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A Few of My Favorite Registry Tweaks, Tips or Other Useful Info

If you are not familiar and comfortable with the Windows registry, educate yourself before attempting anything on this page and without fail...always backup your registry before attempting any changes. This information is a personal opinion only and not an invitation to make these changes to your registry. They work for me and I will take NO responsibility for you lousing up your own system. Use the information provided at your own risk.

For any registry fixes, if a key mentioned does not exist in your registry...create it.

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Find out when a page was "really" last updated?
(Note: Your browser must be java-enabled in order for this to work.)

This is very handy if you are looking for current info or within a certain time range.

In the address bar of your browser, type:

javascript:alert(document.lastModified)

However, this may not be so easy to remember, so you can add it to your "Favorites", especially if you will use it often. Here's how to add it to your favorites:

-Add any web page to your favorites. 
-When the "Add to favorites" screen pops up, re-name the page "Date Last Updated" (no quotes)
-Now, click your Favorites menu and find the favorite you just added.
-Right-click it and select Properties from the menu. 
-Put the line below in place of the current URL:

javascript:alert(document.lastModified)

-If you get an error message when you change it. Just hit Yes.

Click the "Date Last Updated" favorite anytime you're on a page and want to know when it was last updated. I use a red asterisk icon with it for easy retrieval. The icon can be changed by clicking on the "Web Document" tab, while you are in the properties.

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Open Windows Explorer for My Computer
Please tell me what productive purpose My Computer serves? Everyone has a few of those peeves that just irritate the heck out of you, watching someone else's method to Windows madness. My peeve is seeing someone who thinks they are a true Windows pro; navigate the OS using My Computer. Heaven forbid...not on my machine. Why would anyone want to go through multiple windows and clicking to get where they want to go? In my opinion, Windows Explorer is the ONLY way to navigate quickly and efficiently. Why would you not want access to everything in one window? If you are one of those that still find your way through My Computer, I dare you to use Windows Explorer for just one day. If you do not understand what I am trying to say...then obviously efficient use of your time is not very important and I would say don't bother, but stay out of my way! This reg tweak is for those that share my peeve of My Computer being used for Windows navigation.

Go to:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell

Highlight shell, right click and create a new key named Open.
Highlight Open, right click and create a new key named command.
Change the default value of command to explorer.exe
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I use the above, since I also use 98lite, which replaces the Win98 shell with 95's for better performance. For those that still have the folder options, reader Chris M. adds this:

All you need to do is go into Explorer -> view menu -> options -> File Types -> Folder (edit) -> and click explore and select set default.  Now 'my computer' or any folder you double click will open in explorer!

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Right Click Open with Notepad Option
This is a very handy option allowing you to open a file with Notepad just by right clicking on the icon. If no association exists for a file, Notepad will then be used to open it by default. After making this change, when you right click on a file you will see "Open with Notepad" as an option. This may not mean much to some people, but I find it invaluable.

Go to:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell

Highlight shell, right click and create a new key named open.
Change the default value of open to Open With Notepad.
Highlight open, right click and create a new key named command.
Change the default value of command to notepad.exe %1.


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Stop Automatic Registry Merge
You do not even have to get into the registry for this one. Double-clicking on a .reg file automatically merges the file into the registry. Once the file is merged into the registry, it is a done deal. This is just fine for some Windows users, that just want to get there without the how's or why's. Sorry, I am not one of those users. This type of file I want to know its intentions before it merges itself into my registry.

Open Explorer and select View from the menu, then select Folder Options.
Select the File Types tab, click on any entry, type reg and you will immediately be moved down the list to Registration Entries.
Click on Edit and select New for a new action.
Type Open With Notepad for the Action and c:\windows\notepad.exe %1 for Application.
Click on OK.
Click on Open_With_Notepad once to select and then click on the Set Default button.
Opening with Notepad is now the new default action for .reg files.
To merge the file, just right-click the file and select Merge.


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Print All Data Output in DOS
Don't you hate when you want to see or print all data in DOS that is returned from a command you entered? You either have to use the /p or /w switch to see screen by screen or keep hitting "Print Scrn" to print. Here's an easier way.

Hit Ctrl-P on your keyboard. ALL data output will go to the printer until you hit Ctrl-P again.

 

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That's it for now. More may be added later as I find time. I finally decided that if I didn't start somewhere...it would never happen. ;-)

 

 
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