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Wheel mouse trick enlarges type


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 22, 1999

Q. Regarding your Feb. 8 item on enlarging print or fonts with Windows 98: Your answer works but with Internet Explorer 4 and a mouse with a wheel, just hold down Control, spin the wheel forward and you get bigger print.

A. This is one of the best (and less known) features of the wheel mouse. However, it works only in certain applications and not at all for general desktop resolution.

Q. I'm trying to install Microsoft Works on Windows 3.1. I get a message that I need Share.exe, but I can't find that on Windows 3.1 or 95.

A. Make sure that the reference to Share.exe is correct in the autoexec.bat or config.sys. If there is no share.exe command in the autoexec.bat or config.sys files, verify that the PATH statement in the autoexec.bat file points to a directory that contains share.exe. Share.exe is usually located in the C:\DOS directory in Windows 3.1 and should be included on your DOS or Windows 3.1 diskettes.

Q. The following error message appears when loading Windows 3.1:

1. "Cannot find the file wnfc.exe (or one of its components)." (click on "OK")

2. "Could not load or run wnfc.exe specified in the win.InI file."

After I upgraded to Windows 95, I still get the same error message.

A. I'm not sure what wnfc.exe is. All you need to do to get rid of the error message is to edit your win.ini file (should be in the Windows directory) and remove the reference to wnfc.exe in the Load= or Run= line.

Q. How can I determine what programs are running in the background? I have often seen the instruction "Disable other programs running in the background before installing this one per documentation that came with the equipment (or program)." However, I have never found any mention of disabling in any documentation. Is there a generic way to disable a program?

A. A Ctrl-Alt-Delete will display the Windows task manager. It will show all running processes (background and foreground). Selecting one and clicking "End Task" will force the program to stop processing.

Q. From the Windows 95 desktop, why can I not go online by double-clicking on the Internet Explorer icon?

A. Right-click the Internet Explorer icon and select Properties. Select the Connection tab, then the Connect button. Follow the instructions and answer the questions based on the values you received from your Internet service provider. If you don't know what an ISP is then you probably do not have one, which is a necessary part of getting online. America Online, GTE and MSN are just a few that provide this service.

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