A note for the beginner about editing files

Many of the tips and techniques covered on this site require that you edit configuration files.
If you are editing the files directly, through WebMin'sfile manager, you won't have a problem.
If, however, you are creating/editing files on your Windows PC, then sending them to the server, you need to pay close attention:

The world's most common operating system - Windows - does NOT include an appropriate editor. Notepad, wordpad, ect. are not text editors, they are word processors. A word processor doesn't just save text to a file, it also saves formatting information. Formatting information saved in files can make the file unreadable to another program. This formatting information is saved in different ways by different programs.

Most server systems run a variant of UNIX, which uses a plain text format called UNICODE. There are many variations, and I'm not going to get all technical.

The point is: you need a better text editor.  Notepad won't cut it.

I highly recommend MetaPad.  It is a Notepad replacement, and it's FREE! You can visit the site, or I've linked the download here: metapad351.zip.

Now that you've got it, let me make your life easier.

Most of the files I show you how to edit, you can't just double-click on. In Windows, there is a folder called "Send To" that can be very handy.

In WindowsXP, the folder is located at C:/Documents and Settings/USERNAME/SendTo where "USERNAME" is the name of the user that the setting(s) apply to. Just put metapad.exe in that folder. 

Now you can RIGHT-CLICK on a file, choose "Send To" and "metapad.exe" to open a file for editing.

(If you're really daring, you could re-name metapad.exe to notepad.exe and put it in the windows folder.)

NOTE: If you can't "see" the SendTo folder in your computer, it's because windows is hiding it. To fix that:

Double-click on "My Computer"
Choose "Tools" from the top menu
Choose "Folder options"
Choose the "View" tab
Mark the show button in "Hidden files and folders"
(while you're in there, uncheck "hide extensions for known filetypes" !)
Hit "Apply" then "OK"

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