Show all icons on the desktop

Windows 98/Me/2000

When unchecked, hides all the icons on the Desktop.

When checked, the icons will be restored to the Desktop.

When you are using the Active Desktop (Win95 + IE4 (and higher) / Win98), this will also disable/enable the Active Desktop.

Note 1: This item takes precedence over the other items, e.g. if you select to show the Network Neigborhood on the desktop, but uncheck Show all icons on the desktop, no icon will be displayed.

Note 2: This requires a re-logon to take effect.


Show Rename on Recycle Bin's context menu

Windows 98/Me/2000

When checked, a Rename entry will appear on the right-click shortcut menu of the Recycle Bin.

Note I: When using Undo from the menu (registered version only), it will not rename the Recycle Bin back to its previous state, it will just remove the Rename entry on the right-click shortcut menu of the Recycle Bin.

Note II: If you give a blank name when renaming the Recycle Bin, then the Recycle Bin on the desktop shows only the icon without any text, but Windows explorer shows it with the last changed name ( i.e. it retains the last name ) on Windows 98 and on Windows 2000 it shows the default Recycle Bin in Windows explorer.


Show Recycle Bin

Windows 98/Me/2000

When unchecked, hides the Recycle Bin on the Desktop, when checked, shows the Recycle Bin on the Desktop.

After you change the state of the checkbox, just hit Apply.

Note: It can take a few seconds before the Recycle Bin will be shown/hidden on the Desktop after pressing Apply.


Show Network Neighborhood

Windows 98/Me/2000

When unchecked it will remove the Network Neighborhood icon from the Desktop and prevent access to Network Neighborhood.

When checked, access will be restored (and the icon will re-appear on the Desktop) as soon as you have restarted Windows.

Consequences of hiding Network Neighborhood:

Since shell support for the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) notation is handled by the Network Neighborhood, hiding the Network Neighborhood icon will prevent Explorer from accessing resources via UNCs. In order to access network resources from Explorer, you need to map them to a drive letter. Note that the MS-DOS command prompt and other applications are not affected by this setting, because they do not use the Network Neighborhood to resolve UNCs.

In particular, hiding the Network Neighborhood prevents Direct Cable Connection from displaying the contents of the host computer. Apart from this, Direct Cable Connection functions normally.


Show Internet Explorer icon

The Show Internet Explorer icon check box will let you show the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop.


Save settings on exit

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will prevent settings from being written to the file system.

The following items are not saved when you exit Windows:

Note I: This requires a re-logon to take effect. This means that if save settings on exit is turned on (default) and you turn it off, you have to do a re-logon, at which time it will still save the settings. The next time you exit it will not safe the changes.

Note II: On Windows 98, the icon positions on the desktop will not be "fixed". We believe this to be a bug in Windows 98.


Prefix "Shortcut to" on new shortcuts

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item prevents Windows from creating the prefix Shortcut to when creating new shortcuts (using drag & drop).

Note: This requires a re-logon to take effect.


Shortcut overlay

Windows 98/Me/2000

Here you can change or remove the shortcut arrow from shortcuts.

Note I: if you change multiple items, which require a re-logon, it is possible that changes to the Shortcut overlay are not reflected after a re-logon. If that happens on your system, make the change to the Shortcut overlay only, press the 'Apply' button and wait for the changes to be reflected on the desktop.

Note II: If TTW will not change/hide your shortcuts, please read this notice.


Disable Taskbar menu (Disable right-click on Taskbar, Tray and Start button)

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item disables the right-click menu on the Taskbar, Tray (the area displaying your clock & other icons) and Start button.

Note I: This requires a re-logon to take effect.

Note II: This item will be greyed out in the shareware version.


Show Windows version

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item displays the Windows version number on your Desktop.

Note: This requires a re-logon to take effect.


Disable tooltips

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item disables the tooltips shown when you hover the mouse over Desktop icons.

Note: This requires a re-logon to take effect.


Disable right-click

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item disables the context menu when you right-click the Desktop.

Note I: This requires a re-logon to take effect.

Note II: This item will be greyed out in the shareware version.


Enable window animation

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item animates windows when they are minimised to - or maximised from - the Toolbar (zoom effect).


Smooth edges of screen fonts

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item smoothes the edges of screen fonts, so they appear less jagged.


Enable smooth scrolling

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item enables smooth scrolling in windows (Windows Explorer & Internet Explorer).


Show window contents while dragging

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item will show the contents of a window while you drag it. On slower systems (video cards) it is recommended to switch this off. When switched off, Windows will only show the outline of the window you are dragging, and redraw the window once you release it in the new position.


Show icons in all possible colors

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item will show icons in 16-bit colour (if supported by your video card).

Note: This requires a Windows restart to take effect.


Animate windows, menus and lists

Windows 98/Me/2000

Checking this item will enable smooth scrolling in windows, menus and lists.

Note: This requires a Windows restart to take effect.


Use Transition effects for menus and tooltips

Windows 2000

In Windows 2000, you can choose between a Fade or Scroll effect for the animation of menus and tooltips.

Note: This requires a re-logon to take effect.


Hide keyboard navigation indicators until using Alt key

Windows 2000

In Windows 2000, you can hide the keyboard navigation indicators. They will only show when you press the Alt key on your keyboard.

Keyboard navigators are the underlined letters you will see on menus. For example when using Windows Explorer, the keyboard navigator for the Tools menu is the letter T. So when you press Alt+T when Windows Explorer has the focus, the Tools menu will open.

Note: This requires a re-logon to take effect.