TIPS & TRICKS

1. Easy way to Re-Dial on busy signals
If the line is busy to your provider and you don't want to *wait* until your dialer will re-dial, just press ESC key and then press enter key or click on “Connect”.

2. Extra Parameter for Your Modem
By adding an extra parameter into the Dial-Up Networking, you can speed up your modem dial speed to the Internet. To do so, click the Start-Settings-Control Panel menus, and then double-click Modems icon to open Modem Properties box. Click the Properties button, click Connection tab, and then click the Advanced button. In the Extra Settings box, type S11=40, and then click OK. The 40 number shows the times between two dial tone in milliseconds.

3. Faster Email Access
Use this tip to save a few seconds of transmission time while checking your e-mail. For example your POP3 and SMTP server are MAIL. ISP. NET. Now open the MS DOS window using its icon on Quick Launch bar. Type: "TRACERT MAIL. ISP. NET" (without quotation marks). For example the result is 123. 456. 78. 9. Copy the number and use it to replace MAIL. ISP. NET in your mail server settings. From now on, sending & receiving email process will be shortened because its jump directly to the destination IP. Please notice that your ISP IP address may change in time and you need to adjust the settings accordingly.

4. Find It Using Its Picture
Want to search your favorites stuff? You already now its name and its look. If you do a search using text keyword and you are not satisfied with its result, you can search using its picture. Simply use a field-supporting search engine (e. g. ALTAVISTA. COM), you could enter the term 'image:banana' (without the apostrophes and spaces). The result is a list of links to pages containing 'banana' graphics. Please notice that that the word 'banana' must appear somewhere in the image file's name.

5. Find The Favorite Site
Like most users, you probably have hundreds of URLs in your favorites list. The problem is how to find a specific url if you only remember a piece of it. To get around this situation, press the Start button, select 'Find,' then 'Files or Folders. . . ', look in \Windows\Favorites, then in the 'Containing text' field, enter 'name of site' (or whatever a piece of information you still remember). If you are a Netscape users do a search the file called 'bookmark. htm' and open it up in Notepad or any text editor. Within that text editor, you can look for your string with its internal Find feature.

6. From Web to Word Processor
Need to copy text from a Web page to a word processing document? It's simple. First select the text, and then press Ctrl-C to copy. If you want to select all text, use Edit, Select All (or Ctrl-A), and then press Ctrl-C. Move over to your word processor, and press Ctrl-V to paste. If you use a Web-enabled word processor such as Microsoft Word, you may also take all the formatting and hyperlinks with you. If you don't want them, just click Edit, Paste Special, and then select Unformatted Text. You'll remove all formatting and save yourself the trouble of converting from tables to text, removing hyperlinks, and changing the formatting of the text.

7. FrontPage Easter Egg
Start the FrontPage Explorer. Hold down the Shift key. Click Help and then click About. Click OK. Keep holding down the Shift key, click again on Help and click About for the second time. Click OK. Keep holding down the Shift key, click again on Help and click About for the third time. Now you should see the credits screen and hear a song playing.

8. How to avoid disconnecting a lot
Do you get disconnected a little too regularly while dialing into your Internet service provider or sending faxes? To get around this situation, click Start and choose Settings + Control Panel. Double-click the Modem icon. Click Properties. Click the Connection tab. Click Advanced. In the Extra Settings text box, type "S10=50" (without the quotation marks). Click OK; then click OK again. Click Close.
This new setting forces your modem to remain online for as long as five seconds without being connected to a carrier, which often gives the modem enough time to reestablish the connection. See if it helps you.

9. IE or Navigator?
To open your Internet shortcut, normally you can only use one of the browser, and that is depend on what's your default browser. There is a way to open Internet shortcuts in either Netscape or IE without changing the default browser. To do so, run your Windows Explorer, go to View, Folder Options, click on the File Type tab, and then find the Internet shortcut file type. Click on 'New' and add 'View with Navigator' and set Netscape as the application for that option. From now on when you right-click on an Internet shortcut, you can choose to open it in IE or Navigator.

10. Microsoft Chat Easter Egg
Want to know Easter Egg for Microsoft Chat (Version 2. 5)? Here is the trick:
First click on Start, Programs, Microsoft Chat. Log on to a Microsoft chat server. When the Chat Connection dialog box appears click Cancel and then click OK. Type “WhoIsTheGenius?” (without quotation mark) in the text box at the bottom of the Microsoft Chat window. Do not press Enter, hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys and click the Open Favorites button on the main Chat toolbar. Just sit and enjoy the show.

11. Extra Settings to Optimize Your Modem
Use these following settings to optimize your modem performance:
1. Double-click the Modems icon in the Control Panel, click the Properties button, click the Connection tab, and then click the Port Settings button. Check the Use FIFO buffers option, and then drag all buttons to the right (High).
2. Double-click the Modems icon in the Control Panel, and from the Maximum speed drop down list choose 115200. Click on the Connection tab, click the Advanced button, and then uncheck the Use error control and Required to connect options. Finally, click OK to save the new setting.
3. If you place your modem too close to a fluorescent lamp, it might cause interference when you transmit or receive data from the Internet. That is why, if you have a fluorescent desk lamp it is necessary to place it far from your modem.

12. Monitor Your Net Activity
There is a way to easily monitor your net activity by tracking the IP addresses. While you're connected to the Internet, open the MS DOS window and type "NETSTAT -n 5" (without the quotation marks). The 'n' switch tells NETSTAT to display IP addresses and the 5 ask NETSTAT to refresh every five seconds. Shorten the time when you're watching your connectivity closely. Press Ctrl+C to stop the data stream.

13. No mouse connection
Tired using your mouse to establish a connection to the Internet? If so, you can add a shortcut key that will do the job without picking up the mouse. First, right-click on your Internet connection icon and choose Properties. Click in the Shortcut Key box, press a key combination, for example Ctrl+Alt+N, and then click OK. From now on, simply press Ctrl+Alt+N to launch your Internet connection. You can also use the same key combination to be disconnected from the Internet. However you still need extra steps: press the Tab key to highlight the Disconnect button and finally press Enter.

14. Optimizing US Robotics Connections
If you have a US Robotics 56k Sportster modem, internal or external, you may be able to improve your connection speed and reliability by using this string in your "Extra Settings" box:
ats27=64s15=128s11=50s28=0s36=7&F1M0
To get there, click "Start, Settings, Control Panel, Modems". Select your modem and click "Properties, Connection, Advanced. " Click OK three times, and then connect to your Internet Service Provider.
Click the Start-Run menu, type Sysedit, and then click OK. Open WIN. INI file and go to the [Port] section. Edit the port mode value to:
COMx:=921600,n,8,1,p
x = the modem port number
921600 = maximum speed (bps)
n = non-parity
8 = 8 data bits
1 = 1 stop bit
p = hardware flow control

15. Performance Test for Modem
Use the System Monitor utility on Windows to check your modem speed. To do so:
1. Click Start – Settings - Control Panel. Double click on the Modems icon, and then select the modem you want to check. Click Properties – Connection - Advanced, check the Record a log file option, click OK and OK again, and finally click Close.
2. Click Start – Programs –Accessories - System Tools - System Monitor to open the System Monitor utility. Click on Edit - Add Item, select your modems from the Category list, and then pick one or two items from the Item list (Bytes received/sec and Bytes sent/sec). Click OK.

16. Prevent from Lose the Connection
Leave your Internet apps alone for longer than a few minutes, and you may disconnected from the net. One of many methods to get around this problem, click on the Start button, select the Run option, then type: "COMMAND" (without the quotes). Type "PING www. yoururl. com -t" (without quotation marks). Then, minimize the window but do not close it. When you're ready to stop this background process, get back to it and hit CTRL+C.

17. Removing Logon to the Internet
Every time you connect to the Internet, you always see the logon dialog box that asking you to enter your name and password. Do not waste you time just to reenter the same name and password. You can remove this logon stuff in a second. To do so, double click My Computer icon, and then open the Dial-Up Networking folder. In the menu bar, click the Connections - Settings menus. Uncheck the Prompt for information before dialing option. If you want to redial when the channel is busy, check the Redial option, and then enter the information in the appropriate box.

18. Select All Objects or Text Only
Sometimes you want to save both text and images of the information found on the Internet, while other times you want only the text. Both Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator use the same command to select the contents of the current page (or frame if you are on a framed page). Press Ctrl+A in IE, and you select the entire page including the graphics on the page. Press Ctrl+A in Netscape Communicator, and you select only the text content

19. Showing the Actual Speed
Normally when you open up the modem icon in the system try, it shows the port connect speed. To see your actual modem speed, open Control Panel, open up the Modems icon, click Properties, click on the Connection tab, click the Advanced button, in the Extra Settings, put ATW2L0 (the last character is a zero).

20. Speed up the Dial-Up Networking
Double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon in My Computer. Right-click on a connection that you want (the name varies, depending on your ISP), and click Properties. Click Server Types tab, and then uncheck the NetBEUI and IPX/SPX options (make sure the TCP/IP option still checked). Next, uncheck the Log on to network option.
Now click the "TCP/IP Settings" button. Check the "Server assigned IP address" and the "Specify name server addresses" boxes. Type in your own ISP's server assigned address numbers in the "Primary DNS" and "Secondary DNS" boxes. In the "Primary WINS" and "Secondary WINS" boxes, type only zeroes. Check the "Use IP header compression" and the "Use default gateway on remote network" boxes. Click OK until all dialog boxes are closed, to save all your settings.
Double-click Network icon on the Control Panel, click the Dial-Up Adapter option from the list, and then click Properties. Click the Bindings tab, and then remove all options on the list, except the TCP/IP option. Click OK and OK.

21. Speeding up Dial-Up Networking for Games
To reduce lag on a dial-up connection, such as for multiplayer network games, go to Dial-Up Networking folder, right click the connection you use to play network games. Select Server Types & look in the Advanced Options window. Uncheck the Enable Software Compression option. Also, in the General tab, look in the Connect Using box, where your modem should appears. Click the modem's Configure button. Go to Connection tab, and then click on Advanced (at the bottom of the Connection window). Make sure that error control is on, but is not set to compress data.

22. STAC Compression
STAC compression can increase your modem performance. However, you must be using a 56 kbps modem to connect to the Internet and Dial-Up Networking TCP/IP in Windows Me/9x for this to work.

23. To enable STAC compression:
1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Modems, and select your modem from the list. Click Properties, Connection, Advanced. Uncheck the "Compress data" box under "Error control". Click OK until you exit the Control Panel and restart Windows.
2. Click the flashing modem lights icon in the Taskbar, after connecting to the Internet (using Dial-Up Networking), and then click the Details button. It should display a message that STAC is currently running. If it's not present, then it is not supported by your ISP. In this case, re-enable your modem error compression.

24. Streaming Media in Slow Connection
Use this tip if your connection slower than 28,800 bps. If you have Windows Media Player v6. 0 installed (can be detected easily by its name: mplayer2. exe), you should be able to change its time/memory buffer. First, open the Multimedia icon in your Control Panel, go to the Devices tab, and then the Media Control Devices list. Continue with double-click the Wave Audio Device option. In that dialog box, press the Settings button and change its value to '2'. From now on you should get a cleaner media streaming.

25. Test Your Modem
To test whether your modem works well or not, open the MS DOS prompt. Next, type ECHO ATDT >COMx command, x is your port's number, such as COM1, COM2, etc. If you hear the dial tone that means your modem works ok. To stop the dial tone, type ECHO ATH >COMx.

26. Tracking Connection Speed
Curious about how fast your Internet connection is when you're surfing the net? You can use Windows Me's System Monitor to monitor it. To do so, while you're connected to the Internet, load System Monitor from the Programs, Accessories, System Tools menu. Click on Edit menu, select the Add Item command, and choose the Dial-Up Adapter in the Category panel and Connection Speed in the Item panel and then click OK. Now, use the buttons on the toolbar to configure System Monitor to use a Line, Bar or Numeric chart to display the connection speed.

27. Tracking the Data Channel
Use the Tracert facility to track the route that traveled by the data from a Web site server to your computer. To activate Tracert, click on Start - Run menus. Type command and then click OK to show the MS-DOS prompt windows. In the C:\, type TRACERT “site name”.
On the screen will appear 30 steps (maximum) that showing names, addresses, and response time of all router. Press the Ctrl+C key to exit.
The access speed to a Web site depends on the total response from its channel. Although only five router passed by your data, if each router needs 200 ms to respond, that is worse than nine routers with a total response time of 200 ms. Using the Tracert facility, you can find out the slowest router. If this router is your ISP router, probably you need to try another ISP.

28. Try before Completed
Don't waste your time and money only to download unwanted MP3 files. The size of most MP3 music is quite big, around 5 MB. If you use a 56K modem that means 25-30 minutes only to download one file. What a waste time (and money in some countries) if you download a wrong file. To avoid this situation, you must listen to the file while they're downloading. If it wasn't the song you wanted to hear, you can abort the transfer without wasting any more time. Open the “Find” facility and search your hard drive for all MP3 files. If you're downloading XYZ. MP3, its icon should pop up. Double-click it and listen to what's been transferred. If you don't like what you hear, you can abort the transfer immediately.

29. Untracked Referrer
If you don't want the site owners track how you got from one point to another, simply mail the link (URL) to yourself. When you click on it from your e-mail client, the server's logs will record it as no referrer. You can also launch a link from a local page or Run command line and achieve the same results.

30. What's Happening Around Your Neighborhood
For US internet user, you can easily find out what's happening around your neighborhood. In Netscape simply type: zip XXXXX (XXXXX is your ZIP code). In Internet Explorer, you can type: "? [KEYWORD]" (without quotation marks and replace the KEYWORD with your town or neighborhood area).

31. When a web page was last updated?
Curious about when a web page was last updated but the Webmaster doesn't show you? You should be able to find out yourself. Open your JavaScript-enabled Web browser and type the following on the Address line:
javascript:alert(document. lastModified)
and then press Enter. A dialog box should pop up with the time & date of the last page modification.

Internet Explorer Tips and Tricks

32. All Details Information
Don't waste your time visiting a web site, only to get information about its content. Simply right-click the hyperlink to the site and then choose Properties. All detail information will appear on the screen.

33. Another Way to Microsoft
Have you seen the spinning e logo at the upper-right corner of your browser? Click it once and it will take you to Microsoft's site.

34. Back to Home Quickly
Lost in Cyberspace? Just type two periods in the Internet Explorer address bar, hit Enter, and it will take you back to your home page.

35. Browse On Your Own Disk
Browsing Web pages stored on your hard drive is faster by far than downloading pages with your modem turned on. And it doesn't mean you're stuck with out of date information; you update the sites overnight or in the background. To do so, press Ctrl+B to display the Organize Favorites window. Select each Favorite that points to a Web page you want to browse from your hard drive, and then check Make Available Offline. Click on Properties to set your preferences for downloading pages deeper than the initial Web address. Schedule when you want the pages to be updated on your PC, or select Synchronize from the Tools menu to update pages immediately. IE5 will also e-mail you when the page has changed.

36. Cached or Not?
Want to know a page is cached or not? Just pass your mouse pointer over a link to a web page, that page isn't cached if you see a "no link" symbol-a circle with a diagonal line through it. This is the quickest way to determine if a link will bring up the page you want.

37. Case Sensitive
Many servers run UNIX and are case-sensitive. This means that `Index' and `index' are not the same. If you get an error message after you manually enter a name in the Address box, check the case.

38. Check the Web Security
To check a web page security quickly, just right-click its hyperlink, choose Properties, and then switch to Security tab. You will see type of security used by that page (if any).
Create a Text File of Web Addresses in Favorites Folder
To create a text file that contains a list of the Web addresses of the Internet shortcuts in your Favorites folder, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders. In the Named box, type "*. url" (without quotation marks).
In the Look In box, type "\favorites" (without quotation marks), where is the path to your Favorites folder. By default, the Favorites folder is located in the C:\Windows folder in Windows Me/9x. Click Find Now.
On the Edit menu, click Select All. On Edit menu, click Copy. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Windows Explorer. Click drive C. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder. Type "urls" (without quotation marks) or other names, and then press Enter.
Double-click the urls folder. On the Edit menu, click Paste. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt or Command Prompt. Type the following commands at the command prompt, pressing Enter after each line:
cd\
cd urls
copy *. url url. txt
To view the list of Web addresses of the Internet shortcuts in your Internet Explorer Favorites folder, open the Url. txt file in any text editor (such as Notepad).

39. Custom IE's Home Page
Want to create a custom browser home page containing only the links you visit regularly? Worth to try since this will save your time a lot. To do so, run Microsoft Word, select Tools and choose AutoCorrect. Select the Format As You Type tab and make sure the "Internet and network paths with hyperlinks" check box is checked. Create a new document in Word and type in a description and URL address for each of the sites you want listed on your custom home page. Save the document in "Web Page (*. htm; *. html)" format. Now open IE, click on File, Open, Browse and select the page you just saved. Click on Tools, Internet Options, and click on the Use Current button. From now on whenever you start the browser, your custom home page will appear.

40. Don’t Leave It
Don't want to leave your current Web page but want to check out another? Hold down the Shift key and click any link with the left mouse button. A new IE window with the Web page for that link will appear on the screen. You can also right-click a text link and select Open in New Window. Now you have easy access to both pages, each in their own window.

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