A Bunch Of Cool Tips and Tricks

Windows Logon Box; Wanna Rename It

Run regedit and go to HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Then add or change the key:
LegalNoticeCaption REG_SZ=”(Title for Box)”

And the same for this key:
LegalNoticeText REG_SZ=”(Message to be displayed in the box)”

Wanna Move Your Start Button.

How to move or close the start button!
1. Click on the Start button.
2. Press the Esc key.
3. Press the Alt and the – or dash keys at the same time.
4. This will give you a menu, you can move or close.
5. But if you move it you need to use the arrow keys and not the mouse.
6. When you get it where you want it, push the Enter button.


Aligning Drop-Down Menus to the Right
All dropdown menus can be aligned to the right.
This features becomes useful when trying to access menus with submenus that appear directly to the right.
1. Open the Registory editor (e.g. regedit.exe)
2. Goto \\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
3. Create a string entry called “MenuDropAlignment”
4. Set its value to 1
5. Reboot

Adding AnyFolder and Mail to SendTo

Previous examples of adding items to the SendTo usually require editing the Registry. An easy way around this is to use the following methods.


  1. Open the Explorer.
    2. Go to \Windows\SendTo.
    3. Right click in the right hand panel.
    4. Select New / Text Document.
    5. Name it anything with a .otherfolder extension.

When you want to send files to another folder:

  1. Select the files with Explorer.
    2. Right Click
    3. Select Send to and the name you just created
    4. You them have the option of copying or moving the file to a folder of your choice

To add Mail:

  1. Open the Explorer
    2. Go to \Windows\SendTo.
    3. Right click in the right hand panel.
    4. Select New / Text Document.
    5. Name it anything with a .MapiMail extension (ignore any warnings about the file extension)

When you want to Mail files as attachments:

  1. Select the files with Explorer.
    2. Right Click.
    3. Select Send to and the Mail name you just created.
    4. This allows you to easily mail multiple files.

Ya Say ya Don’t like Desktop Icons

How to Remove the InBox and Recycle Bin Icons from the Desktop
To remove the InBox from your desktop, without needing to run the Policy Editor:
1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Desktop \ NameSpace
3. Below that should be a few keys
4. Rename the key {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}. I usually put another character before or after the curly braces.
5. Restart Windows and the InBox icon should be gone
6. You can do the same for any other items you don’t to show such as the Recycle Bin or The Internet icons

Add The Device Manager To Your Desktop
This Is Really Cool

This allows you to quickly see all the devices attached to your computer.
This way you do not need to restart the computer. To add the Device Manager Icon:
1. Right click on an open area of your desktop.
2. Select New / Shortcut.
4. Replace C:\WINDOWS with whatever directory you installed Windows95.
5. Click on the Next box.
6. At the next dialog box type in Device Manager.
7. Click on the Finish when you are done.
Note: Replacing the 1 with a 3 will bring up the Performance Status.

Get To Your Desktop Fast And Easy

How To get to your Desktop when you have a lot of apps open!
1. Open a browser window (double-click on “My Computer”)
2. If there is no toolbar, select View from the menu and select Toolbar.
3. Then from the dropdown list-box in the toolbar select desktop.
4. Now minimize it and forget about it.
5. To access your desktop just click the desktop window on the taskbar.
6. As long as you don’t close the window when you shutdown, it will reopen when you start windows again.
Better yet: You can drag the Desktop folder to the start menu.
Then you just press Ctrl-ESC and click on Desktop, or type D. Bingo!

Ya Say Ya Don’t Like Window Animation

You can shut off the animation displayed when you minimize and maximize windows. This makes navigating Windows 95 a little faster. Besides it make me rock in my seat.
1. Open Regedit
3. Control panel
4. Desktop
5. WindowMetrics
6. Right Mouse Click an empty space in the right pane.
7. Select new/string value.
8. Name the new value MinAnimate.
9. Doubleclick on the new string value (MinAnimate) and click on “Modify”
10. Enter a value of 0 for Off or 1 for On then hit
11. Close Regedit and all programs then reboot.

See Free Memory, File Sizes and More Useful Details

  1. Open a DOS box
    2. Go to the directory that you want to get specific info about, or if you just want to see memory info go to any directory (I use the root).
    3. Type DIR /V
    4. The /v argument stands for “verbose”.
    5. All sorts of good information comes up.
    OR, Copy this cute little Batch File in notepad and “Save As” DV.BAT
    DIR /V/P

Configuring the Start and Programs Menus

The items that appear on the Start and Programs menus are arranged alphabetically. To specify a different order, rename menu items to include a number as their first character. Renaming menu items in this way also enables users to start an application by pressing the number at the beginning of the application’s name.

To specify the order in which items on the Start or Programs menu appear

  1. Right-click the Start button, and then click Open.
    2. To specify the order of items at the top of the Start menu, skip to step 3.

To specify the order of items on the Programs menu, double-click the Applications folder.
To specify the order of items on a submenu of the Programs menu, double-click the Applications folder, and then double-click the folder that corresponds to the submenu.

  1. Right-click the item that you want to appear first on the menu, and then click Rename.
    4. Press HOME, type the number 1 followed by a space, and then press ENTER.
    5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 using consecutive numbers until all the menu items that you want to arrange in a different order have been numbered.

For information about the following topics, see online Help:

Adding an application to the Start or Programs menu
Adding new submenus (or folders) to the Programs menu
Rearranging items on the Programs menu

Note  Windows 95 adds your most recently used documents to the Documents menu or the Start menu. When you open a file in a Win32-based application, Windows 95 adds the data file to the Documents menu. Windows 95 does not add files to this list that were opened in a Win16-based application. However, if you double-click a document in Windows Explorer or My Computer, Windows 95 does add it to the list.

Quick Start Menu Access

By default, Windows 95 orders all the items in the top portion of your Start menu (above Programs) alphabetically: pop-out folders first, then shortcuts. But this order isn’t written in stone. You can specify any order you want by renaming these items with a number at the beginning of each.

Right-mouse-click the Start button and select Open. Inside, select the item you want to appear at the top of the Start menu, press F2 for Rename, then place the cursor at the beginning of the name and type the number 1. Press Enter to keep the change. Place a 2 in front of the item you want to appear next in the list, and so on.

Close the Start Menu window, click Start, and admire your reorganization.
Tip: Now you can open any custom Start menu item by pressing Ctrl-Esc and then typing the number at the beginning of that item’s name. Previously, if multiple Start menu items started with the same letter, there was no way to select them using the keyboard.)

View Multi- Drive Properties at Once

Here’s an easy way to view the properties for multiple hard drives simultaneously. Open My Computer and select all your hard drives by holding down Ctrl and clicking on each drive in turn. Next, right-click on any of the drives and choose Properties. Windows creates a single dialog box with Properties tabs for each drive. This also works for floppy disk, removable and mapped network drives.

The Logo.sys Mystery!!

Why do some Windows 95 computers have a LOGO.SYS file in the root directory and others do not? Background: The LOGO.SYS file is a bitmap that displays the boot-up screen when you launch Win95. If you can’t find LOGO.SYS on your system, then you probably don’t have one. Without the file, Windows loads the opening logo screen from the IO.SYS file. If you want to change the file, simple create a bitmap image (it can’t be larger than 256 Color and 320 x 400—Windows stretches it to 640×480 for display, which is why the startup screen looks so bad) and drop it in the root directory.

Create Shortcuts to any Control Panel Item

You can make a shortcut to any item in your Control Panel. In fact you can make a shortcut for all of them and put them all in a Desktop folder.

Here’s an example for creating a shortcut to the Device Manager:
1. Right-click on the Desktop and choose New/Shortcut
2. Type C:\WINDOWS\CONTROL.EXE SYSDM.CPL  in the Command Line box and click on Next.
3. Name it Device Manager (or another name of your choice), then click on the Finish button. Assign a new icon to the shortcut as you would any other.

Use Notepad As a Word Processor

Here’s a little ditty that may help those who don’t want a formal word processor, but do what to save their page setup settings.

Here’s the problem: Someone wanted to print a document from Notepad without the Page Header and Footer. Their document was running over into two pages and they wanted to keep it to one. Since they will be running this document regularly, going into Page Setup every time they wanted to print would be time-consuming. The Knowledge Base article Q64269 advises that you can’t change the Default Page Setup. Here is the workaround I found.


If you choose Page Setup from the File menu in Notepad, the settings are not saved when the file is saved. Example: you want to remove the header and footer from all notepad documents you print. When you go into page setup and remove the default header and footer, then exit notepad and re-start notepad, the header and footer re-appear.

All accessory applications use a flat-file format and the formatting information is not saved with the file; therefore, it is not shown with its last settings when the file is opened.

Here is a work around.

Shut down all instances of notepad.exe (this will not work if notepad is not shut down).

Run Registry Editor (at your own risk), and find

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad\ . Change the key/value “fSavePageSettings” from 0 to 1.

Run Notepad and make your changes in the Page Setup screen. Exit Notepad.

Notice the changes to the registry.

This should now keep any changes you make in the Notepad Page Setup Screen.

HAVE PHUNN!!!!!!!!


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