WINDOWS TIP: Creating a Shutdown Icon
Right-click on your desktop and choose New, Shortcut. In the command
and then click Next. Choose a name for the shortcut in the next
box (probably something like Shut Down) and then click Finish. You
can now double-click this icon to shut down your computer, without going
to the Start menu.
WINDOWS TIP: Bypass the Recycle Bin
Tired of having to delete everything twice? If you're sure you
want to delete something the first time around, you can skip right over
the Recycle Bin. Just highlight whatever it is you want to delete,
hit Shift-Delete, and its gone. It's not as dangerous as it sounds,
because you'll still get one of those polite messages asking if you're
NAVIGATOR TIP: Bookmark An Unvisited Link
You don't have to be on a page to bookmark it. If a page you are
visiting contains a link you'd like to bookmark for later browsing, simply
right-click the link and select Add Bookmark. This files the new
bookmark in your default New Bookmark folder; it remains marked as unvisited
until you click it. Furthermore, it will appear with a question mark
icon in the Edit Bookmarks window, indicating that you haven't visited
WINDOWS TIP: Quiet Your Modem
Tired of that annoying noise your modem makes? Go to Start, Settings,
Control Panel, and choose Modems. Select your modem in the upper
box and then click Properties. Click the Connection tab and then
the Advanced button. In the Extra Settings box, type
Please note that the last character is a zero, not the letter "O".
This modem string instructs your modem to remain quiet during the dialing
process. Click OK twice and then Close to exit.
WINDOWS TIP: Increasing The Font Size For Windows
By default, the font for the text of all your Windows folder windows
is 8-point MS Sans Serif. If you find this font to be a little too
small or hard to read on your computer, increasing it is simple.
Right-click on the desktop and choose Properties. Click the Appearance
tab and Choose Icon from the Item drop-down menu. Under Font at the
bottom of the box, try bumping the size up from 8 to 10. Click Apply
to preview it, and see if the change helps.
WINDOWS TIP: Speeding Up Modem Dialing
You would have to ba a real Type-A personality to complain that your
modem dials numbers too slowly, but then again, why not save a few seconds?
By using a modem string command, you can accelerate your modem's dialing
considerably. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel and open the Modems
icon. Select your modem and click Properties. Click the Connection
tab and then click the Advanced button. In the Extra Settings box,
Click OK, and then close. The next time you dial in to your ISP,
your modem will dial that string lickety-split.
WINDOWS TIP: Enabling Cursor Trails
Farsighted folks who have trouble reading the fine print on their computer
monitors can also have trouble finding their cursor. The easiest
way to keep from flinging your mouse back and forth wildly in order to
see the cursor is to enable pointer trails. With pointer trails,
your cursor leaves a faint image trailing behind wherever it moves on your
screen. This mildly psychedelic effect can be yours simply by going
to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double-clicking the Mouse icon.
Go to Motion and click Enabled under Cursor Trails. (With the Microsoft
IntelliPoint mouse, you'll find the option on the Visability tab under