Settings Used in the APPS.INF File

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The APPS.INF file contains information about the manner in which MS-DOS-based programs are run. Each program listed in the [PIF95] section contains its own section, with the settings for the program listed there. This article explains the abbreviated codes used in these sections.

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Name          Key    Description                               Default
WINDOWED     "win"   Open windowed instead of full-screen         Y
BACKGROUND   "bgd"   Run in background                            Y
EXCLUSIVE    "exc"   Exclusive mode                            Ignored
DETECTIDLE   "dit"   Idle sensitivity                             Y
LOWLOCKED    "lml"   Lock conventional memory                  Ignored
EMSLOCKED    "eml"   Lock EMS memory                              N
XMSLOCKED    "xml"   Lock XMS memory                              N
USEHMA       "hma"   Uses HMA                                     Y
EMULATEROM   "emt"   Fast ROM emulation                           Y
RETAINVRAM   "rvm"   Retain video memory                       Ignored
FASTPASTE    "afp"   Fast pasting                                 Y
The following settings control which keyboard shortcuts are active when the MS-DOS-based program has the focus. If the key is disabled, pressing the key sends the keystroke to the program instead of to Windows 95.
Name          Key    Description                               Default
ALTTAB       "ata"   Allow ALT+TAB to switch away                 Y
ALTESC       "aes"   Allow ALT+ESC to switch away                 Y
CTRLESC      "ces"   Allow CTRL+ESC to switch away                Y
PRTSCRN      "psc"   Allow PrtSc to perform screen snap           Y
ALTPRTSCRN   "aps"   Allow ALT+PrtSc to perform screen snap       Y
ALTSPACE     "asp"   Allow ALT+SPACE to view System menu          Y
ALTENTER     "aen"   Allow ALT+ENTER to toggle box/full-screen    Y
WINLIE       "lie"   Prevent MS-DOS-based programs                N
                     from detecting Windows
GLOBALMEM    "gmp"   Enable global memory protection              N
REALMODE     "dos"   Run program in MS-DOS mode                   N
The following settings apply only if the REALMODE flag is set. These settings control which MS-DOS-based TSRs should be loaded in real mode.
Name            Key    Description                             Default
MOUSE          "mse"   Mouse funtionality                         Y
EMS            "ems"   EMM386                                     Y
CDROM          "cdr"   CD-ROM driver/MSCDEX                       Y
NETWORK        "net"   Network drivers                            Y
DISKLOCK       "dsk"   Allow direct disk access                   N
PRIVATECFG     "cfg"   Use custom CONFIG.SYS settings             N
VESA           "vsa"   Extended video (VESA) support              Y
CLOSEONEXIT    "cwe"   Close on exit                              N
ALLOWSSAVER    "sav"   Allow screen saver to interrupt program    Y
UNIQUESETTINGS "uus"   Run program in separate session            N


Article ID: 130971 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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