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Windows Trix -- some so old but still work like new
Screen Copies
· Prt-scr – copy screen to clipboard
· Alt-prt-scr – copy window to clipboard

· Speed up scrolling by Pressing and holding the Ctrl key while you scroll.
· To expand all the subfolders of a selected drive in Windows Explorer, press the asterisk (*) key on the numeric keypad (this could take a while if the directory has lots of folders in it). But watch out-there's no easy way to collapse them again.
· To restore the default column widths in the Details view of any folder window and many program or applet windows, press Ctrl and the plus sign (+) key on the numeric keypad.
· Win9x has trouble retaining default folder and Explorer window settings-such as size, position, sort order, toolbar status and display type (large icons, details and so on). Here's a temporary workaround. Open the folder for your C:drive, and without opening any other folders, arrange and configure it exactly as you'd like all your folders to appear. When you're ready to set the default, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift while you click the close box in the upper right-hand corner of the window. There's a limit to the number of specific folder instances Win9x can remember, so eventually your setting may roll off the list. Repeat the steps to restore your settings
· Find out exactly what a program does when you install it by using the System File Checker's log feature. After installing program, open the log by launching the System Information utility (Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information), choosing System File Checker from the Tools menu, clicking on the Settings button and then on the View Log button. The log will tell you exactly which files were added to your computer and which were updated with a newer version.
· Take any .BMP file, rename it to give it an .ICO extension, and voila! Instant icon. You access the file in the normal way: Right-click on the current icon for a shortcut, select Properties from the Context menu, select the Shortcut tab and click on the Change Icon button. Now use the Browse button to find your new one. I use the paint program to do this to create favicons for Web sites.
· Win98 comes with a handy way to check your Registry for errors. Launch the Microsoft System Information (MSI) utility from Start/Accessories/System Tools/System Information, then select the Registry Checker from the Tools menu.
· Insert the current time and date in Notepad by pressing F5. Or, if you want to log the date and time automatically each time you open a Notepad file, type .LOG on the first line, then save and close the file. Every time you open the file thereafter, the current date and time will be recorded in it.
· To manage the active window, press [Alt][Spacebar]. Then press the appropriate hot key to select Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, or Close.
· Get with detailed columns - Windows Explorer gives a customizable view of the files and folders on your computer or network. By default, when you highlight a folder in the left pane, you view the files and subfolders in the right pane. But these views can be customized by Detail, List, Large Icons, or Small Icons views using the Views menu.
· RESCUE YOUR WINDOWS PRODUCT KEY If you ever have to reinstall Windows 9x from a CD, one of the worst problems you can face is to find that you no longer have the original CD case and its Product Key. Without the Product Key, you may find that you cannot reinstall Windows. However, because you were asked for the Key when you first installed Windows, it's saved in the registry. This means that you can locate it before removing Windows from your system. Even if you are unable to start Windows, as long as you can get to the command line, you can run this on the System.dat file that's part of the registry. At a command prompt, type one of the following commands (depending on which version of Windows you are working with):
· For Windows 95 installations, type:
FIND.EXE/I "ProductId" %winbootdir%\SYSTEM.DAT
The %winbootdir% should look up the folder in which Windows is
installed; however, it can only do this if the system environment variable is set.
If you've had to boot the computer from a floppy, then it might not be
set. In that case, you should "cd" into the folder where System.dat is
located and run the command from there.
For Windows 98 installations, type:
FIND.EXE/I "ProductKey" %winbootdir%\SYSTEM.DAT
The first line of the values returned should show the product key in a
form similar to ?????-?????-?????-?????-?????.
If you select the Details view, you get Name, Size, Type, and Modified columns with details on each file and folder. Each column is resizable for information viewing preferences. It's also possible to (on purpose or by accident) drag each of the column width markers to the left edge of the pane--effectively making them disappear.
Once created, there is a way out of this blind view. Click in the empty right-hand pane and simultaneously press [Ctrl] and the plus sign (+)from the keyboard's
numeric keypad. This sets the column widths back to the default minimum width.
In addition, you can fix the problem over a Win 9x client network if you have remote access to users registries. Locate the
key, and delete the DirectoryColsX subkey. This will automatically
· reset the column widths on the next startup of Explorer.
DOS tricks
Pkzip –ex -& zipfile sourcefiles
Xcopy/s/c source [destination]
Doskey/ insert --- command line editing utility like bash but more limited

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