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General Tips

   The Easter Egg in Windows 95
1)Right click on the desktop Select "New Folder" and name the folder: and now, the moment you've all been waiting for 2)Right click the folder and rename it to: we proudly present for your viewing pleasure 3)Right click the folder and rename it again: The Microsoft Windows 95 Product Team! Make sure that you type EXACTLY what is written above and this is case sensitive.
Do you miss File Manager & Program Manager ?
Select F3 (find utility) from desktop. Search for WINFILE.EXE, PROGMAN.EXE and in the Look in Box give C:\ Then select Search. Once you find those files drag them to the desktop or create a shortcut for it.
Tired of your Single or Double speed CD-Rom running slow ?
You can make the cd-rom run as if were a Quad+ speed drive: 1. Go to My Computer / System / Properties / File System / CDROM 2. Set the supplemental cache all the way to the right. (MAX.) 3. Set Access Pattern to QUAD Speed +. You'll have to restart Windows 95, WOW! What a difference!
TIPS.TXT file from Microsoft
Did you know that shipped with version 490+ there is a file called TIPS.TXT located in the Windows directory ? Well, if didn't know about it, then check it out.
Erase a File Forever
Some files may be sensitive (budget reports) or toxic (some bad Internet downloads) and you want them immediately gone forever, without a stop in the Recycle Bin. To immediately delete a file, no fooling around, hold down the Shift key when you delete it (Shift + delete).
Change the settings in MSDOS.SYS file to suit your purpose
First of all, make a backup of MSDOS.SYS file in case of any horrors. Go to C:\ prompt and change attributes of MSDOS.SYS using -> C:\>ATTRIB -R -H -S MSDOS.SYS Edit the file and save the changes. Again set the attributes -> C:\>ATTRIB +R +H +S MSDOS.SYS The changes you can make are in the [Options] Section :- 1. Changing BootDelay=0 you can speed up the booting process. 2. Changing BootMenu=1 will show the Win95 Startup Menu at bootup. 3. Changing BootGUI=0 will boot the system to the DOS prompt. 4. Changing Logo=0 will not show the startup Logo Bitmap.
Remove Unwanted Fonts
It is recommended to keep only a conservative number of fonts on your system at once, although it may seem easy to install hundreds at a click. If you have found yourself with tons of fonts and are not sure which ones to remove, here is a method that might prove useful. Start removing (or archiving) fonts by getting rid of those which are extremely similar. Luckily, Win95 has a view mode in the Fonts Control Panel that allows you to see which fonts are similar to one another. To access the fonts control panel in order to start removing similar fonts: 1. Click on the "Start" Menu, and choose "Settings;" 2. Click on "Control Panel" from the cascading menu that follows; 3. In the "Control Panel" window which follows, double-click "Fonts" 4. Click on the "View" menu and choose "List Fonts by Similarity." The window which listed all of the fonts now lists all of the fonts according to the similarity to the font listed in the pull-down box next to the words "List fonts by similarity to." Change the fonts listed at the top in order to view all of your fonts according to their similarity to the one you choose. MAKE SURE you do not delete/archive fonts that Win95 or any of your applications require to operate! Also, if you start deleting fonts that are very similiar except to their "Bold" or "Italic" prefixes, some word-processing and drawing programs will still allow you to choose bold or italic properties...but some won't. Use this trick with care.
Get Extra Info From Digitized Sound Files
A digitized sound file (.WAV file for you techies) is just a digitzed sound file, and nothing else..isn't it? Surprising to some, some digitized sound files actually contain an information header which can contain extra information about a sound, which can include: * Archival Location (Where the sound is located) * Artist (The artist who made the sound) * Comments (General sound comments) * Commissioned (Who comissioned the sound) * Engineer (Who engineered the original sound) * Genre (The sound genre) * Keywords (Keywords categorizing the sound) * Medium (The original sound medium) * Name (The name of the sound) * Product (The product the sound is in) * Software (The software the sound is in) * Source (The source of the recording used for the sound file) * Source Form (The form of source recording used for the sound file) * Subject (The sound file's subject) * Technician (The technician who editied the sound file) Although not every sound contains all (or part) of this information, it may be interesting to find sounds which contain some of this data. To find such information about a sound (if it exists), simply: 1. Right-click on a .WAV sound file; 2. Choose "Properties." from the menu which appears; 3. Choose the "Details" tab from the dialog box "(sound file) Properties" which appears; 4. Follow the instructions under the text "Other Information" to view the information (if you do not see this text, there is no extra information for this sound file); 5. Click "OK" when done.
EDIT Multi-File Trick
When editing batch files, it may be convenient to use DOS's EDIT program for data entry instead of Win95's NOTEPAD. If you choose to do so, be sure to take advantage of EDIT's multi-file support. Unlike previous versions, you can use EDIT to modify up to nine files at once. What you may not realize about EDIT, though, is that you can type in the following to edit multiple files straight from the command line: EDIT *.txt EDIT *.bat The previous two lines would load EDIT with the first nine text files it finds in the current directory, or load EDIT with the first nine batch files it finds in the current directory, respectively. This can be a definite time-saver if you frequently modify multiple files at a time, perhaps by putting all of the text files making up a project in one directory and using the command-line to edit them all at once.
Disable AutoRun
AutoRun plays CDs as soon as you put them in the drive. If you don't like this feature, you can turn it off. Right-click on My Computer and select the Device Manager tab. Find your CD-ROM drive on the list, then double-click on it. Select the Settings tab and deselect Auto Insert Notification.
Screen Gems
LOGO.SYS is the "startup" screen of Windows95. LOGOW.SYS is the "Please wait while your computer shuts down" screen. LOGOS.SYS is the "It's now safe to turn off your computer" screen. Though they have a SYS extension, these files are standard bitmaps (320 x 400, 256 colors), you can modify with the Paint applet for custom startup and shut-down screens.

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