Get rid of the Office Shortcut Bar and use new Windows 98 Quick Launch.
If you are using Microsoft Office 97 with Windows 98, the new Windows 98 Quick Launch bar operates as a more versatile and convenient Office Shortcut Bar. Its located just to the right of the Start button on the taskbar. You can place buttons on it in any order you want and put it anywhere you want on your desktop. To move your current shortcuts from the Office Shortcut Bar to the Quick Launch bar:
Get express e-mail from your Windows 98 desktop with e-mail shortcuts.
If you frequently send electronic mail to the same person, you can create a shortcut on the desktop that will instantly open a preaddressed message in your e-mail client (for example, Microsoft Outlook Express). To create an e-mail shortcut:
Add shortcuts to your SendTo folder for quick e-mail attachments.
Once youve completed the above tip and added e-mail shortcuts to your desktop, copy them into your Windows SendTo folder. If youre using Outlook, this allows you to attach a file to an e-mail message and send it simply by right-clicking the item to attach, pointing to Send To, and choosing the shortcut from the pop-up menu. To copy the icon to the SendTo folder:
Browse everywhere from any Explorer window.
Youve probably heard a bunch about true Internet and desktop integration in Windows 98. Heres some of the proof. You can switch back and forth between Web pages, files and folders on your computer, network drives, and pages on a corporate intranetall from the same browser or window. Toolbar buttons change to match content youre viewing, and you can use the Forward and Back buttons to flow freely between locations. For example, type a folder location in the Address bar of your browser or, vice versa, type a Web site address in your Address bar in My Computer.
Give your clicking finger a rest, using single-click desktop icons.
In Windows 98, you can change your desktop to operate in single-click mode, which allows you to open applications, windows, and folders the same way you do in your Web browser. To change from double-click mode to single-click mode:
Surf your computer the same way you surf the Web.
In Windows 98, click My Computer to open a window in a default setup called Web View. You "surf" the contents of My Computer similar to surfing in a Web browser. Along the left side, a panel displays useful information specific to the item you click. For example, if you point to a disk drive, the panel displays drive size and free space. If you point to a folder, the panel displays a folder description. If you point to a file, the panel displays document details and a thumbnail image of the file.
Get instantaneous desktop access.
The Quick Launch toolbar on the Windows 98 taskbar contains a new Desktop button. With a single click of the Desktop button, all open windows are instantly minimized. Click again to restore all open windows, or click a single icon on the taskbar to open only that application or window.
Make a Web page (or a single graphic on a Web page) your desktop wallpaper.
You can use any hypertext markup language (HTML) document, or Web page, as your desktop wallpaper. To make a Web page your wallpaper:
Bonus Tip: You also can right-click any graphic on a Web page, and click Set As Wallpaper.
Clean off your deskremove all desktop icons from your desktop.
The Windows 98 Active Desktop allows you to view Web sites, updated subscription channels, pictures (including animated pictures), and more. If you want to see all this content without desktop icons getting in the way:
Don't worry-you still have access to your desktop icons. In Windows 98, you can add them to your taskbar:
Undo file operations.
Have you ever accidentally deleted, renamed, moved, or copied a file you didn't intend to? Windows 98 has added an Undo command-that works like the Undo command in Microsoft Office 97 applications-to every user interface window. Click Undo on the toolbar (if you are viewing a window in Web View), or click Undo on the Edit menu.
Add your most frequently used programs to the taskbar.
You can create custom toolbar buttons on the new Windows 98 taskbar simply by dragging a program file, folder, or Web site window onto the taskbar. Windows 98 will automatically create a toolbar button for that application, folder, or Web site.
Search the Web directly from your Windows 98 taskbar.
To search the Web from your taskbar, first open the Address toolbar:
To search the Web, begin typing a Web address in the text box, and AutoComplete will suggest URLs based on sites you've visited. Or type Go, Find, or ? followed by a word or a phrase.
Create your own toolbar on the taskbar.
You can turn any folder into a toolbar, complete with single-click icons accessible from the taskbar. To create your own toolbar:
After you've created your toolbar, you can click and drag it to any location on your desktop-for example, you can anchor it at the top-, right-, or left-hand side of the screen.
Play Help hide-and-seek.
The Help system in Windows 98 has a new look. Click Start and click Help. When you click the Contents tab, you will see Back and Forward buttons similar to a Web browsing menu. There are also Hide and Show buttons: If you want to maximize the windows as you view Help information, click Hide to hide the Contents and Index pane. Click Show to view Contents and Index again.
Simply drag and drop to reorganize your Start menu.
In Windows 98, it is much easier to move programs, shortcuts, and Favorites around. Simply click Start and then highlight Programs, Favorites, or Documents. Click and drag the item you want to move to its new location. You can even move items up from submenu locations to higher levels for faster access