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Put ALL Programs Together
Most well-behaved 32-bit Windows 95 applications install by default into your Program Files folder. Since the folder uses a long filename, you can't install 16-bit Windows 3.x applications there-or so it seems. You can do it by using the truncated name, which is C:\PROGRA~1, during the installation.
Make Cursors From Icons
You can use icons as mouse pointers or cursors. Just launch the Mouse Control Panel item, select the Pointers tab, then double-click on the pointer or cursor you want to change. Select All Files from the Files of Type box, then find and double-click on the icon of your choice. Click OK.
Enlarge Your Pointers
It's easy to miss Win95's pointer schemes. But if you want bigger pointers and cursors, here's the easiest way to get them. Just double-click on the Mouse item in the Control Panel, click on the Pointers tab, then click on the drop-down Scheme menu. Choose from 3-D, Animated Hourglasses, Large and Extra Large pointer schemes.
Wipe Out Temp Files
Win95 creates a lot of "temporary" files when it opens documents. It puts these files in the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder and intends to close them when the application is finished with them. But sometimes, temp files can become permanent and eat up a lot of hard-disk space. It's a good idea to periodically open the folder and delete these files. Make sure no applications are running when you do it.
Send To 'SEND TO'
If you use the Send To menu a lot, put a shortcut to the SendTo folder into the SendTo folder. Whenever you want to put a Send To destination on your context menu, just use the Send To function.
Take the Right Cab
If you need a fresh copy of a Win95 file, you'll find it in one of the CAB files. But which one? To find out, open Explorer and select the Win95 folder on the CD-ROM. Now open the Tools menu, select Find\Files or Folders and type *.CAB in the Named box on the Name & Location tab. Now click on the Advanced tab, type the name of the file you want in the Containing Text box and click on the Find Now button.
If you don't use DriveSpace to compress your drive, you can free up lots of space by getting rid of it. From any Explorer window, select Options from the View menu, then click on the View tab. Make sure Show All Files is selected. Launch Find and type DRVSPAC*.* in the Named box, then go ahead and delete all the files it finds. Warning: Before you try this tip, make sure you're not using DriveSpace!
Real Hard-Disk Help
Win95 Help sports some cool hand-holding videos for beginners. But those videos take up about 7MB of hard-disk space! If you don't need them, go to the C:\WINDOWS\HELP folder and delete all the AVI files.
Free Tips Delivered!
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To gain instant access to your favorite Web sites, put a shortcut to your C:\WINDOWS\
FAVORITES folder on your desktop or Start menu.
Use Your ClipBook
There's a free utility that comes with Windows 95 called ClipBook. It lets you store items from the Clipboard and share them across the network. You can view text, graphics or anything else that can be copied to the Clipboard in thumbnail view-and you can copy as many items as you like. To install it, open the OTHER folder on the Win95 CD, then drag the CLIPBOOK folder from the CD to your C: drive. Open the new folder, drag the file CLIPBRD.EXE and drop it on your Start menu.
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