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Windows 98 Tips


To increase the size of the letters on your screen, just follow these steps:
1. Right-click on a blank area of your desktop and choose Properties.The Display Properties screen appears.
2. Click on the Settings tab, click on the Advanced button, and examine the Font Size box. If your Font Size currently says Small Fonts, go to Step 3 and then you're done. If it says Large Fonts or Other, complete Steps 4 and 5.
3. Click in the Font Size box, choose Large Fonts, and click on the OK button. Depending on your brand of monitor, Windows 98 may want to restart itself to come up with larger fonts. Follow the on-screen directions to let Windows 98 shut itself down and come back to life with larger fonts.
4. Make sure that the Font Size box currently reads Other. By choosing the Other option, you can tell Windows 98 to "scale" the fonts to be a large percentage of their current size.
5. Choose 125% from the box and click on the OK button.

Click on Yes when Windows 98 asks to restart your computer.


When you switch to a new resolution, it gives you 15 seconds to click a button saying that you approve the change. If your video card or monitor can't handle the new resolution, you won't be able to see the button on-screen. Then, because you didn't click the button, Windows 98 automatically changes back to the original resolution.

To disable call waiting, go to Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click Telephony. Check the box To Disable Call Waiting and enter the telephone company's code for disabling call waiting in the box. Click OK. The next time you dial in to the Internet, your modem will include the extra digits to disable call waiting.

To search for files, press the [Windows Key] and [F] together to open the Find box. You can search by Name & Location, Date or do an Advanced Search by file size. To search by date, click the Date tab, select Find All Files button and select Modified. If you want to search for the file based on when you last modified it. Click Between and fill in the date range you want to look for, and then click Find Now.

To get the items in your Start menu's Programs Folder to appear in alphabetical order after you add a new program. Click Start, Programs and then, with your cursor in the Programs area, right-click and select Sort By Name. All your programs and program folders will be arranged alphabetically.

You can put an address bar on your taskbar by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Toolbars, Address. This allows you to open any web page any time by typing the URL and hitting [Enter]. Windows automatically launches your web browser and opens the page. You can also browse files on your computer using the address bar. Typing C:\ will bring up a list of all the files and folders on your C drive. You can find the file you're looking for by using the scroll bar on the right edge of the address bar. Open the file or folder you want by clicking on it.

To delete files without sending them to the recycle bin, select the file or files to be deleted. Right-click the selection and hold the [Shift] key down while selecting the [Delete] key.

Click and drag a box around the group of files to select them all at once. Then you can copy, move, delete, or do any other file operation to all of them at once.

Keep all your data files in a single directory. Organize the information into sub-directories, by project, or whatever other division makes sense to you (see Windows 95 tips for more detailed instructions).

Use the [CTRL] key when selecting multiple files in Explorer one at a time. Use the [SHIFT] key to select lists of files.

Files you delete from network drives, floppy drives, or other external drives (like Zip drives) bypass the recycle bin and are permanently deleted.

Windows 98 comes with a customizable Tasks program. Double-click Taskman, a program icon in your Windows directory or type taskman in the Start menu's Run command line. There is no help file so you need to explore the menus. It lists all the currently running programs and windows so you can choose among them; it can tile or cascade open windows across the screen; and it comes with a command line, like the Start menu's Run area. Plus, Tasks lets you minimize all the open windows with one command. It even lets you shut down Windows 98.


Windows Explorer is full of tiny words in tiny little rows and columns, but it doesn't have to be. Windows 98 allows you to view your drive's filenames and folders more easily by using a wide variety of font sizes.
To increase the size of the letters on your screen, just follow these steps:

    1. Right-click a blank area of your desktop and choose Properties.
    2. Click the Settings tab, click the Advanced button, examine the Font Size box.
    3. Click in the Font Size box, choose Large Fonts, and click the OK button.
    4. Make sure that the Font Size box currently reads Other.
    5. Choose 125% from the box and click on the OK button
Your Fonts will be larger and easier to read

To copying a floppy follow these steps:
  1. Put the disk you want to copy in the floppy drive.
  2. Double-click the My Computer icon.
  3. Click your floppy disk's icon with the opposite mouse button.
  4. Click Copy Disk from the pop-up menu.
  5. Click the Start button to begin making the copy and follow the directions

For More Information Check These Web Sites:

Windows 98 Annoyances | Absolute Wininfo | Angela Lilleystone's Win 98
Bob Cerelli's Windows Page | Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

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