Disable password caching
You are probably aware that Internet Explorer (version 5x) remembers your passwords on certain Web sites. If you would like to disable this feature-called password caching-click the Start Button and select Open. Type in "REGEDIT" then scroll down to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings. Right-click anywhere on the white area on the right-hand side of your screen. Select New/DWORD Value. Give the new value the name: DisablePasswordCaching. Finally, change the value to 0x00000001.
Delete unwanted URLS
Within the Address Bar of Internet Explorer (version 5x), you will find a list of recent URLs that you have typed. To access this list, click on the down arrow at the right of the address bar. If there are URLs you would like to delete from this list, go to the Start button and click on Run. Type in "REGEDIT" and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\TypedURLs. At the right side of the screen, you can delete any URLs you wish to delete from the list.
Add Notepad to the SendTo Menu
Would you like to add Notepad to your Windows 9x SendTo Menu? By adding Notepad to your SendTo Menu, you can use Notepad to view text files with a .TXT extension. Go to C:\Windows\SendTo menu, then click on File\New\Shortcut. Now browse for, locate and select Notepad.exe. Click on "Open," "Next" and then "Finish." You have now made it possible to access Notepad from your SendTo Menu and to read those text-based files.
Remove the Update Setup folder
Within your Windows 9x root directory, you may have a folder called Windows Update Setup Files. This is automatically created when you install Internet Explorer 5x into Windows 9x. This folder takes up a great deal of space, between 10 MB and 20 MB. After you have been running IE5 for a while, it can be deleted and you can regain that space back. However, wait until you feel that IE is running properly, before deleting the files. Otherwise, you have to download the IE app files again if you run into any problems. To delete this folder, go to My Computer\C:\Windows Update Setup Files. Then simply delete that folder.
Auto resize columns for long filenames
You can easily resize the columns in Windows Explorer or My Computer by clicking and dragging the vertical black border to the right of the column heading. However, there is a trick that is faster than dragging. If you double-click on the border, it will automatically resize to fit the longest filename in that directory without shortening it.
Fast ways to free disk space
To find the largest files on your PC, go to the Start Menu and select "Find." Click on the Advanced Tab and choose "At Least" next to the Size selector. Also, type "2000" next to the KB file type. You can delete directly from the Find window. However, be careful not to delete files with which you are unfamiliar. Watch out with folders that are in your root directory or are in the Windows folder and Windows sub-folders.
Tile your windows with Taskman
Tired of resizing multiple windows? It's no problem when you utilize the Task Manager. Click on the Start button and select Run. Next, type in "Taskman." A dialog box should appear. By clicking on the corresponding tabs while holding down the Ctrl key, you can select Windows/Tile Horizontally or Tile Vertically. You also can "Cascade" your windows.
You can view the properties of multiple hard drives on your computer all at once. Go to My Computer and click on all your drives by holding the Ctrl key down. Now when you right-click on one of the drives and choose Properties, Windows will create a single dialog with tabs for each drive. This also works for floppy, removable and mapped network drives.
In Windows, you know that clicking the middle square in the upper-right corner will make your current Window smaller or full screen in size. If you are running Windows 98, try something new: press F11. Your window will truly go full screen and will even cover the taskbar and toolbars of the other opened windows. Press F11 again to toggle back to the original window size. (Please note: With some windows applications-e.g., Microsoft Word-this hotkey may not work as expected.)
Charles A. McDonald has been the owner of CMCD (Circuit and Mechanical CAD Design), located in CA and VA, since 1981. Send your Windows and EDA questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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