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					           Explorer Tips
Removing Right-Click Items - Added 11/12/02
Changing the Default Sound in Explorer - Added 11/17/01
Running the Explorer in Separate Process (NT/XP Only) - Added
11/17/01
Changing Drive Icons in Explorer - Added 9/14/01
Changing Drive Labels in Explorer (Windows2000 and XP) -
Added 9/14/01
Resetting Graphics PreView in Explorer - Added 3/13/01
Keeping Filenames in the Case You Want - Submitted 12/20/00
Changing the Explorer's Web View Background - Added 12/21/99
Moving Up and Down Directory Levels - Submitted 3/28/99
Hiding the File Menu in the Explorer - Added 10/16/98
Explorer Session from the Start Menu - Updated 3/29/98
Automatically Adjusting Right-Panel Column Widths - Added
1/24/98
Inserting the Name of a File into a Document - Submitted 8/23/97
Added Non-Expanded Explorer when Right Clicking on a Folder -
Submitted 8/9/97
Finding Files from Explorer - Added 7/8/97
Printing a Directory from Explorer - Submitted 7/4/97
Opening a DOS Prompt in the Directory You Want - Added
4/25/97
Starting Explorer with No Drives Expanded - Added 2/19/97
Opening Explorer and System Properties from My Computer -
Submitted 1/3/97
Opening Explorer from My Computer - Submitted 12/18/96
Undo Last Command in Explorer - Added 11/29/96
File Copying in Explorer Without Opening Two Sessions - Added
7/27/96
Easier File Copying with Explorer - Added 5/15/96
Quickly Expand all folders in Explorer - Added 3/30/96
Starting Explorer when you open a Folder - Added 2/6/96
Explorer Shortcut Keys - 9/26/95
Starting Explorer from the Current DOS Directory - 9/20/95
Changing the Sort order in Explorer - 8/29/95
Using the Explorer's Send To Feature



Removing Right-Click Items

Added 11/12/02

When you right click on a folder or file with the Explorer, a list of
options is available.
As more applications get installed, this list may get too large for
you.

To remove items from the list:

   1. Note the text of the item you want to remove
   2. Start Regedit
   3. Go to the following sections in the Registry and delete the
      subkey with the string you noted in Step 1.

       HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
       HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file
       HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell



Changing the Default Sound in Explorer

Added 11/17/01

You can change the default sound heard when navigating to folders
in the Explorer.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ AppEvents \ Schemes \
      Apps\ Explorer \ Navigating\ .current
   3. Change the default value to the wav file you want to use.
   4. Leaving it blank will turn off the sound.
   5. This also changes the default sound when opening a page in
      the Internet Explorer.



Running the Explorer in Separate Process (NT/XP
Only)

Added 11/17/01

By default, the Windows Desktop, Taskbar, and Explorer run in a
single process using multiple threads. You can modify the registry
so that the Taskbar and Desktop will run in one process with each
instance of Explorer in a separate process.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer
   3. Create a DWORD value called DesktopProcess
   4. Give it a value of 1



Changing Drive Icons in Explorer

Added 9/14/01

To change the icon used for specific drives in Explorer

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE /
      Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer
   3. Create a key called DriveIcons
   4. Within DriveIcons, create another key with the drive letter
      you want to change (..\DriveIcons\K)
   5. Create another key within the drive letter key called
      DefaultIcon
   6. Set the default value equal to the icon you want to use.
   7. If you have a file that has more than one icon in it, such as
      a DLL file, use the standard C:\full_path\icon_file.dll,x
      where x is the number of the icon within the file
      icon_file.dll.



Changing Drive Labels in Explorer (Windows2000 and
XP)

Added 9/14/01

Normally the Explorer shows drive labels as "Compact Disk",
"Removable Disk" ect.

To change the name of this label for specific drives:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE /
      Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer
   3. Create a key called DriveIcons
   4. Within DriveIcons, create another key with the drive letter
      you want to change (..\DriveIcons\K)
   5. Create another within the drive letter key called
      DefaultLabel
   6. Give the Default Value for this key the label you want to
      appear for that drive letter. (Jazz Drive etc.)
   7. Restart the computer



Resetting Graphics PreView in Explorer

Added 3/13/01
For Windows98, ME or Windows 2000, if you have View as Web
Page enabled but do not see a picture preview in Explorer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to Registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ file type \
      ShellEx \ {BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-
      00C04FC2D6C1}
   3. Make sure the Default Value "{7376D660-C583-11d0-
      A3A5-00C04FD706EC}"



Keeping Filenames in the Case You Want

Submitted 12/20/00

To stop Windows from changing the case of your filenames to
upper or lower case:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \
      Advanced
   3. Double-click DontPrettyPath (or create this key with a type
      of REG_DWORD if it doesn't exist)
   4. Set the value to 1 to keep the case as you type it or 0 to
      adjust the case as Explorer requires
   5. Click OK
   6. Close Regedit

Submitted by Paul Brown



Changing the Explorer's Web View Background

Added 12/21/99
If you use Web View for your Internet Explorer, you can change
the background that appears.

Edit or recreate the file >C:\Windows\Web\Wvleft.bmp

Make sure you keep the file dimensions the same 182x237 pixels



Moving Up and Down Directory Levels

Submitted 3/28/99

      To go one directory deeper, key RIGHT ARROW
      To back out one directory level, key LEFT ARROW

Submitted by Ron Baron



Hiding the File Menu in the Explorer

Added 10/16/98

To hide the File Menu in Explorer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
      CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
   3. Create a new Binary Value
   4. Name it NoFileMenu
   5. Give it a value of 01 00 00 00
   6. Reboot the computer



Explorer Session from the Start Menu
Added 3/29/98

To open the Explorer with a session on the Start Menu,
you can just right click on the START button and choose
EXPLORE

Submitted by OBS

Added 1/26/97

Most avid windowers know that "Start | Settings | Taskbar | Start
Menu Programs | Advanced..."
will start an Explorer session focused on the Start Menu directory.
This allows you to easily and quickly add/modify your Start menu.

To immediately access this Explorer session from the Start menu
itself,

   1. Open Explorer and open the Windows directory.
   2. Right-drag EXPLORER.EXE to the desktop, then select
      "Create shortcut here."
   3. Open the properties to this shortcut, select the Shortcut tab
      and add the following switches to the command line in
      Target: "/e,/root,c:\windows\Start Menu".
   4. Double-click on the title of the shortcut and change it to
      "Configure Start Menu."
   5. Open "Start | Settings | Taskbar | Start Menu Programs |
      Advanced..." and drag the shortcut just created into the
      window on the right.
   6. This will place a configuration item in the first level of the
      Start Menu.

These command-line options will allow a similar Explorer session
to be started with any folder as the root.

Submitted by Bruce Carothers
Automatically Adjusting Right-Panel Column Widths

Added 1/24/98

The column widths in the right hand panel of the Explorer might
not be the correct sizes to display all the file information.
To automatically adjust all the columns at once to show all the
information,

   1. Click somewhere on the right-hand panel
   2. Simply press the Ctrl-+ key.
   3. The Name, Size, Type and Modified columns will
      automatically adjust themselves to display all their
      information.

Note: The + is the one on the numeric keyboard



Inserting the Name of a File into a Document

Submitted 8/23/97

When you need to insert the exact name of a file into a document:

   1. Open the Explorer
   2. Right click on the file you want to reference
   3. Select Rename. You can either right click and select
      Rename or press the F2 key.
   4. Instead of renaming it, right click on it again, and select
      Copy.
   5. Then you can paste the exact file name into your document

Submitted by David Jastram
Added Non-Expanded Explorer when Right Clicking on
a Folder

Submitted 8/9/97

Adding a second Explorer to the menu that pops up when right
clicking on any folder or the Start Button.
This is handy to be able to open Explorer non-expanded and also
for being able to open a second Explorer (non-expanded) while
already in Explorer.

   1.  Open My Computer
   2.  Choose View-Options-File Types
   3.  Select the File Folder file type
   4.  Click Edit
   5.  For ACTION, type EXPLORER2
   6.  For APPLICATION USED, type
       C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,/select,C:\
   7. Click OK and close all windows
   8. Run REGEDIT
   9. Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
   10. Locate and expand DIRECTORY
   11. Locate and expand SHELL
   12. Locate and expand EXPLORER2
   13. Select COMMAND
   14. On the right window RIGHT CLICK on DEFAULT
   15. Select MODIFY
   16. Remove the space and %1 at the end of the line
   17. Click OK and close REGEDIT

EXPLORER2 will show up and launch a non-expanded view of
Explorer whenever you right-click on the START BUTTON or
any folder, even if you are already in Explorer.

The whole procedure can be done in REGEDIT, but this may be
safer for users not experienced with REGEDIT

Submitted by Michael Lohry
Finding Files from Explorer

Added 7/8;97

To find files from a particular directory:

   1.   Start the Explorer
   2.   Go to the directory you want to search
   3.   Press the F3 key
   4.   The Find File dialog box will come up with the initial
        directory being the one you highlighted



Printing a Directory from Explorer

Submitted 7/4/97

To make a Print Directory option from a right-click in Explorer:

   1.   In Explorer, choose View / Options / File Types
   2.   Highlight Folder (not File Folder)
   3.   Click on the Edit button
   4.   Click on the New button
   5.   In the Action box, type &Print Dir
   6.   In the Application use to perform action box type
        C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM /C DIR %1 /S /A /O:N >
        PRN

You can use other switches for COMMAND.COM
(COMMAND.COM /?) or DIR (DIR /? | MORE) to customize to
your preference.

Submitted by Ray Whitaker
Opening a DOS Prompt in the Directory You Want

Submitted 4/25/97

You can use the Explorer to easily open up a DOS window to a
specific directory.

   1.  From Explorer Option Menu select File Types
   2.  Highlight the object for Folder - NOT File Folder
   3.  Click the Edit button
   4.  From the 'Edit File Type' panel click the 'New' button
   5.  Action is '&Goto DOS Prompt'
   6.  Application used is C:\windows\command.com /k cd %1
   7.  Select OK, then Close and Close.
   8.  Now from Explorer secondary (right) click the folder you
       want to go to in DOS
   9. From the menu select 'GotDOS Prompt' (or hit G) and you
       are in that directory with a DOS windows
   10. For Win NT 4.0 same tip, but substitute cmd.exe for
       command.com)

Submitted by Eric Sandoz



Starting Explorer with No Drives Expanded

Normally when you start the Explorer, it expands the folders on the
root of the C: Drive.
For those computers with multiple hard drives plus CD ROM
Drives, this might not always be what you want.
If you want it to start without expanding any drives, use the
following switches:

EXPLORER /n, /e, /select, c:\

This will work with NT 4.0 as well
Opening Explorer and System Properties from My
Computer

Submitted 1/3/97

By holding Shift key and double-clicking My Computer you get
anExplorer view of My Computer.

By holding down Alt and key and double-clicking My Computer
you get the System Properties of Control Panel.

Submitted by Paul Alderson
fusion@cyberhighway.net



Opening Explorer from My Computer

Submitted 12/18/96

To open an explorer view of "My Computer", in "My Computer"
or an Explorer window,

   1. Select the View menu, Options.
   2. Click the File Types Tab
   3. Highlight the Folders entry
   4. Click the Edit button
   5. Highlight the action you wish (Open, Explore, Explore
      From Here)
   6. Click the Set Default button.

This is much easier than editing the registry and easily changeable.

Submitted by Ted King
tqking@lovelace.com
Undo Last Command in Explorer

Added 11/29/96

When you use the Explorer to Copy, Move, Rename or Delete
Files or Folders,
you can Undo your last action by pressing Ctrl-Z



File Copying in Explorer Without Opening Two
Sessions

Added 7/27/96

There was a previous tip regarding opening two Explorer sessions,
tiling them, and drag and dropping files from one to the other.
An another way to copy files without needing to open a second
Explorer session is to:

   1.   Highlight the file(s) you want to copy
   2.   Right click on the mouse
   3.   Select Copy
   4.   In Explorer, move to the target directory
   5.   Right click on the mouse
   6.   Select Paste
   7.   The files will now be copied



Easier File Copying with Explorer

Added 5/15/96

One difference between Explorer and File Manager is that with
File Manager
you could open up two windows to more easily copy files between
drives.
To do the same thing with Explorer:

   1.   Close all running applications
   2.   Start two copies of Explorer
   3.   Press Ctrl-Esc to bring up the task bar
   4.   Right click on an open space
   5.   Select Tile Horizontally or Vertically depending on your
        preference

Your two Explorer sessions will now split the screen and you can
copy between them by
dragging files like before.



Expanding All Subfolders in Explorer

Added 3/30/96

To quickly have Explorer expand all subfolders for a selected drive
or folder,
simply press the asterisk (*) key on the numeric keypad.



Starting Explorer when opening a Folder

Added 2/6/96

To have an Explorer window be the default when you open up a
Folder:

   1.   Open up any folder.
   2.   Select View / Options
   3.   Select File Types
   4.   Go down to Folder
   5.   Click on Edit
   6.   Highlight Explore
   7.   Click on Set Default
   8.   Click on Close
   9.   Click on Close again

Now when you open a folder, you will get an Explorer window
with the programs or shortcuts in the right panel
and the regular explorer window in the left panel.



Explorer Shortcut Keys

Added 9/26/95

       F4 - Displays the Combo Box
       F5 - Refresh the display
       Ctrl+G - Go to a specific directory
       Ctrl+Z - Undo last action
       Backspace - Go up one directory



Starting the Explorer from the Current DOS Directory

Submitted 9/20/95

To start Explorer from whatever subdirectory you are in when
shelled out in DOS:

   1. Type "Start .\"
   2. The Explorer will start in that very same directory
   3. "Start ..\" will start the Explorer one directory above the
      current one.
   4. "Start \" will start the Explorer at the root of the drive.
Submitted by Christopher J. Pirillo
gnome@stic.net



Changing the Sort order in Explorer

Submitted 8/29/95

To change the sort order of the right window of MS Explorer
simply double click on the Name button underneath the toolbar
to change the sort order from ascending to descending, a single
click after that will toggle. The same works for Size, Type and
Date Modified.

Submitted by Timothy Hurita
woodcom@teleport.com



Using the Explorer's SEND TO Feature

      When you right click on a file, SEND TO is one of the
       options.
      To add other directories or programs, simply drag them to
       the SEND TO folder that is directly under the directory
       where you installed Win95.
      This will allow you to quickly move files to commonly
       used areas.
      For example, you can SEND TO applications like WinZip.

				
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