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April 1996 WinTips

Win95 Tips of the Month

Screen Gems

LOGOW.SYS is the "wait" screen you see when you boot Win95, and 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 you can modify with the Paint applet for custom startup and shut-down screens.

No Questions Asked

If you use the ERASE *.* command in DOS or in an MS Command Prompt window, it asks you if you're sure, and you have to answer "Y" or "N." Here's an undocumented Win95 feature: By omitting the period and simply typing ERASE **, it deletes the contents of the folder, no questions asked. This is great for batch files or whenever you don't want to be bothered by questions.

John Woram Senior Contributing Editor

Close All Apps Fast

Close all your running programs by selecting Shut Down from the Start menu and choosing the "Close all programs and log on as a different user?" option. Then, log back on as the same user.

Make Icons from Bitmaps

If you have Microsoft Plus, you can create an icon from any bitmap image. Open Control Panel and double-click on Display. Select the Plus tab, then select the icon you want to change. Press Change Icon, then press Browse. Select "All Files" in the "Files of Type" box. Find a bitmap, then press Open. Click OK.

Fast Dial-Up Networking

Place your Dial-Up Networking Folder and its contents on the Start menu as a cascading menu by adding a folder with this name: Dial Up Net.{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}

Copy DOS Data

You can copy data from the MS-DOS Prompt: Right-click on the title bar and select Edit/Mark. Select the area in the MS-DOS Prompt window with the mouse by pressing and holding the left mouse button and dragging across the area you want to copy. Press the Enter key to copy.

Survey Your Properties

Bring up the Properties dialog fast by holding down the Alt key and double-clicking on the object of your choice.

Start Menu Secret

Here's a tip that lets you put Start menu items in the order you want and also launch them with keystrokes. Right-click on the Start button, then select Open. Rename each item by placing a number in front of it. Now you can open the Start menu by pressing Ctrl+Esc. Launch the program of your choice by simply pressing the associated number.

Hot, Hot, Hot Keys

Create shortcuts for your most frequently used programs. Bring up the Properties dialog for each by right-clicking on it and selecting Properties. Click on the Shortcut tab, and click once in the Shortcut Key field. Do the hot-key combination you want to assign, then click on OK. Assigning a hot key will allow you to switch to the program if it's already running on your desktop.

Familiar Faces

Print out all the fonts on your system by opening Control Panel, double-clicking the Fonts icon, then on the font of your choice and clicking on the Print button.

Get with the Program

When you drag and drop a file, it is either moved or copied, depending upon whether or not you're moving it from one drive to another. Unless, that is, the file is a program. Whenever you drag and drop a program file, Windows will create a shortcut in the new location by default.

Hot Key Secret

If a shortcut with a hot key is on the Start menu or the desktop, doing the key combination will launch the program even if it's not already running.

Hey, That's Not Funny

Click Here to see a 112 KB bitmap image of artwork which goes with this article, entitled:
Hey, That's Not Funny!

Just in time for April Fools' Day you can download humorous wallpaper and startup screens from the Win95 Joke Wallpaper Home Page.(

Visit the Win95 Tip of the Day Web site at Got a hot tip? Send it to or Mike Elgan, Windows Magazine, One Jericho Plaza, Jericho, NY 11753.

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