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volume 2 number 11 1997 TipSheet

Welcome to the November issue of MicroMetric's TipSheet.

This monthly newsletter is targeted at addressing the needs of our customers.

This month we'll cover a collection of tips for running DOS programs under Windows 95, and the Windows 95 Find function.

Tip 131   DOS window task menu Category:   DOS

When you open an MS-DOS window under Windows 95, a DOS icon appears in the upper-left corner of the window. Click the icon, and a menu of commands appears. Did you know that all these commands are accessible from the Taskbar as well? Right-click the MS-DOS item there, and the same menu appears.

Tip 132   DOS print spooling Category:   DOS

Having problems with spooling the output from a DOS application? Then try turning off DOS print spooling. Click Start | Settings | Printers, then right-click your current default printer and select Properties. Click on the Details Tab, select Port Settings, then remove the check on the "Spool MS-DOS print jobs". (Real easy to find, isn't it? Yeah!)

Tip 133   Copy information from a DOS windows to windows Category:   DOS

Want to copy and paste something from MS-DOS to a Windows 95 window? With the MS-DOS toolbar to help, you can do it in four easy steps. (If the toolbar isn't showing, click the icon in the upper-left corner of the DOS window and select Toolbar. And if you don't see a title bar at all--in other words, if you're in a full-screen MS-DOS view--hit Alt+Enter to get back to a window view first.

  1. Select the Mark icon (the one with the dotted square on it.)
  2. Click on the first character of text you'd like to copy, then drag to select the entire area of text.
  3. Click the Copy icon to copy the selected text to the Clipboard.
  4. Switch to the window where you'd like to paste the text and click that application's Paste icon (or hit Ctrl+V on your keyboard). The text will appear exactly as it did in the MS-DOS window.

Tip 134   Copy information from windows to a DOS window Category:   DOS

To paste information from a windows program to a DOS application, first mark the desired text and copy it, [CTRL][C]. Now switch to the DOS window, locate the cursor where you want to paste, then left click on the DOS icon in the upper left corner of the window (Right, you can't do this with a full sized DOS window). Now, select Edit | Paste, and voila!

Tip 135   Rebuild Master Boot Record Category:   DOS

To rebuild the master boot record, run FDISK with the /MBR parameter. This is an undocumented parameter that will rebuild a corrupted master boot record.

Tip 136   Find file definitions Category:   DOS

Conveniently located just four icons up the Start menu, it can locate files, folders, applications, other computers, and info on the Microsoft Network. It's fast and lets you store often-repeated search criteria.

Tip 137   File finding keyboard shortcuts Category:   DOS

To find a File/Folder, [CTRL][ESC], then [CTRL][F3] (or FF).

Tip 138   Find dialog box Category:   DOS

The Windows 95 Find dialog box offers three pages of easy ways to find what you're looking for. But if you're already in Explorer or any open window, your search just got easier. Right-mouse click the drive or folder you'd like to search, choose Find, and the Find window opens with its focus on that exact drive or folder. If the drive or folder you'd like to search is already selected, you've got it even easier. Just click F3 and Find knows where to focus.

Tip 139   Searching for multiple files Category:   DOS

To search for multiple file names or partial names at one time, just separate each with a comma or space, such as *.exe, *.com, *.bat.

Copyright 1997, MicroMetric, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Permission to copy in total, with this statement and copyright, is hereby granted.

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