Expand and Contract Folders With Ease

Posted On 2007-05-03 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Expand and Contract Folders With Ease (Windows 9x and NT)
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It can be a time-consuming process to expand a folder by clicking on the (+) for each and every sub-directory. This tip lets you expand and contract them all at once, with one keystroke.
While in any application that is based on the explorer interface (e.g. Windows Explorer) simple highlight the parent folder you wish to expand and press '*' (asterix on the keypad) and all the sub folders will expand out, press '-' (minus on the keypad) and they'll all contract back again.

Launching Programs When Windows Starts (Windows 9x and NT)
You can automatically start programs whenever Windows lauches. If you have programs automatically starting that you have not loaded then you can remove them using this tip as well.
1. Open your registry and find the key below.
2. For each program you wish to start automatically create a new string value using a descriptive name, and set the value of the string to the program executable.
For example, to automatically start Notepad, add a new entry of "Notepad"="c:\windows\notepad.exe".
Note: Remember to include the full path to the file, if the directory is not included in your default search path.
If you're trying to remove a program and can not find it in the default key, then additionally try these keys as well:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
Data Type: REG_SZ

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