Neat tidbits of info about Windows NT and Windows 95
Tricks and shortcuts, mostly stolen from LockerGnome (www.lockergnome.com)
If you have a ZIP drive that isn't always present, you get messages when
it isn't. You can turn off these messages by setting
to 0 (it is 1 by default). I found that this worked equally well
for a tape drive that I didn't always have connected - find the same key
(ErrorControl) under the driver for the tape.
Screen capture - just hit "Print Screen" to capture a bitmap of the screen
into the clipboard. hit "ALT + Print Screen" to capture a bitmap of the
current window. (Can paste into 'Paint')
The taskbar can be enlarged - just grab the "inside" edge and stretch.
Great when you have beaucoup windows.
Faster Control Panel access: Right click "My Computer", "Network Neighborhood",
"Start", or just the background screen, then Properties to bring up System,
Network, start menu, or display controls (respectively). Add a shortcut
to control panel (on Start or desktop) with a folder named
Start menu structure on NT: %SystemRoot%\Profiles is where it's all stored
- top list is from specific user profile, next is "All Users".
Rather than using "Open With" and "Open", can use "Send To" to view a file
- put notepad.exe and/or wordpad.exe shortcuts in the SendTo directory
of the specific user profile (or other programs).
Right-click a DLL or EXE and select properties - often a second pane is
available to give version info (and more). QuickView will show even more.
F3 (when no win has focus) brings up search for files.
ALT-double click brings up "properties" faster than using the pop-up menu
*.FTS and *.GID files can allegedly be deleted safely - they're left over
from HELP searches. *.CNT may also be expendable. Windows95 has a bunch
of ultra-simple tutorials as .AVI files in it's tree - no need to keep
IE 4.01 supposedly has a general purpose task scheduler.
WinKey tricks: Winkey + E = Opens Explorer, +F = Find (same as F3 w/o focus),
+Pause = System Properties, +D Maximize/Minimize all windows,
+M = minimize all windows,
+shift+M = Maximize all "WinKey + E" minimized windows, +Tab
= Flip between open apps in the taskbar
Microsoft Outlook - you can get a vcard plugin, and a 3 pane addon that
lets you see a message's contents without opening it from microsoft.com
Restarting Windows without total reboot - hold SHIFT while hitting "restart
Turning off Password at start-up - If you have a network installed,
each time you log on you will be asked for a password. To disable this:
1.Under Network Properties, Configuration Tab, click
Windows Logon in the Primary Network Logon box. Don't restart yet.
2.Under Passwords icon on Control Panel, Change
Passwords tab, click the Change Windows Password button, click OK, then
set a blank password.
To have Windows 95 Log on a specific username automatically
every time you start Windows 95, use TweakUI, Network Tab, and specify
a Username and Password.