** EXPAND AND CONTRACT
FOLDERS WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
Windows 95 introduced the Windows Explorer, a nifty interface
that displays folders in a vertical list (called a directory
tree); click a folder in the directory tree and it will expand,
displaying its contents. If you have many folders to expand
or contract, however, clicking each item can be more trouble
than it's worth. Instead, simply highlight the folder (or folders)
you wish to control and press either the plus key (+) to expand
the folders one level, or the minus key (-) to contract them.
You can also use the asterisk key (*) to expand every item within
a folder down to the lowest subdirectory. Note: You must use
the plus, minus, and asterisk keys located on the numeric keypad
(usually found on the right side of your keyboard), not the
ones located above the numbers at the top.
** CLOSE ASSOCIATED
WINDOWS WITH A SINGLE CLICK
Windows lets you browse the contents a folder in one of two
ways. First, when you drill down into folders, Windows can display
the contents of each folder within the original window you opened.
Alternatively, clicking a folder can spawn a new window that
displays its contents. Using the latter method can quickly fill
your screen with windows as you delve deeper and deeper into
your files; then, once you find what you were looking for, closing
all those windows can be a chore. The solution? Hold down the
Shift key and close the active window; all the associated windows
will close as well.
** SKIP THE RECYCLE
Take care when using this trick, because it does exactly what
it says and there are no second chances. When you delete a file,
it's normally moved to the Recycle Bin, where it stays until
you empty it. To delete a file permanently and bypass the Recycle
Bin, hold down the Shift key while deleting the file. You'll
get a pop-up window confirming the deletion; if you click Yes,
the file is gone for good.
** RESTART WINDOWS IN
Do you get tired waiting for Windows to restart? Sometimes it
can take ages to shutdown completely, and then you still have
to wait for the computer hardware to reset as well. Next time,
try holding down the Shift key as you click OK in the Shut Down
Windows dialog (with the "Restart the computer?" radio button
selected, naturally). Windows will then restart itself without
shutting down the entire computer.