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Ten Weekly Windows 98 Tips

Changing Time Format

Most people are fine with the standard time format installed with Windows 98, others prefer another. You can change your time format to your own preference by going to Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-clicking the Regional Settings Icon. Click the Time tab, and then select a Time Style from the drop-down menu.

Need to send a quick email?

There may be times when you need to send a quick email message and your desktop is cluttered with every open window except Outlook/Outlook Express. Maybe you just need to send an email message and don't feel like waiting on Outlook/Outlook Express. This tip lets you open a blank email without shrinking all the open windows or even opening your email client. To send a quick email message, just click on Start, Run, and then type mailto: Next, press OK

Changing a computers owner information.

It's very frustrating to have bought a used computer and it lists someone else as the owner, or every time you install new software the wrong name/organization is displayed. This trick lets you change the owner information by modifying the windows Registry. First, as a precaution, back up your registry files--User.dat and System.dat so the system can be restored in the event of a mistake. Go to Start, Run, and type regedit Next, press OK to open the registry editor. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion You will find in the right pane the values named RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner. Just double-click either entry to change the name to your liking. Once you change the names, click OK and close regedit.

A quick way to Speedup your computer

Windows takes the liberty of animating all sorts of on-screen processes. When you minimize a window for instance, a very brief animation shows the window getting smaller until it disappears. Another example is the file copy and the animation of files flying from folder to folder. These animations are meant to provide clues to what is happening on screen, but you can speed up your computer and give it a little better response by getting rid of them. To get rid of windows animations, right-click on the desktop and choose Properties. Click Effects and uncheck the box that says Animate Windows, Menus and Lists. Your computer may seem a little 'off' at first, those of you familiar with Windows 95 will feel right at home. The extra speed makes it real easy to adjust to the look.

A quick way to rename a file or folder

There are many ways to rename files or folders when browsing your computer, but the fastest way is a little known trick: simply highlight the file or folder and press the F2 key.

Browsing without using a mouse

We've all been there, mouse is either buried under a mound of papers or maybe one of the buttons doesn't work. A quick way to browse around is by pressing the TAB key and then using the arrow keys to move around. Once you highlight an icon or file, you can open it by pressing Enter or check its properties or other right-click functions by pressing Shift+F10.

Opening My Computer in Dual-Pane Mode

Can't find the Windows Explorer icon in the Programs Group, or just want to open it up quicker? The easiest way is to just hold down the Shift key and double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.

Changing file associations while opening

The standard way of changing a files association to the program which opens it, and which also makes it a permanent change until it is reversed again, is to open the folder containing the file, select View, Folder Options, File Types. An example would be upgrading Windows Media Player and it now opens your MP3's instead of your preferred program. A quick and temporary way is to hold down the Shift key and right-click on the file. This will give you the option to Open With. Select this and then choose the program you want to open this particular file. This can also be a quick fix for a file that doesn't contain an Open With option on a right-click. If you always want to open this file with the same program in the future, select the option that says Always Use This Program To Open This Type Of File before selecting OK

Adding to the Send To Options

When you right-click on a file or folder, one of the options you are given in the pop-up menu is the Send To submenu. Normally you use Send To to move files around, but you can add any application you want to the Send To submenu as a way of opening a file with that application quickly. For example, lets say you want MS Word to open a certain file not normally associated with MS Word. You can place a shortcut to MS Word in the Send To submenu, then simply right-click on the file and select Send To MS Word.

To add any application to the Send To submenu, go to the folder that contains the program or application. Right click and select Send To, Desktop As Shortcut (some systems might say Desktop, Create Shortcut. Then highlight the shortcut and press Ctrl-X to cut it into the clipboard. Move to C:\Windows (assuming you have a default Windows installation), and find the Send To folder. Paste the shortcut here and the program or application will now be available under the Send To submenu.

Apply your own color scheme to Windows

Windows comes with a lot of included Desktop Themes and also Color Schemes for customizing the look of your computer. If you are not happy with those and would like to REALLY customize your computer to your own on. Right-click on the desktop, select properties, and then click the Appearance tab. You can highlight each of the desktops elements under Item and choose various colors, sizes, and fonts to make it look just the way you want. To save your color scheme, just click Save As and give it a name. If it ever gets changed, you can simply re-apply the color scheme under the section Schemes. You can also restore the factory settings if you decide you don't like the new look under the section Schemes.

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