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volume 1 number 1 august 1996 TipSheet

Welcome to the first issue of MicroMetric's TipSheet. This monthly newsletter is targeted at addressing the needs of our customers. Two of the main interest areas we plan on covering are the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system and Networking in general. If there are other topics for which you would like to see tips, just let us know.

We'll begin this newsletter series with some tips for the Windows 95 Desktop.

Tip 1   Add shortcut to Desktop Category:   Desktop

To add a shortcut to the Desktop, right-click on an empty space on the desktop, select New | Shortcut, and follow the Create Shortcut Wizard instructions.

Tip 2   Remove shortcut from Desktop Category:   Desktop

To remove a shortcut from the Desktop, left-click on the desired icon and - while holding the left button down - drag it to the recycle bin.

Tip 3   Remove shortcut from Desktop without recycling Category:   Desktop

To delete a shortcut icon from the Desktop without putting it into the recycle bin, first single-left-click on it to highlight, then hold down the shift key and press the delete key.

Tip 4   Rename a shortcut on the Desktop Category:   Desktop

To rename a shortcut icon on the Desktop, right-click it, select Rename, edit the name & press [ENTER].

Tip 5   Change name of Category:   Desktop

To change the name of "My Computer" or "Network Neighborhood", right-click on the desired icon, then select Rename.

Tip 6   Change a Desktop shortcut's icon Category:   Desktop

Want to change a Desktop shortcut's Icon? Right click on the icon you would like to change, select Properties | Shortcut | Change Icon, then select the new icon you would like, and close all the dialog boxes.

Tip 7   Arrange/Line up Desktop icons Category:   Desktop

To arrange the Desktop icons in the order you want them, drag them into the approximate positions you want, then right-click on an empty space on the Desktop and select Line up Icons.

Tip 8   Force Desktop icons to stay put Category:   Desktop

To force the Desktop icons to stay put, right-click on an empty space on the desktop, select Arrange Icons, and make certain that "Auto Arrange" is not checked.

Tip 9   Changing Desktop appearance Category:   Desktop

To change the appearance of your Desktop, right-click on an empty spot on the Desktop, select Properties, then select the desired tab to change. All of the following are options you can change in the Display Properties: Wall Paper, Patterns, Screen Saver, Desktop Colors and Fonts, Monitor Colors Palette, Screen Resolution, Adaptor and Monitor Types.

Tip 10   Printing files by dragging them to Desktop icon Category:   Desktop

Drag a file to a Desktop printer shortcut to print it. (To set up the printer shortcut, click Start | Settings | Printers, right-click on the desired printer and, holding the right button down, drag it to the Desktop.)

Tip 11   Different Desktops for multiple users Category:   Desktop

You can have different Desktop settings, where there is more than one person using the computer, or you want one for work and another for play. To do this click on Start, then select Settings | Control Panel | Passwords | User Profiles. Users can Customize their preferences and Desktop settings.

Tip 12   Disadvantages of Desktop themes Category:   Desktop

The down side of using Desktop themes from the Plus package is that it requires about 16.5 MB of disk space, and they also may slow down your system greatly.

Tip 13   Alternatives to screen savers Category:   Desktop

Screen savers are fun, but if you really want to help save your monitor and save energy use Low-power standby and shut off monitor. These are found in the Display Properties dialog box, which you get to by right-clicking on an empty spot on the Desktop.

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