How do I use Fentun with Windows '95/NT4.0 and Netscape Navigator?

How do I use Fentun with Windows '95/NT4.0 and Netscape Navigator?


Downloading & Installing Fentun

  1. F irst, right-click on the Skip the BULL and download Fentun for Windows '95 button on Fentun's home page, and select Save Link As... from the menu that appears. (This version will run under both Windows '95 and Windows NT 4.0.)

  2. Select an appropriate place on your hard drive for Fentun to live. As an example, we'll place Fentun in C:\Program Files\Fentun\fentun.exe. Remember where you put Fentun - you'll need to enter the path a little later.

  3. Select the Options/General Preferences... menu item in Netscape Navigator 3.0. The Preferences dialog should appear.

  4. Select the Helpers tab.

  5. Click the Create New Type... button. A Configure New Mime Type dialog should appear.

  6. Enter application in the Mime Type field.

  7. Enter ms-tnef in the Mime SubType field.

  8. Click the OK button. The Preferences dialog should now be the frontmost window, with the newly added Mime Type highlighted in blue.

  9. Enter tnf in the File Extensions field. If you are already using tnf on your system, put something else in this field. (You'll append the file extension you enter here to any ms-tnef attachment you save as a file. Note: when using Fentun with Netscape Navigator, you will rarely, if ever, need to save an ms-tnef attachment.)

  10. Click inside the white circle to the left of Launch the Application. A black dot should appear in the white circle.

  11. Enter the path to where you placed Fentun in step 2 in the field below Launch the Application. For our example, we'll enter "C:\Program Files\Fentun\fentun.exe" (enclose the path in quotes if there is a space in the path - in our example, there's a space between Program and Files). If you do not know where you put Fentun, you can find it using the Start Menu's Find/Files or Folders... feature. See Microsoft Windows '95s online documentation for more information about how to use this feature.

  12. Click OK at the bottom of the dialog. Fentun is now installed and ready to handle ms-tnef attachments when they arrive in your e-mail.

Using Fentun

Relax, the toughest part is over. Now when an e-mail message arrives with a TNEF attachment, click on the attachment's link. You'll see something like this:

Fentun Window

In the example pictured above, there are two attachments, "ProjectSmartPayDialog.exe" and "ProjectEditSubscr.exe". Their sizes are displayed to the right (in bytes). To extract one of these, highlight the attachment by clicking on its name with the left mouse button. Select multiple attachments by shift-clicking and control-clicking with the left mouse button. Once you've highlighted the attachment(s) you want to extract, click the "Extract" or the "Extract As" button.

The "Extract" button will save the selected attachment(s) using the name listed. The "Extract As" button gives you the opportunity to specify the destination filename and directory for each selected attachment.

The "Close" button makes Fentun go away. It's really the same as using the window's close button.

The "About" button displays a window with some information about Fentun, including the URL for this website. About (haha) the only exciting feature in this window is the Okay button, which closes the window when clicked.

In the lower left corner, you'll find a picture of Fentun. This area of the window serves the purpose of making the application cute.

Finally, in the bottom of the window, you'll find the status bar. A plethora of information can be found here, including the version number of Fentun, success and/or failure messages during attachment extraction, and cryptic error messages that prove meaningless to most humans and a couple of computers. Oh, wait - hopefully those messages have all been taken out...

Uninstalling Fentun

My greatest hope is that you find Fentun helpful, easy to use, and perhaps even fun. However, if for whatever reason you need to uninstall Fentun, here's how it's done.

  1. Delete the fentun.exe file.

  2. Write an e-mail message to Netscape, informing them how disappointed you are that they didn't include the ability to remove helper applications. As a result, you'll have to do it manually. Continue on...

  3. Close all Netscape Navigator windows.

  4. Select Run... from the Windows Start Menu.

  5. Enter REGEDIT.EXE in the Open field, and click the OK button. The Registry Editor window should appear.

  6. Select the My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\User Trusted External Applications item in the folder tree on the left side of the window.

  7. Highlight the row on the right containing the path to Fentun, and hit the delete key. If it doesn't exist, move on to the next instruction. If a confirm dialog appears, click the Yes button.

  8. Select the My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Viewers item in the folder tree on the left side of the window.

  9. Highlight the row on the right containing the name application/ms-tnef, and hit the delete key. If a confirm dialog appears, click the Yes button.

  10. Highlight the row on the right containing the data "application/ms-tnef"; it should have a name containing the word "TYPE". Hit the delete key, and click Yes if a confirm dialog appears.

  11. Close the Registry Editor window.

  12. Smile (or frown) - Fentun is now uninstalled.

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