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This folder contains a series of "PowerToys"-- UI enhancements for advanced Win95 users-- that can be easily installed on any recent build of Windows 95.
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This folder contains a series of “PowerToys”– UI enhancements for advanced Win95 users– that can be easily installed on any recent build of Windows 95.
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Contents of the README.TXT file

Microsoft Windows 95 Power Toys Readme
Copyright Microsoft Corporation, 10/19/95


10/19/95 TweakUI 1.0. New Powertoy for "type A" personalities. You've just got to see it to believe it!

10/5/95 QuickRes 2.1, fixes several bugs, changes UI to improve ease-of-use. New version does not expire.

8/9/95. Content 1.0, incorporates new ShellFix.dll, fixes "wide menu" problem.

8/9/95. APlayExt, replaces CDPlay, incorporates ShellFix.dll

8/16/95. FlexiCD 4.3, adds support for a command line argument /resume. When you re-install, the link in your startup group has this command line. If you setup a hotkey for this link you can now pause/resume the CD player from the keyboard.

This folder contains a series of "PowerToys"-- UI enhancements for advanced Win95 users-- that can be easily installed on any recent build of Windows 95.

These enhancements were developed by members of the Microsoft Win95 team, and are now being made available to Win95 users at no cost. NOTE: these are not part of any shipping retail product at this point in time, and therefore are not supported through any official support channels. Use "at your own risk". (See official disclaimer below.)

The contents of this folder will be updated over time as we make enhancements to the utilities you see here now, and as we add new utilities for people to try out. Stop back every now and then and see what's changed.

Here's what's available now:

*** TweakUI

TweakUI is the handy Control Panel for "Type A" personalities. With TweakUI, you can change:
--menu speed
--mouse sensitivity
--window animation and sound
--shortcut appearance and default names
--which icons appear on your desktop
--create new templates
--boot parameters including whether or not to start the graphic user interface
--and there's more!!!!!

Please give it a try


With this handy-dandy context-menu extension, when you right-click on any folder or other container, you'll get a cascade menu that shows you all the contents of that folder, one-level deep. It works on shortcuts-to-folders, too.



FlexiCD is a taskbar notification icon that makes controlling audio CDs a breeze. When an audio CD is in your drive, FlexiCD gives you convenient single-click play/pause control, a tooltip that tells you which track and time you're on, and a right-click menu that provides commands for starting, stopping, ejecting and moving around the tracks on your CD.


You know those *.CAB files that you'll find on the Win95 CD and floppies? (These are files containing one or more compressed files.) Well, with the CABFILE Viewer shell extension, you can browse right into a CAB file and see all of its contents, and perform normal shell operations on the files inside.


This version of CLOCK.EXE takes advantage of win95's region windows, so your analog clock will be round, just like a real clock would. To see it in action, run Clock, then choose "Analog" and "No Title". (Note.. you just need to copy this EXE to use the clock. No setup file is provided.)


This is a simple custom command for all folders and containers that lets you right-click and choose "Explore from Here" to get an Explorer window that has the target folder as its root.


Finally, you can get the properties for a shortcut's target just by right-clicking the shortcut. This extension will add to any shortcut's context menu the complete context menu of its target.


For all of the CS majors in the audience-- make the focus follow the mouse without clicking, a la X Windows. TIP: To turn it off, use the control panel.


Here's one we wish was built right in: change DPI and bit depth without rebooting. QuickRes lives in the notification area-- just single-click (right OR left) on it to select your new display settings. Does not have an expiration date, but only runs on Windows 95.

Installing the PowerToys
1.Create a folder for the PowerToys: Right-click on the desktop and choose New:Folder from the pop-up menu. Name the folder "Power".

2.Download the PowerToys: Click the link on the PowerToy page to download the file "PowerToy.exe". Save it in the Power folder you just created.

3.De-compress the file "PowerToy.exe": Open the Power folder and double-click the file "PowerToy.EXE". This will create several new files in your Power folder.

4.Install the PowerToys: Find the new file called "Install". Right-click it, then choose Install.

Uninstalling the PowerToys
1.Open the control panel: On the Start Menu, choose Settings->Control Panel.

2.Open "Add/Remove Programs": Find the Control Panel called Add/Remove Programs and double-click it.

3.Remove PowerToys: Select the PowerToy you want to uninstall on the list, then click the button marked "Add/Remove".

To send us your comments or feedback, click the "Feedback" button at the bottom of the PowerToy page at

- the Win95 shell team


The PowerToy software and documentation is provided for your personal use and may not be distributed. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of such products and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft or its suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the products or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Because some states/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to you.

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