to a webpage by typing the URL in the "Run" box from the taskbar.

Using Task Bar Items
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Right-clicking on any item in the Task Bar will let you minimize, maximize, size, restore, move, or close the item.

Using the Title Bar
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Double-click any window's title bar to maximize and restore it.

Viewing a Disks Properties
Platform: Windows 95/98/NT User Level: Beginner Submitted by: Joe Lagaseeno
Right click on any drive and choose properties. The properties box will appear allowing you to label the disk, view it's properties or run system optimization tools.

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