|Microsoft Explorer - Tips and Tricks - Keyword Shortcuts|
|Microsoft Explorer - Advanced Tips and Tricks|
|Disable Sounds on Blocked Pop-ups |
SUMMARY: Prevent Internet Explorer 6 with Windows XP Service Pack 2 from annoying you with sounds every time pop-ups are blocked.
By default, when Internet Explorer 6 blocks a pop-up window, it plays a sound to let you know the web browser stopped the pop-up from appearing. While some people like this feature in that it lets them know how many windows were blocked, others may find this sound annoying. To disable this sound:
1. From Internet Explorer 6, Click "Tools".
2. Select "Pop-Up Blocker".
3. Select "Pop-up Blocker Settings".
4. When the "Pop-up Blocker Settings" dialog box appears, uncheck "Play a sound when a pop-up is blocked".
5. Press "Close" to close the dialog box.
|Change Pop-up Blocker Filter Level SUMMARY: Filter more or less pop-up windows with Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP Service Pack 2. |
Normally, Internet Explorer 6 is configured to allow some pop-up windows to appear, especially if they are user-initiated (a pop-up appearing after clicking a button or a link). If you'd rather increase Internet Explorer 6's pop-up window blocking sensitivity to block even more windows, do the following:
1. From Internet Explorer 6, Click "Tools".
2. Select "Pop-Up Blocker".
3. Select "Pop-up Blocker Settings".
4. When the "Pop-up Blocker Settings" dialog box appears, under "Filter Level", click the pull-down and choose "High".
5. Press "Close" to close the dialog box.
|Modify Favorites with the Explorer |
SUMMARY: Organize Internet Explorer Favorites with a familiar Explorer interface.
Tired of using the default Internet Explorer 6 mechanisms to modify your Favorites? If you are a Windows "power user", you may find modifying your Favorites with Explorer easier.
1. From the "Start" button, choose "Run".
2. Type "Favorites" (without the quotes) and press ENTER.
(Note that this works under Windows XP and may not work on earlier versions of Windows).
From here it is easy to do the following, and more:
1. Create a folder (right-click in the window, choose "New" then "Folder" and give it a name).
2. Rename a Favorite or folder (click on a Favorite or folder, press F2, then edit).
3. Move a Favorite between folders (just drag-and-drop the Favorite).
4. Delete a Favorite or folder (right-click a Favorite or folder, select Delete).
5. Change a Favorite's URL (right-click a Favorite, choose "Properties", change the URL).
|Printing in Landscape Mode |
SUMMARY: Use Internet Explorer 6 to print webpages in landscape mode, making some printouts look nicer.
Often when you try to print web pages, Internet Explore 6 will clip off some of the text on the right, making the printed pages only marginally usable. If this occurs, try printing your web pages in landscape mode.
Click the "File" menu then "Page Setup". On the dialog box that appears, underneath "Orientation", click the "Landscape" radio button. Press "OK" to close.
Now, large web pages may not get truncated by IE6 as the landscape printing provides for much more horizontal room.
|Always Preview Before Printing |
SUMMARY: Get better webpage printouts from Internet Explorer 6 by using the Print Preview feature.
Before printing a webpage with Internet Explorer 6, always use the Print Preview mode to see how the webpage will look on a piece of paper. Just click "File" and then "Print Preview" to select this mode.
Why is Print Preview so important? Unfortunately, depending on a webpage's layout, graphic elements or blocks of text might get chopped off. Text does not always wrap correctly, so you may print out a page of important text only to find out huge sections of it missing! That is why you should always Print Preview.
If you notice missing text or graphics in your on-screen virtual printout, you can always change your paper orientation from Portrait to Landscape. Click "Close" to exit Print Preview mode. Click "File" then "Page Setup". On the "Page Setup" dialog box that follows, choose the "Landscape" radio button under "Orientation". Then press "OK" to close that dialog box. Afterwards, preview your document again to see if it looks ok and that no text or graphics are cut. If everything looks fine, click the "Print" button from the Print Preview mode to get a hardcopy of your desired page.
|Toggle the Status Bar Display |
SUMMARY: Turn the status bar on or off to view or hide webpage information.
To view or hide the Internet Explorer 6 status bar, just select "View" then "Status Bar". The status bar is useful in that it shows when a page is loading, may mention when a page has an error, and normally shows the web address destination of a hyperlinked image.
|Change Webpage Font Sizes Easier |
SUMMARY: Quickly change the font size of webpage text in the toolbar.
Although Internet Explorer 6 lets you make a webpage's text larger or smaller, this feature is hidden in the "View" menu. If you frequently change a webpage's text size, why not make this option easier to access by adding it to your toolbar?
Right-click on the toolbar and choose "Customize". When the "Customize" dialog appears, look under "Available Toolbar Buttons". Scroll down until the "Size" button appears. Click the button, press "Add" to insert it in your toolbar, and then press "Close" to remove the dialog box.
Now, to change the size of the fonts on a webpage, click the new toolbar button and you can choose from a Largest, Large, Medium, Small, or Smallest text size. Note that this feature will not work on every web page you visit.
|Note: The [Start] or Windows key is located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most new keyboards. But some old vendor keyboards and some laptops do not have this key.|
|Keys = Function|
|Backspace = Move back|
|Alt + A = Open the Favorites drop-down menu|
|Alt + D = Select the current Address bar text|
|Alt + F = Open the File drop-down menu|
|Alt + H = Open the Help drop-down menu|
|Alt + T = Open the Tool drop-down menu|
|Alt + V = Open the View drop-down menu|
|Alt + F4 = Close Internet Explorer|
|Alt + Home = Open the Home page|
|Alt + Right Arrow = Move forward|
|Alt + Left Arrow = Move back|
|Ctrl + B = Organize Favorites|
|Ctrl + C = Copy|
|Ctrl + E = Open the Search bar|
|Ctrl + F = Find|
|Ctrl + H = Open the History bar|
|Ctrl + I = Open the Favorites bar|
|Ctrl + L = Open a new Web page, document or folder|
|Ctrl + N = Open a new window|
|Ctrl + O = Open a new Web page, document or folder|
|Ctrl + P = Print the active frame or current page|
|Ctrl + R = Refresh|
|Ctrl + S = Save|
|Ctrl + V = Paste|
|Ctrl + W = Close the window|
|Ctrl + Enter = Add "www." To the beginning and ".com" to the end of the text in the Address bar|
|Tab = Move through the Address bar, Links bar, and the items on the Web page|
|Esc = Stop downloading a page|
|Shift + F10 = Display a shortcut menu for a link|
|Shift + Tab = Move back through the Address bar, Links bar, and the items on the Web page|
|F1 = Open Internet Explorer Help|
Removing Right-Click Items
When you right click on a folder or file with the Explorer, a list of options is available.
To remove items from the list: -
Note the text of the item you want to remove -
Start Regedit -
Go to the following sections in the Registry and delete the subkey with the string you noted in Step 1. -
Changing the Default Sound in Explorer
|You can change the default sound heard when navigating to folders in the Explorer. - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ AppEvents \ Schemes \ Apps\ Explorer \ Navigating\ .current - Change the default value to the wav file you want to use. - Leaving it blank will turn off the sound. - This also changes the default sound when opening a page in the Internet Explorer. -
|| Running the Explorer in Separate Process (NT/XP Only)
||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. - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer - Create a DWORD value called DesktopProcess - Give it a value of 1 -
|| Changing Drive Icons in Explorer
||To change the icon used for specific drives in Explorer - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer - Create a key called DriveIcons - Within DriveIcons, create another key with the drive letter you want to change (..\DriveIcons\K) - Create another key within the drive letter key called DefaultIcon - Set the default value equal to the icon you want to use. - 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)
||Normally the Explorer shows drive labels as "Compact Disk", "Removable Disk" ect.
||To change the name of this label for specific drives: - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer - Create a key called DriveIcons - Within DriveIcons, create another key with the drive letter you want to change (..\DriveIcons\K) - Create another within the drive letter key called DefaultLabel - Give the Default Value for this key the label you want to appear for that drive letter. (Jazz Drive etc.) - Restart the computer -
Resetting Graphics PreView in Explorer
For Windows98, ME or Windows 2000, if you have View as Web Page enabled but do not see a picture preview in Explorer: -
Start Regedit -
| Keeping Filenames in the Case You Want
To stop Windows from changing the case of your filenames to upper or lower case: - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced - Double-click DontPrettyPath (or create this key with a type of REG_DWORD if it doesn't exist) - Set the value to 1 to keep the case as you type it or 0 to adjust the case as Explorer requires - Click OK - Close Regedit -
| Changing the Explorer's Web View Background
||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
||To go one directory deeper, key RIGHT ARROW - To back out one directory level, key LEFT ARROW -
|| Hiding the File Menu in the Explorer
||To hide the File Menu in Explorer: - Start Regedit - Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer - Create a new Binary Value - Name it NoFileMenu - Give it a value of 01 00 00 00 - Reboot the computer -
|| Explorer Session from the Start Menu
||To open the Explorer with a session on the Start Menu,|
you can just right click on the START button and choose EXPLORE
|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, - Open Explorer and open the Windows directory. - Right-drag EXPLORER.EXE to the desktop, then select "Create shortcut here." - 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". - Double-click on the title of the shortcut and change it to "Configure Start Menu." - Open "Start - Settings - Taskbar - Start Menu Programs - Advanced" and drag the shortcut just created into the window on the right. - 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.
| Automatically Adjusting Right-Panel Column Widths
||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, - Click somewhere on the right-hand panel - Simply press the Ctrl-+ key. - 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
||When you need to insert the exact name of a file into a document: - ||a Folder
||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. -
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
|| Finding Files from Explorer
||To find files from a particular directory: - || Printing a Directory from Explorer
||To make a Print Directory option from a right-click in Explorer: - |
You can use other switches for COMMAND.COM (COMMAND.COM /?) or DIR (DIR /? - MORE) to customize to your preference.
| Opening a DOS Prompt in the Directory You Want
||You can use the Explorer to easily open up a DOS window to a specific directory. - || 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
||By holding Shift key and double-clicking My Computer you get an Explorer view of My Computer.
||By holding down Alt and key and double-clicking My Computer you get the System Properties of Control Panel.
||Opening Explorer from My Computer
||To open an explorer view of "My Computer", in "My Computer" or an Explorer window, - Select the View menu, Options. - Click the File Types Tab - Highlight the Folders entry - Click the Edit button - Highlight the action you wish (Open, Explore, Explore From Here) - Click the Set Default button. - |
This is much easier than editing the registry and easily changeable.
|Undo Last Command in Explorer
||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
There was a previous tip regarding opening two Explorer sessions, tiling them, and drag and dropping files from one to the other.
|Easier File Copying with Explorer
One difference between Explorer and File Manager is that with File Manager
Your two Explorer sessions will now split the screen and you can copy between them by
| Expanding All Subfolders in Explorer
||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
To have an Explorer window be the default when you open up a Folder: - Open up any folder. - Select View / Options - Select File Types - Go down to Folder - Click on Edit - Highlight Explore - Click on Set Default - Click on Close - 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
| Explorer Shortcut Keys
||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
|| Changing the Sort order in Explorer
||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.
| 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.
|| Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
||- Viewing and exploring Web pages - |