Once you have started a new game, click the left mouse button once, then click and hold the left mouse button, while still holding the left button click and hold the right mouse button and press 'esc' then let go of the mouse buttons. Bingo!! Timer Stopped
Minimise all applications except Minesweeper, during the game press in this sequence (without the talking marks) 'xyzzy' then press 'enter', Now when you hold 'shift' 1 pixel in the top left hand corner will change color showing if there is a bomb under your mouse cursor.
Submitted by Gary Michael Kiebat-Kurnof