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Windows 10: Convert m4a audio files

Converting m4a files in Windows 10 Recently I had to work with an audio file that was formatted as an m4a, which is normally fine in Windows 10, but the particular software I was using had other ideas. The simplest solution seemed to be converting it to a wav. After a quick web search, I found a great free tool - foobar2000. The website describes the software as advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.

Windows 10: Changing the Wallpaper

Changing the Wallpaper in Windows 10 One of the most common settings to customise in Windows 10 is the desktop background, or the “Wallpaper”. The default is a colourful picture, but I prefer something less busy, like a solid-colour. On the empty section of the desktop, right-click and select Personalize to launch the Settings dialog Select Background from the menu on the left Change the background to Solid color

Windows 10: Enable Delete prompt

Display confirmation prompt on delete By default in Windows 10 there is no confirmation prompt if a file is deleted. With fat fingers like mine, enabling the Windows file delete prompt is a must. There’s just something about being able to delete a file without a confirmation prompt that scares me. Even though it’s rare I actually need this failsafe, it’s presence is reassuring. Anyway, this is how to quickly turn on that annoying prompt:

Windows 10: Disable Recent items

Turn off Recently Used items in File Explorer Quick Access File Explorer has a section in the left navigator called Quick Access which can include both fixed items and recently used items. This means the folder list dynamically changes to reflect recent folders you’ve visited. For predictable folder access I’d prefer this list to be static and unchanging, and thankfully Windows 10 allows me to have that: Launch File Explorer Right-click the Quick access heading and select Options

Windows 10: Combine Taskbar when full

Combine taskbar buttons only when full Today’s quick Windows 10 tip involves the taskbar, and its default stacking behaviour in Windows 10. To quickly and easily switch between open windows I like to avoid the stacking of taskbar buttons whenever possible. Here’s how to enable this behaviour: Right-click a blank area on the taskbar and select Settings. Scroll down to locate the option Combine taskbar buttons and change it to When taskbar is full.

Windows 10: Disable Suggestions

Turn off Suggestions in the Start menu Windows 10 has plenty of eye-candy features, but it’s Start menu Suggestions are too much like spam for my liking. Here’s how to disable those annoying ads once and for all. In the Start Menu, right-click on the unwanted Suggestion and select Turn off all suggestions. From Start launch Settings and Toggle Off the option Occassionally show suggestions in Start.

Windows 10: Install Ubuntu 16 in VirtualBox

Getting started with Ubuntu 16 in VirtualBox Today I will be installing VirtualBox on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (the host), then creating a new virtual machine to run Ubuntu 16.04.1 (the guest). For those running Windows 10 Home edition, sorry but this probably won’t work for you. VirtualBox installation First we need to download VirtualBox from I’ve downloaded VirtualBox 5.1.14 Run the executable and follow the prompts to complete the installation.