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It's possible to create shortcuts that link to an Explorer view of a folder. First create a shortcut to the folder by right-clicking on it and then place the shortcut on the desktop. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties. Add C:\windows\explorer /e,/root, (including the comma) to the start of the Target field.
New Explorer windows
Open Explorer and select View, Folder Options, and click the File Types tab. Find the Folder entry and choose Edit, New. Enter Explore from here under Action and type C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /E,/ROOT,%1 for the application path. Now when you right-click on a folder you get a new ?Explore from here' option.
To make Explorer your default for viewing folders choose View, Folder Options, File Types again and locate the Folder entry. Choose Edit, select Explore from the list of options, and click on the Set Default button. Double-clicking on a folder will now bring up Explorer each time.
In Explorer you can change the way files are displayed by choosing Arrange Icons, from the View menu.
The Windows 98 search utility uses wildcards in the same way as MS-DOS. Use a question mark for a character you are uncertain of, and an asterisk in place of a whole word.
To look everywhere on your computer for a file, including your floppy drive, simply select My Computer in the Look In box.
If you want to quickly find out the full path of a file, open the Start, Run dialog box and drag the file into it. The full path will then be displayed for you.
Snazzy mouse pointer
Give your mouse pointer a different look by double-clicking on the Mouse icon in the Control Panel, selecting the Pointers tab, then clicking on the
Scheme drop-down list.
Here's a good one. If you use the very useful Send To command on a regular basis then a good tip is to place a shortcut to the Send To folder ? located in C:\Windows ? into the Send To folder itself. Now, when you want to add another application to the Send To list you can use the Send To command to do it for you.
If you want to search for multiple files on your computer you can look for them all as part of
one search. Simply put a space between each filename you're looking for ? for example,
It's simple to delete items from your Start, Documents folder. Look in the C:\Windows\Recent folder, and delete the shortcuts you don't want.
If your Windows 98 program won't enable you to choose the folder your documents are dumped into by default, then get around the restriction by creating a new shortcut to the program in question and clicking on Properties. Then enter the folder you want your documents saved to in the Start In box.
Get to know your PC
To find out everything you'll ever need to know about your computer, search for the MSINFO32.EXE file using Find. It tells you information about your DLL files, fonts, drivers, memory and much more.
To create shortcuts to every program on your PC quickly, create a new folder called Inventory
and then launch the Find utility and look for *.EXE *.COM files (don?t forget the space between *.EXE and *.COM).
After the search is complete choose Select All from the Edit menu, and copy all the files as shortcuts (don?t drag them!) into the new Inventory folder.
You can change the speed with which your keyboard repeats characters and moves the cursor by changing the speed settings under Keyboard in Control Panel.
If you know roughly where the file you want is, just right-click on the folder it's in and select Find. Windows will then only search this folder for the file.
If you find that your desktop icons are breeding like rabbits then right-click the desktop and select Properties. Click on the Appearance tab, then the Icon drop-down menu. Choose Icon,
and then pick a smaller size to fit them all on-screen.
A quick way to switch between applications open on the desktop is to press [Alt] + [Tab] to cycle between them.
Toggle between apps
If you've got many programs open at once then you can toggle between just two of them using [Alt] + [Tab]. The program you opened last is always the first choice when switching applications this way, regardless of how many programs you have open.
Changing system files
Important system files, such as MSDOS.SYS, are ?Read Only? by default. Before you can change them you must change their Read Only status. To do this, simply right-click on the file, select Properties,
and then change the file attributes.
Look for the ToggleKeys option on the Keyboard tab in Accessibility options. This is a very useful feature that plays tones when you hit [Caps Lock], [Num Lock] and [Scroll Lock].
If you want to get Windows 98 to help you install your software go to the Control Panel,
select the Add/Remove Programs icon and click Install. Windows then searches for an installation file on removable media and runs it.
Have a rescue disk handy if a program renders your system unbootable. Select Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs and click on the Start Up Disk tab. When you've created your disk test it to make sure you can boot up from it.
Right mouse dragging
Use the right mouse button to drag files to the desktop, because on release you're given a nice context menu giving you options to create a shortcut, move the file or copy it.
Left mouse dragging
Alternatively, hold down [Ctrl] + [Shift] while using the left mouse button when dragging files to the desktop ? you?ll get the same options as if you had right-clicked.
To quickly exit a minimised task in the taskbar simply right-click on the task and select Close from the Context menu.
Quick floppy installs
If you install a lot of software from your floppy drive then save yourself some time by creating shortcuts to A:\INSTALL.EXE and A:\SETUP.EXE on your desktop.
Shortcut to Start
Just drag any program on to the Start button to quickly create a shortcut to it on the Start menu.
A quick way to bring up the properties of a file is to hold down the [Alt] key as you double-click on it.
You could be wasting time loading your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files on bootup when you no longer need them.
You can test it out by renaming CONFIG.SYS to CONFIG.OLD and
re-booting. If everything works fine then do the same thing with AUTOEXEC.BAT.
Ordered Start menu
Right-click on the Start button and select Open, then rename each item with a number at the start of the name. You can now press [Ctrl] + [Escape] to open the Start menu,
and then enter the number to quickly launch the item.
Pack your Briefcase
To quickly put files in your Briefcase (which is under the Start menu), simply right-click on them and select Send To, Briefcase.
Changing Move to Copy
To change a Move to a Copy when dragging and dropping a file or folder, hold down the [Ctrl] key.
Re-starting your PC can be a tedious process ? however, you can speed things up a little.
Create a text file containing the line '@exit', and save it as a .BAT file. Next, create a shortcut to the file on the desktop. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties. In the Program tab select Close on exit,
and click the Advanced button. Ensure MS-DOS Mode is selected, while
'Warn before entering MS-DOS Mode' is not. Windows will now immediately restart with this shortcut installed.
Straight to screensaver
A quick way to launch your favourite screensaver without going through endless dialog boxes is to locate the .SCR file in the C:\Windows\System directory, and then drag it on to the desktop as a shortcut.
Close dialog box
A quick way to close a dialog box is to simply press the [Escape] key.
Faster Windows 98
Increase the speed of Windows 98 by giving more memory to hard drive caching. Do this by fooling Windows 98 that your PC is actually a Network server.
To achieve this, select Control Panel, System, Performance, Advanced Settings, File System. Choose Network Server in the Settings box.
Get around dialogs
Move from one item to the next easily in a dialog box by pressing the [Tab] key. Press [Ctrl] + [Tab] to jump to the next item.
You can select the highlighted item by pressing the spacebar.