Win95 pauses for about two seconds during boot-up to give you the opportunity to press a start-up key such as F8. But you can remove the pause and make boot-up faster by opening the MSDOS.SYS file in Notepad and adding the entry BootDelay=0 to the [Options] section.
Most of us use the Start menu to find ScanDisk, Disk Defragmenter
or Backup. But there's a better way. In My Computer, right-click
on a drive and select Properties. Click on the Tools tab. Here
you'll get information on the last time you performed each of
the three disk operations, with launch buttons for each.
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If you've installed Microsoft Plus, you can open and edit .JPG
and .GIF files in Paint, the applet that comes with Windows 95.
Just select Open from Paint's File menu and select "All Files"
in the Files of Type box. Double-click on the .JPG or .GIF of
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When you drag and drop a file, you are moving, copying or making a shortcut to that file, depending on where you're dragging it from and dropping it to. Look at the lower right corner of the icon you're dragging, right before you let go of the mouse button, to find out what it's going to do. A plus sign means the file will be copied. An arrow means you'll create a shortcut. If you see nothing, the file will be moved.
Temporarily remove the Win95 screen that pops up during boot-up by pressing the Escape key. You'll see what's going on behind the Win95 curtain . . .
There's a utility in the \OTHER\MISC\LOGVIEW folder of your Win95
CD called LOGVIEW.EXE, which brings up in one place your ScanDisk,
Calllog, Modemdet and Ndislog files, and lets you edit them. These
files can be helpful when you're troubleshooting some parts of
your system. You can place LOGVIEW anywhere on your hard disk,
or just leave it on the CD.
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If you ever want to know what's happening with your system's use of memory, just select Run from the Start menu, type MEM and press the Enter key.
If you install, uninstall and reinstall Win95 components often-and
if you have 34MB to burn-copy all the .CAB files from the Win95
folder of your CD to a folder on your hard disk. When you install
components, just point to the contents of the new folder.
Jeff Wyman, Bremerton, Wash.
Here's an easy way to change file associations. Click on a document
to select it, then hold the Shift key while right-clicking on
it and select "Open with" from the Context menu. In
the Open With dialog, make sure there's a check mark in the "Always
use this program to open this type of file" box, then double-click
on an application in the Choose window. Once you've done this,
the box might be checked by default the next time the dialog comes
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Tell Win95 to record the misdeeds of poorly designed applications by launching Tweak UI, clicking on the Paranoia tab and selecting the item at the bottom: "Log application errors to FAULTLOG .TXT." In the future, you can read the .TXT file to find out what's going on. If you don't have Tweak UI, you can download it from the WinMag Free Win95 Software page (http://www.winmag.com/win95/software.htm).
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