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Using PIF Files

Some MS-DOS applications running in Windows 3.1 required special settings kept in a Program Information File (PIF). Creating PIFs required a lot of knowledge and time as well as a modicum of luck. Windows 95 reduces that mess by using the same mechanism for MS-DOS applications and data that's now used for Windows files: the properties sheet. With a simple right-click of the mouse, you can directly view and alter the entire gamut of controls for your MS-DOS application. No separate editor, no hunting for the PIF, and then confirming that it's the correct one. Although Windows 95 still uses PIF files, the properties sheet provides a unified means of viewing the PIF properties for a given application.


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