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TweakUI (which stands for "tweak" User Interface of Windows) is one of the "PowerToys" that Microsoft's Windows developers made available soon after Windows 95 came out. With it you can do such things as: get rid of the little arrow in the icons for Shortcuts; turn on or off smooth scrolling and windows animation; disable the showing of icons on the Desktop for the Recycle Bin and Network Neighborhood; and many other things.

There was a special edition of TweakUI for Windows 98, and now there is a version which detects which of the following versions of Windows it is installed on and then modifies the various options available according to what OS is detected: Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinME, WinNT, and Win2000. If you have Windows XP, then a special version is available at Microsoft's site for that. The "chameleon" version is numbered 1.33 and can be downloaded at this site (among many others):


Once you've installed TweakUI on your computer, you get to TweakUI by clicking on the Start button, then selecting Settings, clicking on Control Panel, and double-clicking the TweakUI icon. This presents a set of tabbed dialog boxes, with names like General, Desktop, Explorer, IE (which stands for Internet Explorer), and Add/Remove. The tab that is especially relevant to fixing Windows is one labelled Repair. You will read "Tweak UI can attempt to repair the following aspects of your system" and below that is a roll-down menu which you access by clicking on the little downward pointing arrow on the righthand side. The various aspects are:

- Rebuild icons
- Repair associations
- Repair font folder
- Repair hot keys
- Repair Regedit
- Repair System Files
- Repair Temporary Internet files

When you select each of these items, you will get a simple description of what it means in the section labelled Description. If you choose to do one or more of the repair functions, you do so by selecting a type of repair and then clicking on the button labelled Repair Now.

If you would like to read a really complete and detailed description of the uses for TweakUI, with lots of screen shots to help you understand the tool, then point your web browser at this url:

PCForrest's Tweak UI Guide