Are you running at warp speed?
Not sure are you? Well now you can be take the bandwidth test . It's simple and only takes about 2 minutes.. Two minutes to find how how fast you are connecting at..And all you have to do is click on the bandwidth test
Lock Down IE:
Do you get tired of your browser home page getting redirected ? Example : Say your homepage is set on Yahoo.com then you go back and it has been changed to myhomepage.com , or a friend or family member gets on your pc and changes your homepage man that just burns me up ! I am going to tell you how to change that with an easy tweak ..
You'll need to edit your Registry for this tip.
(1) Changes to the Registry are permanent. Back it up or you'll be outta luck if something goes wrong.
(2) Changes to the Registry are permanent. Back it up or you'll be outta luck if something goes wrong.
If the keys for Internet Explorer and Control Panel are not present, add them manually.
(A) Right-click the Microsoft key folder, click New, and choose Key.
(B) Name it Internet Explorer.
(C) Right-click the Internet Explorer key folder, click New, and choose Key
(D) Name it Control Panel.
(3) Right-click the Control Panel key folder and choose "new DWORD value." Rename the value "Homepage."
(4) Right-click the Homepage value, choose Modify, and change the value from "0" to "1."
Now go into your Internet Explorer options. Your homepage is locked and unmodifiable!
Fun with the Shift key:
Hold down Shift.
When inserting a CD-ROM to skip auto-run.
While holding down Ctrl and dragging to the desktop or to a folder to create an instant shortcut. (Of course, you can do the same thing by clicking and holding the right mouse button, letting go on the desktop, and choosing "create shortcut.")
With F10 for the equivalent of right-click
With Del to delete things immediately, without removing them to the Recycle Bin
With Tab to moves to a previous control in the dialog box (Tab alone goes forward, Shift+Tab backward)
Fun with Function keys in Explorer
F2 -- rename object.
F3 -- find all files.
F4 -- selects the "Go to A Different Folder" box on the taskbar, and moves down the entries.
F5 -- refreshes current window.
F6 -- moves among panes.
Fun with the Windows key
If you have a keyboard with a Windows key, you have access to all kinds of shortcuts. Hold down the Windows key:
By itself to bring up the Start Menu.
With R to open the Run dialog box.
With M to minimize all.
With Shift+M to undo minimize all.
With E to launch Windows Explorer.
With F to find files or folders.
With D to minimize all open windows and show desktop.
With Ctrl+F to find computer.
With Tab to cycle through Taskbar buttons.
With Break to show the System Properties dialog box.
For a longer list of keyboard shortcuts, visit the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Create a shortcut key for Internet Web pages:
Create a PC shortcut key to a favorite web page by creating a shortcut to the web page or URL. Users using Internet Explorer can quickly do this by right clicking on an empty spot of a web page and click 'Create Shortcut'.
Once the shortcut has been created locate the shortcut and right click or view the properties of that shortcut.
In the shortcut properties assign a new shortcut key and click OK. Now when the shortcut key is pressed the web page will be automatically loaded.
Missing desktop network icon:
Although each of the versions of Microsoft Windows have a different name for the network icon this document applies to the below missing icons.
My Network Places
In TweakUI open the desktop tab / category.
Under desktop check the checkbox for the network icon you wish to be displayed on the desktop.
Once checked close out of TweakUI and reboot the computer.
Built in firewall in Windows XP
Did you know windows Xp had a built in firewall ? Well if you didn't I am going to tell you how to get to it to turn it on .
(1) Go to your control panel
(2) Go to Network Connectionsand Properties
(3) Then go to your advanced tab
(4) Then enable the Internet Connection Firewall
Backup those files before it's to late
Back up Files Before Itís Too Late
It certainly is hard to back up a hard disk to 1.44-megabyte floppy disks, and it's not even that easy to back up to those once-popular 100-megabyte Zip disks. But there are a number of other strategies that make it easy and relatively inexpensive to always have a backup copy of your important data.
One solution may be as close as that CD-RW drive in your PC. If you bought a PC in the last two or three years, there is a good chance that you have a CD drive that's also capable of writing to recordable CDs. You can get recordable disks (CD-R) that store as much as 700 megabytes of data for as little as 50 cents each. Chances are your PC has software for writing to these disks. If not, you can purchase a copy of Roxio's Easy CD Creator 5 ($79.95 after $20 mail-in rebate that enables you to copy files to disks and make backup copies of computer and audio CDs.
There are two types of recordable CDs. CD-R can be written to only once while the more expensive CD-RW (re-writable) disks can be erased and updated. Frankly, for backup purposes, CD-R disks are fine because they're so cheap that it makes sense just to make new ones and keep a couple of backups around. It's also a good idea to keep at least one copy of your backup away from the premises where your computer is located. That way, your data is protected even in the case of a major disaster such as a fire, flood or earthquake.
While those 100 megabyte Zip disks are no longer a popular way of backing up, Iomega (http://www.iomega.com/na/landing.jsp), the company that developed the Zip drive, now has a newer, faster and much higher capacity series of drives that store 750 megabytes. As its name implies, the $179 Zip 750MB USB stores 750 megabytes and plugs into the USB port on your PC or Mac. If your PC has a USB 2.0 connector, the newest type of USB port, you'll be able to back up your data at speeds up to 7.3 MB per second, so backing up also won't take long to do. Machines with older-style USB 1.1 drives will back up at a sluggish .9 MB per second. Blank 750 MB Zip disks cost $39.99 for a package of three.
The Zip drive comes with Iomega Automatic Backup, a very handy and easy-to-use program that automatically backs up your data to the Zip drive or any other drive on your system.
While 750 megabytes might not be sufficient to store all your data, you can span your backup to two or more Zip disks. Also, like CD-R disks, Zip disks can be removed from your premises for a bit of extra security.
Iomega also makes a FireWire version of the drive that works with just about all Apple Macs and PCs that have a FireWire card.
Another strategy is to get an external hard drive that connects to the USB port or FireWire port. I recently tested the $199.99 Maxtor Personal Storage 5000LE that connects to a USB 2.0 (or a USB 1.1 port with slower performance). This particular drive stores 80 gigabytes of data, but Maxtor also makes a 120 GB ($299.95) and a 250 GB ($399.95) drive that connect to either the USB port or a FireWire port.
These drives come with Dantz Retrospect Backup software, but you don't even have to fiddle with the program to perform a backup. A button on the front of the drive triggers the software whenever you want to back up a file. You can also set the software to back up automatically.
While Retrospect is a very powerful and versatile program, I have to admit that it took me a lot longer to learn than the program that comes with the Iomega Zip drive.
Now you don't have any excuses not to back up.
Finding downloaded files
The secrets to finding downloaded files.
When you begin the download process through a web browser you are prompted with a file download box that ask you to either open the file or save it to disk in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Netscape Navigator will likely jump to the save file process if it doesn't know what to do with the file (like play it if it's a movie or a sound file).
If the file extension (the three letters after the dot in the file name) is either ZIP or EXE, you'll always want to save it to the hard drive, as this pulls a copy from the Internet and puts it onto your computer.
This is where you normally run into a problem.
Next you'll be presented with a "Save As" box, which ask you to make a decision where to put the file.
The "Save As" box shows a list of the folders on your hard drive.
To be guaranteed to find the downloaded file later, select the down arrow next to the "Save in" pulldown menu. It's across the top of the Save As box. In it you'll see a list of all the folders and disk drives on your computer.
Scroll up to the very top of the list and you'll see a folder marked "Desktop". This is a representation of your actual desktop. All the folders listed will be the folders on your Desktop.
What I normally do is create a folder called downloads and then navigate using this technique to the Desktop and select the download folder and save the file there.
When the download is finished I simply close my browser and open the download folder on the Desktop.
Another way to get to the desktop is to locate the button next to the "Save in" box that looks like a yellow folder with an arrow pointing upwards and a tail trailing to the right. This icon means: "go up one folder level".
Folders in Windows 95/98 and NT are arranged in a descending formation. I like to think of them as more of a series of steps going deep into a basement.
The door at the top of the basement is the desktop. Below that is a folder called My Computer which contains references to all the disk drives. Think of each one of these drives as a stairwell. When you descend a stairwell there are a series of doors into rooms (or folders). And these rooms have more doors with more stairwells down into deeper rooms.
The reason you get lost is that sometimes that Save As box that pops up references a folder deep in the caverns of your hard drive (probably the last place your computer saved something). If you don't know what folder you saved the file in you can't find it. A hint though: often this file defaults often your "My Documents" folder which is on your C: drive inside My Computer.
The other trick is to write down the name of the file as it saves and then search for it using the "Find" tool to search "Files and Folders" on your Start menu. If you use this feature be sure to select "My Computer" in the "Look in:" box, so that it search your whole computer. If you wanted to limit the search to only a specific area, you can select the "C:" drive or Desktop to search in the folders in either one of those areas. And be sure to check "Subfolders" so that that search looks in all the folders in all the folders.
Microsoft Office - Repeat Action(NEW)
Using the F4 key in Microsoft Office 2000 and above allows the user to repeat the last used action. For example if you have changed the font of a selected text and wish to change another portion of text to the same font, pressing F4 will do this for you automatically.
Microsoft Word, other word processors and text programs
Quickly enlarge text in Microsoft Word and most other PC text programs by first highlighting the text and pressing CTRL + Shift + > or press and hold CTRL + Shift + < to decrease the size of text.
Here is a nice tip for you:
To copy a file without having to perform much work, press and hold the CTRL key while dragging the object to its destination. Windows will automatically assume that you want to copy and do so without any further effort on your part.
From The Dragons friend Beta Version Burt:
I found today that your personal info can be shared by Microsoft.
to correct this go to your hotmail account, options, personal profile,
hidden all the way down on the bottom are two check boxes.
pretty self explanatory
Here's the news article I found today on MSNBC.com
Hotmail users' data can be shared
May 17 - MSN Hotmail users may be surprised to learn that Microsoft
currently has permission to share their e-mail address, birthday, zip
and occupation with virtually any of its business partners. Hotmail users
exploring their e-mail setting have discovered two new options, both now
checked "yes" by default for most: "Share My e-mail address" and "Share
other registration information."
-------------THAT'S ALL THE INFO U NEED--IN A NUTSHELL-------------
NOW ABOUT SPAM IN HOTMAIL
WHILE YOU ARE IN THE "OPTIONS" OF HOTMAIL AND YOUVE UNCHECKED ANY BOX YOU WANT AS MENTIONED ABOVE
THEN CONTINUE BACK TO OPTIONS
AND THEN GO TO "MAIL HANDLING"
THEN CLICK ON JUNK MAIL FILTER
CLICK ON EXCLUSIVE
Off Low High Exclusive
THIS IS HOW MINE IS............
NOW THE CATCH IS THIS ONCE YOU SET IT TO EXCLUSIVE
NO ONE BUT NO ONE CAN SEND TO YOU UNLESS THEY ARE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK AT HOTMAIL
ANYONE NOT IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK WILL NEVER REACH YOU
Removing The Marks When Forwarding Outlook Express 6 E-mail:
When you forward e-mail, you may not want the recipient to get all those < marks that are used to indent an original message. You don't have to use these marks in Outlook Express 6. Just choose Tools|Options. When the Options dialog opens, click the Send tab. Now, under "Mail Sending Format" click Plain Text Settings. Deselect the check box labeled "Indent the original text with < when replying or forwarding" and then click OK. Back in Options, click OK to close the dialog box and save your new selection.
Oh yeah we have all gave this little program a try I am sure, myself included.
One of the main things I hear from people is help me get this program off my machine it is messing up everything .
So now they don't have to ask me I am now going to tell you what to do.
Nice buddy you are! If you've had enough of Bonzi.com's animated purple ape that sings, tells jokes and encourages you to visit Web sites, delete him. First, right-click him and select Goodbye. Then, in Windows 98, click Start, Settings, Control Panel. Double click Add/Remove Programs. Pick Bonzi Buddy off the list and then select Remove. You're not done yet. Click Start, then Run. Enter ''msconfig'' (without the quotes) in the box. Click OK and select the Startup tab. Clear the check mark in front of any listings that contain Bonzi.
How to forward email to your friends without showing there email addresses :
Finally, someone who understands this basic rule of e-mail etiquette. When you forward e-mail, a new message is created that usually contains the original addresses in the body of the e-mail. This is bad because it divulges the addresses when so many of us like to keep our address private to prevent spam. Most e-mail programs let you highlight addresses in the forwarded message and delete them before you click send. But, a better way is to select only the part you want to forward and paste it into a new e-mail. To really be a good netizen, use your e-mail program's blind carbon copy (BCC) feature, which hides the addresses of all of the recipients.
How to view two monitors from one computer using Windows 98 :
Back in my day, we only had one monitor and we were happy to have that. Windows 98 and later versions support multiple monitors. You may need a video card for each monitor, if you don't have a video card designed to run two monitors. Each monitor plugs into the back of the computer; one will be considered the primary monitor. Once you're set up, you could do Internet research in one monitor and take notes in the other. Or you could move parts of programs -- for example, moving the screen elements in Photoshop to one monitor, while you work on a photo on the other.
How to remove temporary program files :
How to remove temporary program files.
Not to be confused with temporary Internet files, temporary program files are files used to store data currently being worked on, or information to be swapped with the operating system or other programs. These files can cause several issues and it as been found that searching for these files or manually deleting these files can help prevent issues or resolve issues with the computer.
If you are running Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows ME follow the following instructions to remove any temporary files currently residing on the computer.
Click Start / Find and click Find Files or folders
In the named box type *.tmp to search for any files ending with tmp.
Verify that Look in section of the search box is pointing to the C: drive and not Document Folders.
Click Find Now
Delete all files that are found
Once the above section has been done it is also recommend that you ensure that the temporary folder on the hard disk is empty by following the below instructions.
Double click My Computer
Double click the C: drive
Double click the Temp folder (if present) verify that all files within this folder are deleted.
Close the window and reopen My Computer
Double click the C: drive
Double click the Windows folder
Double click the Temp folder (if present) verify that all files within this folder are deleted.
If you are running MS-DOS and or Windows 3.x follow the below instructions to remove any temporary files currently on the computer.
If you are currently in Windows click File and choose the option to Exit Windows
Once at the prompt type:
cd\ <press enter>
del *.tmp <press enter>
Delete all temporary files found in the root directory of the C drive.
cd\ <press enter>
cd temp <press enter>
If present or in the C:\TEMP> directory type del *.* and delete all files in the temp directory.
Once deleted or if the temp folder is not present type:
cd\ <press enter>
cd windows <press enter>
cd temp <press enter>
If present or in the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP> directory type del *.* and delete all files in the C: windows temp directory.
Is there a Fat16 to Fat32 file converter for Windows 95 ?
Is there a FAT16 to FAT32 file converter for Windows 95?
Currently no known cause
Windows 95 does not include any supported FAT converter. The user may have one of three options available to get FAT32 support:
If you are running Windows 95 OSR2 you can delete your partition (which will delete all your information) and recreate the partition using FAT32.
The user can purchase the Partition Magic utility which will allow them to convert their hard disk drive partitions from FAT16 to FAT32 as well as change other aspects of the drive.
The user can upgrade to Windows 98 which during the upgrade can convert their drive to FAT32.
Windows 98 hangs when scrolling in Internet Explorer or Outlook Express:
Windows 98 hangs when scrolling in Internet Explorer or Outlook Express.
This issue can occur when using an ATI 3D Rage II or 3D Rage II Plus video card.
The possible solutions are available for users encounter this issue with either the ATI 3D Rage II or the 3D Rage II Plus video card.
Download the latest video drivers for your video card from the ATI web site.
Click Start / Run and type system.ini and click ok.
Add DevBMP=0 to the [Display] section of the system.ini.
Click File / Exit and save changes and reboot the computer.
Click Start / Setting / Control Panel / double click the Systems icon and click the Performance tab.
Click the Graphics button and drag the Hardware acceleration to None.
System Restore for ME & XP
This is just great I love it ! You just don't know how glad I am for this little add on in ME . I hate not having it in windows 98 because believe me even though I know what I am doing most of the time I am not perfect I do make mistakes oh and when it happens with my computers I get really upset or at least I used to until Bill Gates come up with this little Restore. Now when my system gets hosed instead of having to reload everything I just use my System Restore and bang I am fixed.
For those of you who don't know what a System Restore is you will know now.. System Restore is part of your windows Me And Xp programs , what it does when your computer starts having problems you can use the restore to put it back to a date where it was working fine, you can do this by
(1) Click Start
(2) Click Programs
(4) System Tools
(5) Click on System Restore
(6) When this box opens , click create a restore point
(7) Enter a descriptive name for your check point
(8) Click next after you enter the checkpoint
(9) Then let it do its Job this may take a couple of minutes
(10) When it is done it will reboot your computer
One more thing whatever you have installed after the date you restore to will be lost and unless you save it before the restore
for example : You installed your cdburning program on 03/01/02 and you restore back to 02/28/02 then that program wasn't there then so you can't restore it. So you will have to go install it again.
I hope you don't have to use this often but it is nice to know it will be there if you need it.
I tell you one thing I cant stand is a real slow boot process I see this allot in computers I work on ,this is usually caused by all kinds of programs booting up while windows is trying to load.
I am not one who downloads all the kool stuff I see on the net and believe me there is allot of stuff that catches my eye , there are allot of people who do do this and most of this stuff loads while windows is trying to load and then they look at me and ask why does it take so long to boot then I just look at them and say (Well) you see all these programs loaded down here on your start bar that's why I mean you see two or three messengers yahoo, aol & msn messenger and lots of other non related windows programs.
So what you do is when you install these programs they will ask if you want to run at startup say (NO) just make a shortcut on your desktop click on it when you want to use it, by doing this you will get a lot faster bootup . And if you have already installed it and you haven't a clue how to change it well let me help you out.(1) You can usually go into the program properties and do this by right clicking on the program icon and going to properties from there you search and read its not hard not all programs are the same .Let me give you an example : Okay lets say you are using Yahoo Messenger and it is running on your start bar and you don't want it to well here is what you do
(1) Bring up your Yahoo Messenger
(2) Go to login
(3) When that box drops you will see preferences left click on it
(4) When it opens you will see General it will be your first tab to the right of that you will see (Automatically Start Yahoo! Messenger if there is a check there remove it.
(5) Then under that you will see (Stand by and wait until I connect to the internet
(6) Then when you want to use Messenger you can click on your desktop icon
Then if you can't find it in your program here is another way to stop them from running at startup
(1) Go to your start button on the left-hand corner of your desktop , right click
(2) A box will open left click on the open
(3) A folder will open you look for the icon that says (programs) left click on it
(4) When this folder opens you look for the icon that says startup left click on it ,this contains all the programs that are loading on startup these are your shortcuts
(5) You might see a yahoo messenger icon or maybe your cdburning program these things do not need to be loading when you boot
(6) Right click on these shortcuts and when the box opens hit delete
This will remove them from your startup so you will load faster plus you will save on your computer resources, items running on your startup can also slow you down when you are downloading or surfing the web. I hope I have helped you, I try to lay things out so you will understand the way I would want to have it explained to me simple and easy.
How to setup XP to look like previous versions of windows
Windows XP changes the interface and various other aspects of how Windows operates that many users, especially those who have used Windows in the past may not enjoy. Below is a listing of common requested features that users wish to disable and how to disable them.
How do I get my start menu back to the old format?
Click Start / Control Panel / Task bar and Start menu / click the Start Menu tab / select Classic Start Menu / click Apply and Ok.
Can I set XP to look like previous versions of Windows.
Start / Control Panel / Display and under the theme select Windows Classic.
How can I move my task bar sections so they are positioned the way I want.
Right click the Toolbar and uncheck the option to lock the task bar.
How can I remove the option for a drop down on a button on the task bar.
Start / Control Panel / Task bar and Start menu / Uncheck the option for "Group similar task bar buttons"
How to prevent Microsoft Messenger from automatically running
Open Windows Messenger click Tools / Options. In Options click the preferences tab and uncheck the box "Allow this program to run in the background". Open Windows Explorer and delete the Messenger folder under program files
Don't throw away that old mouse clean it
(1) Unscrew holder of ball , remove holder and ball
(2) Look inside you will find tiny little rollers with scum on them
(3) Get eraser and rub the little rollers as best you can
(4) After you are done, you should use one cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol and clean them again with that
(5) Then clean the ball with the cotton ball too,
(6) Then put it back together and you should be able to use that mouse again
(7) This DOES NOT APPLY TO OPTICAL MOUSES)
While performing a Find or Search for a word in a document , make sure that you have that you do not have any searchable documents open.. Sometimes the search utility will not be able to search open documents for specific phrases or words..
For example , if you have a word document open, the search utility may not search your open documents..
Want to be a beta tester
If you're interested in applying to beta-test Microsoft products, send Microsoft a blank email and they'll auto-reply with the information they need.
Windows 98 TEST
Click Start and Settings. While holding the Ctrl button, click "Task bar and Start Menu." This Easter Egg produces an "interesting
" new tab in the properties menu.
Full Screen In Microsoft Internet Explorer
It's often nice to use the full screen view in Microsoft Internet Explorer. That way you get to see the whole page without any unnecessary menus in the way. To change to full screen view, you can choose View|Full Screen or you can simply press F11. F11 is a toggle key, so pressing F11 again will return you to the standard view.
* Try not to open too many programs while working on your computer. The more things that are open, the slower your system will run.
* Be sure to power your computer off correctly each time. Never just use the power button as this can damage data on your hard drive.
* If your computer becomes locked up, try pressing ctrl-alt-delete simultaneously. This will bring up a list of applications. If any say "Not Responding" click on it and then click "End Task." Many times this will unlock your computer so you can shut down and reboot properly.
Things that also slow down System Boots
You don't have enough free RAM - you should have a minimum of 32 megabytes for Windows 95 and Windows 98, 64 MB for Windows Me, and 128 MB for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Your hard disk is too slow - try optimizing it using Defrag. If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to invest in a new, fast, huge hard disk.
You don't have enough free disk space for a swapfile - you should have a minimum of 3 megabytes of free disk space for each megabyte of system RAM.
You have 850 fonts installed. If you can survive without all those fonts, try removing 600-700 of them to see if that makes a difference.
Your network drivers (LAN, Dial-up Networking) take too long to load - try disabling them to see if it makes a difference.
Too many programs are being loaded at startup - check your Startup folder and eliminate any unneeded shortcuts.
Trouble Running A Scandisk
ScanDisk is a Microsoft Windows utility that checks the computer hard
disk for errors and corrects them. ScanDisk may restart a number of
times and the following message may be displayed:
ScanDisk has restarted 10 times because another program is writing
to this drive. Close all other running programs and continue.
The message above appears because Windows (or another program running
the background on the computer) is using the hard disk drive at the
time as the ScanDisk program.
Note: A program is running in the background if it is not visible
or has been minimized on the computer screen, but is still
open on the computer. A virus checker, for example, is not
readily visible, but it is active checking the system for
Any program that writes to or reads from the hard disk while ScanDisk
running will cause ScanDisk to restart. For example, Microsoft's
FindFast, which installs with the Microsoft Office suite, constantly
searches (reads from) the hard drive searching for Office files. This
activity on the hard disk drive during ScanDisk will cause it to
their types of programs that may cause these symptoms would be:
* Peripheral Status ReadBack Software - Status Readback Software
comes with some scanners, printers, faxes, modems, etc. Once it is
installed, it runs in the background on the system. It actively
checks the status of peripheral. For example, it informs you if
the printer is out of paper. This type of program is referred to
as a Terminate and Stay Ready (TSR) program.
Screen savers - If your screen saver attempts to start while
ScanDisk is running.
* If the computer is connected to a network, log off and disconnect
the computer from the network.
Preventing Scandisk from restarting
Follow the instructions below to get ScanDisk to run successfully. You
might want to print this information before performing the procedures
below. Referring to a printed page for instruction may be easier than
referring back to your computer screen.
1. Select Start, Settings, then Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Power Options icon.
3. Click the Hibernate tab.
4. Remove the check from Enable Hibernate Support and click OK.
5. Restart the computer and try running Scandisk again.
Close all active programs
1. Save any open documents.
2. From the main screen, press the CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys. The
Close Program window appears. Shut down each of the programs
listed in the Close Program window except Explorer and Systray.
Caution: Pressing the CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys twice in a row
without ending a task will restart the computer. You
will still have to close all programs since all items
that were shut down prior to restarting will be running
3. To shut down a program, click a name in the Close Program
drop-down combo box, then click End Task.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for each of the programs listed except
Explorer and Systray. When Explorer and Systray are the only
items listed in the Close Program window, click Cancel to close
the Close Program window.
5. Try running ScanDisk again. If still unable to run ScanDisk
successfully, turn off the screensaver. Follow the instructions
below to turn off the screen saver:
Turn off the screen saver
1. From the main screen, click Start, Settings, and Control
2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the Display icon.
3. The Display Properties window appears. Select the Screen
4. In the Screen Saver drop-down combo box, click None.
5. Click Apply, then OK.
6. Click the "X" in the upper right corner to close the Control
7. Try running ScanDisk again.
The Only windows program I have this issue with is Windows ME so try this ..
Internet Explorer With Wheel Mouse
Quickly increase and decrease the size of a font on a web page by holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard and scrolling up or down with the wheel on a wheel mouse.
Windows 95 98& ME
Create a quickly accessible bar by following the below steps:
1. From the Windows Desktop create a folder.
2. Highlight the folder and drag it to one of the edges of your screen.
3. Once the folder is at the edge of the desktop let the mouse button go.
This should create a bar, with the contents of the folder used. Once created set the bar to auto hide and be always on top by right clicking the bar.
1/2002 - Internet Explorer
Quickly find anything on the current page or frame by pressing CTRL + F.
01/2002 - Microsoft Excel
In Microsoft Excel press CTRL + SHIFT + " to copy the above cells contents.
01/2002 - All versions of Microsoft Outlook
While in Microsoft Outlook press CTRL + SHIFT + I to quickly go to the Inbox.
While in Microsoft Outlook Express press CTRL + I to quickly go to the Inbox
01/2002 - Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 and ME
Open and run programs in the background of Explorer with one click by holding the Shift key in Windows Explorer double click an icon. Once ran the program will open in the background of Windows Explorer.
01/2002 - Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 and ME
Quickly change the association of a file by holding down the Shift key, right clicking a file and choosing open with.
01/2002 - Internet Explorer 4.x, 5.x, 6.x
Quickly save a picture as your wallpaper by right clicking on an image and choosing set as wallpaper.
01/2002 - Microsoft Excel
Organize cells quickly by using Microsoft Auto filter. Columns that contains long listing of data can be easily sorted by using the Auto filter option, to use this option select the top rows of the columns you want to be used and select Data / Filter and Auto Filter. Once successfully completed you can use drop down arrows to filter the data automatically.
There is one question I am asked allot, and that is, How do I store files on floppies that are too big?
Ok I now have the answer for you . The simplest way is to use WinRAR. The program can be downloaded at virtually any archive site , such as www.downloads.com www.tucows.com, etc.... It easy to use and more powerful than winzip. And the best news is it will work with all versions of windows after 95... So go get it now, or you can do what I did and buy a zipdrive . My zip is an Iomega it holds a 100mb disk space, you can purchase the Iomega for under $100.00 dollars just about anywhere . I purchased mine at Wallmart . The disk will run you around $10.00 , that's cheap compared to what you pay for floppies.
Create a background picture for a folder.
To create a background picture for a folder you need to do these 5 easy steps.
(1)Open the folder
(2)open the view menu
(3)Click customize this folder
(4)Select " choose a background picture ".
(5)Click next and simply follow the on-screen instructions.
Why does Microsoft Word open a new document with Times New Roman 10 point font every single time? Who uses that font?
Why put up with Word's font tyranny when it's incredibly easy to change your default document settings? Just follow these steps:
Open a Word document.
Choose Font from the format pull-down menu.
In the Font dialog box, select the font and size you want as your default.
Click on the Default button at the bottom left corner of the box.
When Word asks if you're sure you want to do this, choose yes.
Poof, you're done.
You can set a number of personal text styles with the steps below:
Create a new text style, say with your official company color and font.
Highlight it and click in the styles box on the format toolbar (where it usually says "normal" or "Heading 1").
Add your own title for your new text style and hit enter.
Go to the format menu and choose "Style."
Highlight your newly created style and choose "Modify."
Check the box that says Add to Template and click OK, then Apply.
Make Word work for you. Setting default fonts will only take a second, but the results will last a lifetime... until you change them again
Disabling call waiting on your modem.
One thing I hate is to be on a computer where they have call waiting , where incoming calls disconnects me from my current connection with the modem. And this happens because call waiting is enabled. So lets disable it.
(1)Click the start button
(3)Click Control Panel
(4)Once you are there, double click on the modems icon.
(5)From the general tab, click Dialing Properties.
(6)Under "This location has call waiting. To disable it , dial "enter the string for your phone line that will disable call waiting.
(7)Click ok to save your settings
The info below is for Windows 95 , 98 & ME
The Escape(ESC) key is the universal " Get me out of here" key. If you have never heard the saying " When in doubt , Escape key out,"you'll find it is easier to back out of unfamiliar territory that you happen to land in.
The Escape(ESC) key: Is the universal " Get me out of here" key. If you have never heard the saying " When in doubt , Escape key out,"you'll find it is easier to back out of unfamiliar territory that you happen to land in.
To see fonts on your pc, click the start button, choose settings> Control Panel, and open the Fonts icon. Then click any icon to see examples of that font on your screen.
Renaming An Icon,
You can easily change the name of an icon on your desktop or anywhere else you want.
(3)Type in new name
Emptying the documents list:
You can easily empty the documents list , which is located in the start menu.
(1) Click the start button in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
(3)In the Task bar Properties window, click the Start Menu Programs tab(on top of the windows
(4)On the bottom half of the Start Menu Programs window, click the clear button. This will clear the documents list and you will see the word "Empty" in the list.
A friend of mine once told me not to make things harder then what they are. And you know he was right. Thats the same way with downloads, you don't have to make them harder then what they are. I will take you through step by step on doing a download.
First lets make a download folder . You can do this by following these steps.
(1)You have to places you can store what I call fun downloads. That in My Folder on your desktop , or My Briefcase for those of you who have it.
(2)Click on briefcase or folder whatever one you want to store your folder in.
(3)Ok when it is open you want to then,right click on your mouse a box will open you will go down to where it says new . Ok then another box will open you will see a folder at the very top , you will click on it .. Then all that is left to do is name your folder. Now that was simple , wasn't it?
(4)Now lets go back to the site where you are downloading from.
(5)Please read the directions first to see if what you are downloading will work with your machine. Ok Now that you know it will lets proceed.
(6)Ok click on the download now box . When it opens it will ask you where you want to put your download, of course you will put it in your download folder we just built. Note: This folder is just for fun downloads please do not put main window programs in this folder.
(7)When the download starts you will then waite for it to finish.
(8) So your download is done , now lets go open it. You do this by going to your download folder. You will then look for the name of your download Example : AVG Exe Ok you will now click on it. Ok now another box will come up to walk you through your download step by step. This box will guide you through registering your product , to your setup, it also builds your icons and it will tell you where it has stored it so if you wish to uninstall later. Always use the uninstall given to you ..
(9)When the setup has finished you will be able to start using your download .. You can do this by finding the download icon of your product on your desktop. Then click on it to start the run.
(10)Now that wasn't so hard. Enjoy
Hey just a word of advice always read directions and check to make sure your machine will work with the program you are about to download. Some programs are free standing, these will say run from current location , you do not save these to your folder.