WT: How To Recover the File Explorer Icon From The Taskbar

This tutorial is being done on a machine running Windows 8.1 Pro but should also work for all versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Please note, you can enhance any image in this tutorial by clicking on it.

Tutorial Difficulty: Easy

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably done your fair share of tinkering around with Windows, and if you have then you’ve probably lost [unpinned] the very helpful File Explorer icon from the taskbar. And if you haven’t lost it yet, there is the chance you may in the future. Look at the image below and you’ll know what icon I’m referring to.

1Fear not the solution is fairly easy.

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With your mouse, hover along side the right side of your primary screen and bring up the charms menu. Select the Search option from the list.

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In the Search bar you just opened, search “File Explorer” without the quotes.

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Once you see the familiar looking icon, simply right click it, and select Pin to taskbar. 

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Finally, now that the icon is back on the taskbar, simply move it to your desired position. That’s it, you’re done!

Note: All previously pinned folders and location on the File Explorer icon will still remain even if the icon was lost from the taskbar.

 

 

 

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WT: How to Rip DVDs To Your Computer For FREE

This tutorial is being done on Windows 8, it is confirmed to work on Windows XP [home, pro], Windows Vista [all versions], Windows 7 [all versions], and of course Windows 8 [home, pro, enterprise]. This tutorial requires two pieces of malware/spyware free software to be downloaded and installed.

Tutorial Difficultly: Medium

You ever buy that one DVD that was easily the best movie you’ve ever seen? You ever been scared the dog or kids might scratch it? You ever wanted to watch that movie on the go? Well this is your tutorial.

Step 1: Prepare for the job

Download DVD Decrypter and Handbrake. Download them by clicking on their hyper linked names in the previous sentence. Install them and proceed to Step 2.

[Note: The legal status of DVD Decrypter has always been in question. As long as the products produced with this software are kept to one’s self and are not distributed, sold or uploaded, using this program is completely legal. This should only be for DVDs you have purchased and fully own, I do not condole piracy, this tutorial is for educational purposes only.]

Step 2: Create an ISO Image of your DVD

1Once you’ve installed the two programs, open DVD Decrypter and insert your DVD. Remove any discs you may have in other drives on your computer, this will make things easier.

We will use this program to create an ISO image of your DVD. The image will come into use in the following steps.   A log window will appear below the window shown in the picture above, this can be closed out. It is a log window that keeps track of what the DVD Decrypter has done, it is not necessary for anything we’re doing.

Look towards the top of the main window, click on mode and from the drop down menu that appears follow to ISO and select read.

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Next select your DVD drive in which you put your DVD into. If you only have one DVD drive, you don’t need to worry about this, if you do have more than one select the appropriate one. In the picture above, the area to select this is highlighted in red. You will know you will have selected the right one by looking at the area high lighted in green, if these icons are in color, you’ve picked the right one. They will appear black out if not.

In the area high lighter in blue, you can see a folder icon with a magnifying glass on it. Click here to name your output file and choose the folder where you want our output ISO file to go. Remember where you put this file, you will need it later. Note, this file will be anywhere from 3gbs to 8gbs in size! Once ready, click the icons in the are highlighted in green in the picture above to begin the process.

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You should now be viewing the window pictured above. Here you can find all the details of the ISO being produced, including a remaining time and progress bar until the finish. Depending on the specs of your computer, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to complete! For best performance and speed, let your computer sit on this job, come back and check in at the estimated time completion.

Step 3: Exit DVD Decrypter

Once finished, if your speakers are on, you should hear a monkey-like jingle alerting you that the job is done. Click OK and close out DVD Decrypter. You may see one of the two alerts, or both, pictured below. Don’t worry, these are normal, simply close them all out until they don’t redisplay again.

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Step 4: Load your ISO into Handbrake

Open Handbrake. Here we will turn that ISO file into a file that can be read on phones, or other media devices. You will now need to load the ISO file that DVD Decrypter made. To do so, look near the top left of the Handbrake window, click source, and then open file. Now select the ISO file from where you saved it, and wait a few seconds for it be analyzed and loaded into the program. Use the picture below, for reference if needed.

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After it has been loaded, you need to select the title, angle, and chapters, you want in the final outcome. You will also need to select where you want the final outcome file to go. To select all these option, look below where the source button was located. All in one row, you will see the title, angle, and chapters options. Below these options, you will see a Destination bar where you can click Browse to select where you want it to go. Refer to the picture below, for the location if you’re having trouble finding these options.

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For the title option, select the longest title that comes from the drop down menu. This is the actual movie or video from the DVD. It may not always be title 1, so make sure to pick the one that coordinates with the approximate run time of your DVD.

Angle should be left at 1.

By default the Chapter settings should be set when you select the title. Otherwise Chapters should be the first chapter to the last one of your DVD. In this case the first is and the last is 28. This may differ in your case, but is usually always 1 and the last number always varies. You may not need to change anything here.

Step 5: Select Resolution of outcome file 

Before we create the final file, we need to set the resolution of it. This basically means the size and quality of the final video. The MAXIMUM resolution of ALL DVDs is 720×480 This means you can not change the resolution any higher than this. Skip to alternative Step 5  if you want to use your file on an iDevice or Android device. Please refer to the image below. 

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The area to look at is high lighted in red. Look towards the top of the high lighted box, and find container right next to it there will be a box that you can click and will become a drop down menu. Here you can select what file type  you want for your final video file. Note, MP4 is very universal, it can be played almost anywhere, it is also the file type that has to be imported into iTunes to be used on an iDevice.

Next to that, you will see a large file size box, click here if you don’t care about the final size of your video. The larger the size, the better quality in this case. You will also find a web optimized and  iPod 5G support boxes that can be ticked as well, if you ant those options.

Below you will find a Size section. Here you can change the resolution of your video. Remember that 720×480 is the highest possible resolution for DVD! Once ready skip alternative Step 5  and go to step 6.

alternative Step 5: Set the Resolution of the outcome file for iDevices or Android Devices

Refer to the image below

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If you’re going to be using this DVD Rip on and iDevice or Android device, Handbrake has go you all hooked up. In the high lighted area in the picture above. You can see options for preset resolutions that will get you going. All you need to do is click on your desired one and you’re good to go! Note, some of these devices such as the iPhone 5 have  a higher screen resolution than  that of a DVD. This is not a bad thing, you will just not receive the best possible quality of your device’s resolution, but it will still be view able.

Step 6: Start your the process

Now with all your settings ready, look near the top left of the windows and select the green start button to start the converting process. Refer to the picture below if needed.

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Depending on the specs of your computer, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to complete! For best performance and speed, let your computer sit on this job, come back and check in at the estimated time completion.

Progress information can be seen towards the bottom of the program’s window, it is high lighted in the picture below, ignore the highlighting to the right of the image.

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Once done, exit the program.

Step 7: View your file

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! You’ve probably have a digital version of one of your favorite movies! To view it, locate it and open it in your favorite player! Note, some players can not open all video files. I recommend VLC Media Player for all your viewing needs.

If you want your file on your iDevice simply open iTunes and drag the video file directly inside it. All that’s left is to sync with your device.

If you want your file on your Android device, connect your device to your computer, and set it to mass storage on your device. (This should come up upon connecting your device) Drag and drop the video file onto your device’s storage and you’re good to go! I recommend MX PLayer for all your viewing needs on Android.

You can also transfer this video onto a flash drive, portable HDD, or leave it on your computer.

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WT: How to Remove a Website’s Name From Music Tags with iTunes

The tutorial is being done on Windows 8 (it is possible to do this on Mac OS X following step being nearly identical) with the use of iTunes (version by 11.0.4.4) Apple Inc 

Tutorial Difficulty: Easy

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Being an avid music listener, I have come across this a lot. I’m sure many of you have download music from this site; many sites like this also like to include the same thing in their music tags.

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As shown above, these sites like to include their name inside the lyrics section of the music tags. To view this, window, right click on a song and click “get info,” then click on the lyrics tab. This isn’t a bad thing, but when you want actual lyrics, or just want to keep a tiddy library, this can become an issue. This water mark can appear when you tap on the cover art of the particular song inside the Music app on any iOS device. It can also appear in other players elsewhere.  The thing is, somehow, these sites have made it so when you delete their name from the tags, when you come back to look at it, it’s still there. After some experimentation, I have come across a solution to this problem, it works and only require a few minutes to do. Let’s get started. Click on images to see bigger version of them.

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First thing to do is to identify what the bit rate and sample rate of your song is. In most cases, albums or mixtapes have the same continuous rates throughout, so you may only have to do this once. To view this, right click your song in iTunes and click get info. If you need to write the rates down to help you remember do so. Refer to the picture if you need help locating these rates.

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Next you have to match the setting from the song with iTunes. To do this, look to the top of iTunes and click edit and select preferences from the drop down menu. Note if you don’t see these options at the top, click inside iTunes, and press “Alt” on your keyboard, they should appear.

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Next, when the preferences windows appears, look for import settings. Refer to the picture if needed. 

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First open the drop down menu of import using by clicking on it. Referring to the picture, you will see that MP3 Encoder will be selected. This is basically what file type you want your outcome file to be, I find MP3 is the best for music files. You can select another if you wish for a different file type, for the sake of this tutorial, I will be selecting MP3.

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Below the previous setting, there is another drop down menu called setting. This is where you select the bit rate from earlier. For the best and optimal quality, select the one identical to earlier. In my case it will be 192kpbs.  In the event that your rate isn’t here, select custom and follow the next step. If your rate is here, simply skip the next step.

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By selecting custom another windows will appear. Start by opening the stereo bit rate  drop down menu by clicking on it. Your rate should in this menu. Anything else is abnormal audio. Select your rate. Continue to the sample rate and select the one from earlier too. [The one from the get info window that I ask you to remember.] Click OK and OK again, and close out the preference window.

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Go back to the song or album or mixtape you want to fix. Right click on it and select create MP3 version. If you have more than one song, click on any song in the album/mixtape and on your keyboard press “ctrl” and “a” at the same time, this will select all the songs there, then right click any of them and select create MP3 version.  DO NOT CLICK ANYWHERE ELSE IF YOU WANT THIS TO BE EASY LATER.

[Note if you selected another setting in the import setting menu then whatever you selected will appear here. Example, if you selected ACC encoder, “create ACC version” will be in place of create MP3 version, and so on.]

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There will be progress bar for every song you are converting at the top of iTunes. The new songs should be appearing below the original ones, those should still be highlighted.

[Note if you are currently playing music as I was during these conversion, you will not see a progress bar until you click on one of the arrows where the progress bar is supposed to be. This will cycle between the current song playing and the progress bar. It is ok to click on this after you’ve high lighted your songs. But not anywhere else!]

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Once the conversions are done, let’s get rid of the old music files, hit the delete button on your keyboard. A prompt to delete the selected songs will come up, (if they are still selected) we want these deleted as these are the old ones with the name encoded in them. It is your choice if you still want to keep the original files, but I wouldn’t. Last thing to do is remove the name from the new files, it is still there but this time it is removable, right click the first song, click get info and select the lyrics tab. High light and delete the name by hitting backspace, then click OK or next to continue to the next song, repeat this as many times as necessary. Once you’re done, that’s it! Congrats, you have new music files that do not contain any websites name in it!

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