Windows 98 6-in-1

Windows 98 6-in-1

by Jane Calabria
The 6-in-1 is a task oriented tutorial/reference that allows the reader to quickly find a specific task and follow step-by-step instructions on how to achieve that task.
  • Quick, hands-on, task-oriented approach provides readers with a very easy to use and very effective method of solving Windows 98 related problems
  • The 6-in-1 series offers tremendous


The 6-in-1 is a task oriented tutorial/reference that allows the reader to quickly find a specific task and follow step-by-step instructions on how to achieve that task.

  • Quick, hands-on, task-oriented approach provides readers with a very easy to use and very effective method of solving Windows 98 related problems
  • The 6-in-1 series offers tremendous value with more useful content in value priced package
  • Users get exactly the answers they need in a fast, how-to format that makes learning and using new software easier than ever before

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What are the big ``six''? They're Navigation, File Management, Customization, Windows Applications, Internet, and Networking. This one-stop guide to Windows 98 covers it all in these six chapters so that you can run and customize Windows 98 to work specifically for your needs. Active Desktop, Internet Explorer 4.0, Outlook Express, and Windows Explorer are all detailed to give you the knowledge you need to install, set up, configure, and run Windows 98! Short, step-by-step tutorials will help you use applications more efficiently; customize the Active Desktop to receive Web content; navigate through your hard drive with ease; build your own Web pages with FrontPage Express; send e-mail with Outlook Express; share files and documents; and much much more. Appendixes include Installing Windows 98; DOS and Legacy Applications; and a Glossary.
This introductory guide to running the Windows 98 operating system is divided into six parts<-->navigation, file management, customization, Windows applications, the Internet, and networking. Applications discussed include WordPad, Paint, Explorer 4, and Outlook Express. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Chapter 2: Customizing the Active Desktop

Creating Shortcuts

A shortcut is a quick way to access a program, printer, folder, or document you use often. The shortcut appears as an icon on your desktop that acts as a pointer to that program, printer, or document.

To create a shortcut:

1. From My Computer, Windows Explorer, or Network Neighborhood, select the icon that represents the program or printer for which you will create a shortcut. For example, to create a program shortcut, select the program's executable file (such as the Word icon). To create a printer shortcut, select the appropriate printer. To create a folder icon, select the folder.

2. From the menu, choose File, Create Shortcut or click the right mouse button and select Create Shortcut from the pop-up menu.

3. An icon will appear in the window labeled as "Shortcut to" the program, printer, or document you selected. The icon looks the same as the icon you originally selected, except it is smaller and has an arrow in its lower-left corner (see Figure 2.1).

4. Drag that icon to the desktop. (You will not be able to drag the printer shortcut, but Windows 98 will ask if you want to put it on the desktop. Click Yes.)

5. To rename the shortcut, click once on the name to place your cursor there (or right-click the icon and choose Rename from the pop-up menu), enter the name you want to assign to the shortcut, and press the Enter key.

An alternative to creating shortcuts from My Computer or Windows Explorer is to make them from the Start menu for any entry on the Programs, Favorites, or Documents submenu. Point to the entry, hold down the right mouse button, and drag the icon to the desktop. Choose Create Shortcut(s) Here from the menu that appears.

Another way to create a shortcut is to right-click an open area of the desktop and choose New, Shortcut from the pop-up menu. When the Create Shortcut dialog box opens (see Figure 2.2), enter the path and name of the folder, executable file (for a program), or document file for which you are creating the shortcut. If you aren't sure of the name or location, click Browse and select the file or folder from the Browse dialog box. Click Next and then enter a name for the shortcut. Then click Finish.

To use a shortcut, click the icon. If the shortcut is to a program, it will start the program. If the shortcut is to a document, it will start the program associated with the document and then open that document. If the shortcut is to a printer, just drag a document icon over the shortcut to print the document. If you drag a document icon over a program shortcut, the program will start and then open that document.

You don't have to be stuck with the icon that automatically appears for the shortcut. Right-click the icon and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. On the Shortcut tab of the Properties dialog box, click Change Icon. The Current icon box (see Figure 2.3) displays the set of available icons for your shortcut (this set may be more limited for program shortcuts or for documents associated with programs). Click an icon to select it (click Browse to find icons from other locations, such as the \Windows\System folder) and then click OK. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

To remove a shortcut icon, drag it to the Recycle Bin or select the shortcut icon and then press the Delete key. If you delete the shortcut, you're not deleting the program, printer, or document - you're only removing the icon from your desktop. However, if you delete or remove the program, document, or printer, the shortcut no longer has anything to point to and clicking it results in an error message to that effect.

Shortcuts aren't confined to the Windows desktop. Try placing a shortcut in a folder that lets you open another related folder. If you use email, drag a file shortcut onto your email message and when the recipients open the message they can click on the shortcut to open the file (this is embedding shortcuts, which is discussed more fully in Part IV, Lesson 7, "OLE: Linking Data to Different Applications"). Shortcuts can also be added to the Start menu (see Part III, Lesson 4, "Customizing the Start Menu").

Arranging Icons

When shortcuts are added to the Desktop, they are not arranged neatly. You can control, or arrange the appearance of icons on the Desktop.

To arrange your desktop icons:

1. Click an open area of your desktop with the right mouse button.

2. From the pop-up menu, choose Arrange Icons.

3. Select By Name to have the desktop icons arranged in alphabetical order, By Type to have the icons arranged by type of file, By Size to order them by size of file, or By Date to have them appear in the order they were created.

To keep your icons from getting scattered all over your desktop, click the right mouse button on the desktop and select Arrange Icons, Auto Arrange from the pop-up menu. The icons will always return to the columns at the left side of your screen. Choose this option again to turn it off.

To have each row of your icons align horizontally, right-click the desktop and select Line Up Icons from the pop-up menu.

Like the shortcut icons, the appearance of the standard icons on your desktop (My Computer, My Documents, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin) can be changed. Right-click a blank area of the desktop and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. In the Display Properties dialog box, select the Effects tab (see Figure 2.4). From the Desktop icons box, select the icon you want to change and then click Change Icon. Select a picture from the icons displayed in the Change Icon dialog box (refer to Figure 2.3), and then click OK. Click OK to close the Display Properties dialog box.

In Windows 98, can view your desktop as a Web page (right-click the desktop and select Active Desktop, View as Web Page). If you've selected that option, you may also want to hide the icons so you can't see them on the desktop. Right-click the desktop, select Properties on the pop-up menu, select the Effects tab, and then check Hide icons when the desktop is viewed as a Web page. Click OK. Don't worry that you've lost your icons - right-click the taskbar and choose Toolbars, Desktop to add the desktop icons as a toolbar (see Part III, Lesson 3, "Customizing the Taskbar," for more details).

The Effects tab of the Display Properties box has an option to increase the size of all the desktop icons. Click Use large icons. This may slow up your processor slightly, so turn off this option if you notice a problem.

To change the way you click on icons (single- versus double-click), adjust the settings in Folder Options, as explained in Part II, Lesson 2, "Using My Computer."

Choosing Colors and Backgrounds

For better viewing or just for variety, you can change the background color of your screen or choose a pattern or wallpaper for your desktop background.


The desktop color is applied to the area behind the icons and windows. To change the color of the desktop:

1. Choose Settings, Control Panel from the Start menu.

2. From the Control Panel window, click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box appears.

3. Click the Appearance tab (see Figure 2.5).

4. Select Desktop from the Item drop-down list.

5. Click the down arrow on the Color list box to see a selection of background colors.

6. Click the color you want.

7. Click Apply to see how the desktop will look in that color.

8. Click OK to accept your choice and close the dialog box.

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