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From time to time (maybe once a month) I will report on what terms visitors to this site are searching for. I should have started doing this much sooner. Like back when I first installed the Atomz search feature.

John S. krill, Windows Assistance

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mapping network drives
drive letter assignments
drive letters a z

If you use a shared network drive only occasionally, you probably access it by double-clicking Network Neighborhood. If the drive is one you use more frequently, however, you can get to it quicker by mapping the drive so that it appears as a drive letter on your computer. To map a network drive, first find the drive in Network Neighborhood and then right-click and choose Map Network Drive. Choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu and click OK. You can now access the network drive by selecting it on your computer the same way you would your hard drive -- that is, by simply double-clicking on My Computer and finding it.

hidden icon names

Open Windows Explorer.

You can hide directories (folders?) and files. To do this select the file or directory you want hidden and right-click and select Properties. Now click the box next to the Hidden attribute to check the box. Click OK. That file or directory is now hidden. 

If you need to see your hidden directories or files you can go to Folder Options from View. Now select the View tab. Under Hidden Files select Show All Files. Now you can view ALL your files and folders (directories.)

Here's a past tip on hidden files.

corrupted icons
shell32 dll

See September 21, 2001 Tip.

function keys

Here is a list of the Windows function keys. You can also get this list from Windows Help. From the Desktop press F1 for Help. In the keyword box type: keyboard. From the list select Using the WINDOWS key, or Using shortcut keys for the desktop, My Computer, and Windows Explorer. Now print the Help information by clicking your mouse right-button and selecting Print.


Whenever you do a Copy (Ctrl-C) or a Cut (Ctrl-X) the data is put into the Windows Clipboard. The Windows Clipboard Viewer can be found under Programs, Accessories, System Tools. 

Only ONE Copy or Cut is in the Clipboard at any time. Copy some text and open the Clipboard Viewer. Now copy a graphic and view it in the Clipboard. You can save the data in the Clipboard. 

If you haven't installed the Viewer (The Clipboard Viewer in not installed when Windows is installed.) then go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Windows Setup. Select and check System Tools. click the Details button. Now check Clipboard Viewer. Click OK until the program is installed. note: You need the Windows CD.

hard drive problems

If you are finding problems whenever you run Scandisk then it may be best to get the data off this drive and on to a new hard disk. Disk drives are very inexpensive. 

removing windows me

Best thing you can do. If you did the Backup when you installed Windows ME then you can now Restore the previous Windows. Maybe. If not then delete the Windows directory and install Windows 98.

Check-out the problems Windows Assistance had with Windows ME.

speaker icon

If you are trying to remove the speaker icon from the taskbar then right-click the speaker and select Adjust Audio Properties. Now uncheck the box next to Show Volume Control On The Taskbar.

If you need to enable Show Volume Control On The Taskbar then double-click My Computer, double-click Control Panel, and double-click Multimedia. Now check the box next to Show Volume Control On The Taskbar.

anti-virus xp

You may need to check with your anti-virus vendor to see if a different version is required for Windows XP.

display resizing

To change your monitors resolution (number of pixels on the screen) or the color depth go to the properties for the desktop. Go to My Computer, Control Panel, Display. Select the Settings tab. Now you can change the screen resolution and the color depth.

These setting are dependant on you video adapter and monitor. If you haven't installed the drivers for either then you will not be able to change the setting. From the Settings tab click the Advance button and make sure you have the proper Adapter and Monitor driver by selecting the Adapter tab and the Monitor tab and verify that the proper drivers are installed. If not then select the Change button and install the proper driver.

space cadet

Is this the same as 3D-Pinball? If so, then check here, and here.

folder view

When using either Windows or Internet Explorer you have several options for what Microsoft calls the Explorer Bar: Search, Favorites, History, Folders. Plus: Tip of the Day and Discuss. Only Folders has anything to do with your computer (Windows Explorer.) The other options involve Internet Explorer.

Learn more about Windows Explorers option switches.

That's it for today. More next time.


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