Windows Installer – Garageband For Windows PC http://garagebandforwindowspc.org/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:13:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-138x136.png Windows Installer – Garageband For Windows PC http://garagebandforwindowspc.org/ 32 32 Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer adds detection of Windows 11 and new ARM devices https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/debian-gnu-linux-12-bookworm-installer-adds-detection-of-windows-11-and-new-arm-devices/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:31:31 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/debian-gnu-linux-12-bookworm-installer-adds-detection-of-windows-11-and-new-arm-devices/ The Debian Project today released the first alpha development version of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series, which is scheduled for release next year. Work on Debian GNU/Linux 12 “bookworm” started a few months ago, but now there is an official installer for early adopters and Linux/Debian enthusiasts who […]]]>

The Debian Project today released the first alpha development version of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series, which is scheduled for release next year.

Work on Debian GNU/Linux 12 “bookworm” started a few months ago, but now there is an official installer for early adopters and Linux/Debian enthusiasts who want to check out the new features and improvements.

The Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer supports the latest Linux 5.19 kernel and introduces various hardware improvements, starting with the detection of the Windows 11 operating system if you plan to dual boot Debian GNU/Linux and Windows on the same machine.

Support for new ARM devices has also been added, including the Banana Pi BPI M2 Ultra, ODROID-C4, ODROID-HC4, ODROID-N2 and ODROID-N2+ single board computers, Purism’s Librem 5r4 (Evergreen) Linux smartphone, as well as the MNT Reform Version 2 modular laptop.

New RISC-V devices are also supported, including SiFive HiFive Unmatched and BeagleV Starlight Beta, as well as the Microchip PolarFire-SoC Icicle kit, a low-cost development platform that allows evaluation of compatible RISC-V 5-core Linux. microprocessor subsystem.

Other notable changes implemented in the Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” installer include screen reader support enabled by default for the Cinnamon desktop environment, automatic launch of text-to-speech, easier detection of multi-path devices, and support for multiple initrd paths.

The installer also adds support for source-based Exherbo Linux distribution, detection of NTFS3 drivers for Linux kernels 5.15 or later (in addition to NTFS and NTFS-3G), and detection of initramfs d Alpine Linux. Another interesting change is that the installer no longer offers experimental dmraid support.

My tech-savvy readers can find additional details about the changes to this first alpha installer for Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” in the mailing list announcement posted earlier today by Cyril Brulebois. The final version of Debian Bookworm is expected in summer 2023.

Image credits: Debian Project

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Southport School’s new windows are re-installed https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/southport-schools-new-windows-are-re-installed/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 18:15:00 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/southport-schools-new-windows-are-re-installed/ For Adam Harkins, it seemed that about half of the recently installed windows at Southport Central School were showing too much daylight. As chairman of the school committee, he checked the 28 new windows that cost $27,503.67 and found that 13 did not fit properly, leaving a noticeable gap. “I noticed you could see daylight […]]]>

For Adam Harkins, it seemed that about half of the recently installed windows at Southport Central School were showing too much daylight. As chairman of the school committee, he checked the 28 new windows that cost $27,503.67 and found that 13 did not fit properly, leaving a noticeable gap. “I noticed you could see daylight between the chassis and the trim, about a quarter inch,” he said. “There was a meeting with the installer and the manufacturer at the school. I told them no one would get paid until I was satisfied,” Harkins said.

At the September 19 school committee meeting, Harkins explained how a resolution was reached. He reported that 14 new windows meeting specifications would be rearranged and reinstalled. A broken window and 13 others that didn’t fit explain the order. “It really wasn’t anybody’s fault,” Harkins said. “We discussed how to solve it. Everyone gave a little and we came to a resolution we could all live with. New windows will be reinstalled when school is not in session. Harkins thinks the work will be done on Wednesday afternoons or weekends.

In another action, principal Lisa Clarke said the new school year was “off to a great start”. Clarke is looking to return to some of her old favorite activities to mark the new school year. One activity stopped in the last two years was field trips. But last week Southport students attended Edgecomb Eddy for a ‘Mad Scientist’ presentation, resumed fortnightly visits to the Southport Memorial Library and took part in a coastal cleanup. “Tomorrow we experience life in colonial America with a trip to Fort Pemaquid. It’s an outdoor program with lots of hands-on learning. It’s good to get back to those programs that we haven’t done in a while,” she said.

Another past favorite is also back on the school calendar. On September 29, the school organizes an open day. Clarke thinks the event will be a great time for parents to learn about the school. “They can see the changes to the building over the past three years. It will also be a great way to meet their children’s teachers,” she said.

Alternate Organizational Structure 98 Superintendent Bob Kahler reported that member schools worked together to avoid a transportation problem. Edgecomb is down from a bus driver. AOS officials met with the bus drivers, which resulted in a solution. “We combined routes that reduced one route releasing an Edgecomb/CSD (community school district) race,” he said. “This is an AOS, so we cannot order bus drivers to change routes. Members are a separate district, so we are looking for volunteers and cooperation to solve problems.

The committee then meets at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 17 at Southport Central School.

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How to use the new Arduino 2.0 IDE https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-use-the-new-arduino-2-0-ide/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:51:48 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-use-the-new-arduino-2-0-ide/ The Arduino IDE 2.0 has been in beta since early 2021. In those early days, we took the Arduino as a test drive and liked what we saw. When Arduino announced that it had moved to a stable release, we just had to take that for another ride. Arduino IDE 2.0 is a big improvement […]]]>

The Arduino IDE 2.0 has been in beta since early 2021. In those early days, we took the Arduino as a test drive and liked what we saw. When Arduino announced that it had moved to a stable release, we just had to take that for another ride.

Arduino IDE 2.0 is a big improvement over the original IDE. Especially the new user interface. Here are some additional end-user improvements.

The Arduino IDE 2.0 introduces an auto-completion program, which is useful when entering large sections of code. As we type, the IDE suggests possible keywords/commands that we can use. This feature is the most commonly used feature in many other IDEs and is an addition to IDE 2.0.

If you like the color of your code editors, the Arduino 2.0 IDE offers many themes.

Found in the “File-and-Gt” menu Make your theme change to your liking and the editor manual handles the issues.

The Serial Plotter finally got an update and now it looks great. The serial plotter is useful when it comes to measuring and interpreting analog signals and voltages.

Under the hood, Arduino IDE 2.0 sees improvements over time with compiling and in-app updates for our software, board and software libraries. As mentioned, Arduino IDE 2.0 can be updated from the app, so you can easily download the latest version from the Arduino website.

Understanding Arduino.

The best way to understand the new IDE is to use it. In this guide, download and install the new IDE, then use it to create fun projects using NeoPixels.

1. Open a browser and go to your system’s Arduino official website to download the installer. We used Windows 11 and downloaded the 64-bit version to our computer.

2. Go through the installation process and start the Arduino 2.0 project after the project is complete.

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3. Allow the Arduino IDE to pass through your firewall. The IDE will communicate with its servers to ensure that we have the latest versions and software library.

4. Install the USB driver when the driver is running. This allows the Arduino IDE to communicate with many different development boards, such as Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi Pi Pico.

The new Arduino 2.0 IDE.

The new IDE has seen many improvements throughout the house. And that would seem incredible. Whether you’re new to Arduino or a seasoned proton explorer, we found this to be a quick reference for finding new features.

Arduino IDE 2.0 was built, but the basic components are unchanged.

1. This area is a pin-sketch (Sketches are the Arduino language for our project files) where we write the code that makes up our project.

2. In the Output field, we see the output of adding new software libraries and debugging information when our code was flashed to a microcontroller.

What has changed is to the left of the application. A new vertical menu is full of usability, so get quick access to many old, hidden, but well-used features.

1. We can upload sketches in the following post. This is how to download our sketchbook is a demo project.

2. What does the Arduino IDE need? We can install the system on this card.

3. Library Manager: Here we can install, update and delete software libraries for our projects. For example, we can install libraries to monitor NeoPixels, Wi-Fi and sensors.

4. Debug: Running the debug tool will show any errors in our code.

5. Search: Use this to find a specific value in your project. Here we use search to find a specific constant that we use to control the speed of our demo project.

6. The Arduino IDE can work with many different types of boards, and this dropdown makes it easy to change, but it still helps locate the correct port.

Configure a computer, installation and configuration software.

Learn a new IDE, especially one that works as well as Arduino. This is best done by completing a project. We learn all new features and improve our workflow.

To test the Arduino 2.0 IDE, we created a simple project that uses Adafruits NeoPixel Libraries for Arduino boards to produce a quick dark night RGB LED light show.

1. Connect the Arduino Uno computer (or compatible computer). A real Arduino is the best option, but it works like no other.

2. Power on your Arduino from the drop-down menu. This will configure the card and port. Other card types require more configuration.

3. You can skip this step by using an Arduino. In the adapter menu, click Select port and adapter.

4. If you are not using an Arduino, skip this step. Look at your card, take it and choose the correct port. If you don’t know the port yet, check out our guide.

5. Find Adafruit NeoPixel in the Library Manager. Choose NeoPixel from the list and click Install.

Create a NeoPixel project?

NeoPixels, a term for WS2812B addressable RGB LEDs, are perfect for introducing microcontrollers and the new Arduino IDE. Why? They are all great fun. Each RGB LED has the ability to control the color and brightness of the LED, which means you can create images and effects.

This project must be carried out by this person.

  • An Arduino uno (or compatible) (opens in new tabs)!
  • NeoPixels are new tabs.
  • 3x Lead Wires: Men and Men (opens in a new tab)

The project process is simple. Our NeoPixels are connected to the three GPIO pins of the Arduino. If you’ve never soldered before, don’t risk reselling your NeoPixels if it’s simple. Take a look at our How To Solder Pins To Your Raspberry Pi Pico guide, which will give you plenty of detail. Pinecil V2 is a great iron for all budgets and users of all skill levels.

Wire colorArduino GPIONeoPixelRed5VVCC/V / 5VYellow6Data InBlackGNDGND/.

In a single segment solution, the Neopixels will be powered by the Arduino Uno, but if possible there will be two segments in the current year. Additionally, the Neopixels will be powered by an Arduino Uno.

We’ll use Adafruit’s nippl library to control a small string of nippls, which change their color from red to green to blue.

1. Click File > and / and create a new sketch. Clear sketch content.

2. Include a library for Adafruit NeoPixel in this sketch. Python programmers will know, for example, we import code in Python.

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3. Create three constants containing the GPIO pin used for the NeoPixel data pin, a pause (in ms), and a number of LEDs in our chain. We used GIO pin 6 and want a five ms pause between each color change and we have 96 LEDs in our chain. A good practice is to keep the LED count below 8ppm using the 5V battery on the Arduino. In our example, we briefly used 96 to illustrate how a long strip of NeoPixels works.

#define LED_PHIN 6:32 #define PAUSE 10. 97% @ LED_LOC…

4. Declare the NeoPixel object by passing the number of pixels (LED), the GPIO pin used, the configuration of the LED (RGB or GRB) and the bitstream of the pixels (typically 800 Hz).

Adafruit-NeoPixel Strip (LED_COUNT, LED_PIN, NEO_GRB, +NEO_KHZ800);

5. I will start a function, configure it and activate the NEC to initialize the NEC. If it works, turn off the LED, then put this light on 25. The brightness is between 0 and 255. The value of 25 corresponds to 10 degrees less.

void setup() strip.begin(); strip.show(); strip.setBrightness(25); }

6. In addition to creating a visual effect, turn a knob, then turn on the red, green and blue LEDs. Use the PAUSE constant to add a 10 ms delay.

void loop() colorWipe(strip, pylor(255, 0), OPOST); // Red. colorWipe(strip.Color(0, 255, 0), PAUSE); // Green color, green color, green color, dim photo. ColorWipe(strip).Color( 0, 0, 255), PAUSE); // Blue }

7. Create the colorWipe function which combines color and delay time as arguments.

void colorWipe(uint32_t color, int wait) redefinition (int/decrease) – l-int l:dnt r=.

8. The loop will then cycle through all the LEDs in the strip, set the color of each pixel, then fumble for ten ms, then cycle to the next LED.

(int i=0; i=0); i=0.

Complete code list.

#include #indicate LED_PIN 62 hdni. #name it: PAUSE 10. #enable LED_COUNT 96 – #enfined. Adafruit Neo-Pixel Strip (LED_COUNT, LED_PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800); void setup() – – – -. strip.begin(); To display.(); strip.setBrightness(25); } void loop() colorWipe, “Strip.Color”(255, 0, 0, PAUSE); // Reddish / blue band. colorWipe(strip.Color, 0, 255, 0), PAUSE) // Green; colorWipe: “Wipe” / Color / 0, 0, 255, PEATH. } void colorWipe(uint32_t color, int wait) for(int i=0; i=0; i=0); it is for(int i=0; it ok int 0; it will be for(int i=0; it will be for (int i=0).

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5 renovations that will make your pre-war co-op shine https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/5-renovations-that-will-make-your-pre-war-co-op-shine/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:28:25 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/5-renovations-that-will-make-your-pre-war-co-op-shine/ Pre-war co-ops are a staple of real estate in New York. These stately buildings rose in popularity between the 1880s and 1940s, and their magnificent brick and scrollwork facades characterized the Manhattan residential market for years. Today, you can find many of these historic buildings on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, where […]]]>

Pre-war co-ops are a staple of real estate in New York.

These stately buildings rose in popularity between the 1880s and 1940s, and their magnificent brick and scrollwork facades characterized the Manhattan residential market for years. Today, you can find many of these historic buildings on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, where their unique interiors exude a charm not found in modern high-rises.

Yet while these historic buildings have an old-world charm and typically sell for less than most comparably sized condo units, buying a New York City co-op and renovating it can bring in these older dwellings into the modern era.

To help inspire New York co-op owners, the team at Prevu Real Estate has put together a quick guide to the most popular co-op renovations right now.

Update that old kitchen

Kitchens are a remarkable facet of pre-war living, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Some are kitchen-style, with a slim walkway flanked by countertops and appliances. Others have larger spaces, with enough space for a kitchen-dining room or a small, light-filled breakfast nook.

But before embarking on any renovation project, make sure your construction follows the co-op’s building modification agreement to get council approval.

For example, you might want a gut renovation to change the layout of the room, but any wet-on-dry kitchen and bathroom rules your building may have in place can scuttle your plans. Luckily, there are other renovations to update your cooking space.

Soft-closing cabinets dampen noise when storing dishes, and sleek high-end countertops breathe new life into the room. In addition to luxury appliances, you may want to refresh backsplashes to add your personal touch without breaking the bank.

Reinvent the dining room

A common feature of most pre-war co-ops was that the dining room was separate from the kitchen. While that may have been the style when these units were built, many apartment owners in New York seek open concept living.

If possible, some new co-op owners will have contractors knock down the wall separating the two rooms, creating an open floor plan.

Before you start reconfiguring your layout, be sure to speak with an architect and your building to see if these types of changes are allowed or have already been done on other units in the same line.

Touch up the living room

The living room is one of the fascinating parts of a pre-war cooperative.

With high ceilings and built-in shelving and cabinetry, this living space can transport guests to a bygone era in New York. Additionally, these rooms usually have large windows that let a lot of light into the space, which can show the age of the room.

Take a top-down approach, starting with crown mouldings. At the time, builders used plaster of Paris to glue moldings to the wall and ceiling. Over time, these can use a paint job to liven them up.

Depending on the condition of the walls, you can recoat the walls with finishing plaster and apply a fresh coat of paint. A light sanding and gloss paint for shelves and built-in cabinets can make these historic pieces shine.

Create a bathroom oasis

Sometimes stepping into the bathroom of a pre-war unit can feel like stepping back in time, but not in a good way. For example, some pre-war co-ops had toilets that use a lever to flush them, and if your bathroom has one, it’s time to bring your toilet into the 21st century.

A complete renovation can transform your bathroom, so start by adding new tiles and replacing that outdated tub. You can create a spa-like experience with a modern tub or even a walk-in shower with a rain shower head.

And don’t forget the vanity, mirrors and light fixtures. If you’re upgrading the room, don’t cut corners trying to salvage rooms that will look out of place.

Refresh the floors

After years of shuffling and scraping, even the best hardwood floors wear out.

Years of use and sun will cause fading and ruin the effect of any other home upgrades you undertake. To combat this, you can bring in an expert to refinish your existing floor, as sanding off the top layer and choosing a new stain can rehabilitate the floor throughout your home.

But if you want to get rid of outdated designs, you can ask an installer to help you design and bring the rooms in your home into the modern age.

Rethink lighting

There’s nothing worse than poor lighting in a co-op, where outdated light fixtures flatten your home’s light.

But by going room by room and replacing garish ceiling lights, you can brighten up your home. Even if you don’t want to replace every light fixture, review your unit and consider replacing all existing lights with LEDs, as these add more light than older bulbs.

It’s hard to replicate the vibe of a living room with an older chandelier, but a soft light switch combined with new LEDs in a restored chandelier will wow your guests at the next dinner party.

Interested in buying a co-op apartment in New York? Browse the listings and see how much you can save with Prevu’s Smart Buyer Discount.

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LogonBox SSPR 2.3.18 – Security Boulevard https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/logonbox-sspr-2-3-18-security-boulevard/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:54:25 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/logonbox-sspr-2-3-18-security-boulevard/ Introduction LogonBox is pleased to announce the immediate availability of LogonBox SSPR 2.3.18.This release includes Secure Node enhancements and support for the following AD credentials for child domains. Secure Node enhancements A memory leak in Secure Node, caused by failure to close all open connections, has been fixed. Secure Node now properly closes all connections […]]]>

Introduction

LogonBox is pleased to announce the immediate availability of LogonBox SSPR 2.3.18.
This release includes Secure Node enhancements and support for the following AD credentials for child domains.

Secure Node enhancements

A memory leak in Secure Node, caused by failure to close all open connections, has been fixed. Secure Node now properly closes all connections once they are no longer needed.

The Secure Node client installer executable now performs an uninstall of the previous version before upgrading, providing a better upgrade experience.

AD sponsorships

If you enable the Track Referrals option in Configure User Database->Advanced, LogonBox will now track all referrals referenced by AD.
This setting allows you to sync users from any child domain.

NOTE: You must connect to a global catalog server for this to work, and you must set the global catalog port to 3269 in the hostname field (i.e. adserverhost:3269)

Upgrade Instructions

You can upgrade directly from the web UI or from the operating system.

To upgrade from the web UI, log in with your administrator account, navigate to Server Status from the main dashboard, and click Update. You may also be automatically prompted on login if you have enabled Updates, Features and Licenses->Update Prompt.

To upgrade from the operating system:

On Windows – download the new installer, run it and follow the prompts.

On a LogonBox VM – from a shell, type:

apt update
apt upgrade

If you are still using a version earlier than 2.3, you will need to perform a few additional steps from within the operating system, as detailed here:

https://docs.logonbox.com/app/manpage/en/article/6172513

Our support team will be upgrading Cloud customers over the next week.

Changes

Here is a summary of the changes made in this version.

Features

  • AD syncs now follow referrals if you append the global catalog port to the hostname (i.e. adhostname:3269)
  • Secure Node clients upgrade more cleanly

Insects

  • Fixed a memory leak with Secure Node connections
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Linux Mint 21 Release Brings Reviewer Welcome Meeting https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/linux-mint-21-release-brings-reviewer-welcome-meeting/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:03:24 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/linux-mint-21-release-brings-reviewer-welcome-meeting/ Is your favorite Linux desktop Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce? Or do you want to change for something different and potentially better? Then one of your best options is to upgrade to Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” released on July 30. It is available in a choice of flavors based on Ubuntu or Debian. Making this recommendation […]]]>

Is your favorite Linux desktop Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce? Or do you want to change for something different and potentially better?

Then one of your best options is to upgrade to Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” released on July 30. It is available in a choice of flavors based on Ubuntu or Debian.

Making this recommendation is an important step for me. Once my daily Linux driver, I had a big falling out several years ago with this distro, when an upgrade caused persistent issues that led to nasty responses – and no solution – from the Linux community. Linux Mint technical support.

I then upgraded to a quasi-clone of Linux Mint, Feren OS, and was a happy user until the developers of that distro drastically changed the design and moved away from the traditional Cinnamon desktop.

So I skipped distributions again. I had reviewed a new Cinnamon remix distribution released by an independent Linux developer. My reference Linux distribution became Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix, later renamed CinnaBuntu. Since then, I have been very satisfied with its performance and usability options.

The ability to choose operating systems and configuration options is one of the shiny pearls you can polish with Linux. It is not possible to quickly install replacement operating systems with a similar look and feel with Windows or macOS.

However, my Linux wanderlust took over with the release of Linux Mint 21. I was curious to know what I might be missing.

I discovered quite a few features that my current edition of Cinnamon doesn’t offer. These new features are also found in the MATE and Xfce editions. LM 21 editions include the most recent versions of the three supported desktop environments: Cinnamon 5.4, Xfce 4.16, and MATE 1.26.

Read on to see what brings me back to Linux Mint. Since Cinnamon is my favorite desktop, I focused on this edit for this review.

Hello, old friend

Vanessa’s release rekindled my appreciation of Linux Mint’s solidity as a computing platform. From initial loading of the live session DVD to flawless installation, I was up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Welcome screens are becoming a standard setup routine for Linux installations. They could all take a lesson on how to do it right using Linux Mint as an example. Even for seasoned Linux users, Linux Mint’s approach is quick and convenient to perform all first-run tasks.

The left column panel of the panel provides an excellent index to access general information, documentation, and getting the first steps done. This is especially useful for new users unfamiliar with Linux in general – and LM in particular.

The main window area guides you through each phase of updating system components and basic desktop configuration. Each segment briefly explains what is covered. A green-themed launch button puts every part of the process in motion.

Steps include selecting desktop colors, selecting traditional or modern panel layout, updating drivers and system components, configuring system settings, and software manager. The process even includes enabling the built-in firewall, which is something that many users overlook.

The Linux Mint 21 welcome screen walks you through all the setup steps after installation and is also a handy reminder of what needs to be updated periodically.


office difference

The design and usability features are one of the reasons I prefer the Cinnamon desktop. It has one of the most detailed and organized control panels of any Linux distribution.

The System Settings panel consolidates all configuration options in one place. But unlike other desktop setups with far fewer options, Linux Mint organizes all system controls into four general categories. A total of 40 icons hide related subcategories until you click on an icon to open it.

The only other desktop that has close to this number of configuration options is KDE Plasma. But this design is a series of separate settings panels that scatter user controls and options in too many menu places.

Although the configuration options available in the MATE and Xfce editions are less extensive, they still offer the flexibility to create the look and feel that suits your computing needs.

Linux Mint does a better job than other desktops with how it handles screen design and usability aspects. It has a wide range of quick access tools called desklets that live on the desktop screen. Its use of applets that reside on the bottom panel adds flexibility.

LM also offers a collection of extensions that provide even more usage options (similar to what’s available in the KDE Plasma desktop). This combination of features is a good reason to give this distro a try.

Linux Mint 21 Desktop Configuration Options

The desktop configuration options available in the MATE and Xfce editions are less extensive than those of Cinnamon. They always offer the flexibility to create the look and feel that suits your computing needs.


under the hood

Linux Mint 21 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 and provides full WIMP display like in windows, icons, menus, pointer. This is a Long Term Support (LTS) release supported until 2027.

Continuing LM’s whim of naming all versions with female names ending in the letter “a”, Vanessa is loaded with notable improvements in performance, compatibility, and stability. It comes with Linux kernel 5.15 LTS.

Other changes include a new NTFS file system driver that makes it easier to interact with Windows partitions, improvements to the default EXT4 file system, as well as better hardware support, security fixes, and bug fixes .

A key Bluetooth change to the LM Blueman circuitry replaces the Blueberry app, which depended on the GNOME desktop plumbing. Like Blueberry, Blueman is desktop independent and fits well into any environment. It builds on the standard BlueZ stack and works universally, including from the command line.

The Blueman manager and tray icon contain functionality that was not previously available in Blueberry. It manages more information to monitor connections or troubleshoot Bluetooth issues and brings better connectivity to headsets and audio profiles.

Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon Desktop

Linux Mint 21’s classic Cinnamon desktop design sports a favorites column, a list of application categories, and a changing sublist of installed titles.


Solutions to pain points

Welcome Vignettes to Vanessa. Its absence in previous versions was a usability issue. To address this, a new XApp (Linux Mint exclusive application) project called xapp-thumbnailers has been developed for Linux Mint 21.

Process Monitor is a pain point solution for me. It places a special icon in the system tray when automated tasks are running in the background. Such tasks can slow down system performance until they are completed. This new monitor is a silent alert that explains the slowdown of the computer.

Timeshift was an independent operating systems backup and recovery project. The creator has abandoned the application. LM took over the maintenance of Timeshift before the release of LM 21. Timeshift is now an XApp.

An immediate benefit is a change in how rsync mode works. It now calculates the space required for the next OS snapshot storage. It skips the procedure if running this snapshot results in less than 1 GB of free disk space.

Another remedy for the problems is the way LM 21 now manages the collection of parcels. It prevents the removal of the main menu (right click, uninstall) if an assessment detects that other programs would be impacted. This triggers an error message and stops the operation.

If no damage to key system components is detected, uninstalling an application from the main menu also removes dependencies for that application that were automatically installed and are no longer needed.

Linux Mint 21 Scale and Expo window views

Scale and Expo viewport views are triggered in Cinnamon by hot corners and applets on the bottom panel.


Conclusion

Hardware requirements for Linux Mint 21 have not changed. You need a fairly modern computer because LM is not as light on system resources as it used to be. That means a box with a 64-bit processor, at least 2GB of RAM, and 15GB of free space.

The Linux Mint website has a full installation guide if you need help installing Linux Mint 21. But that should be unlikely. The install engine is well polished. Most of my computers run multiple partitions, which usually forces manual interventions.

The installer of the LM 21 did not stumble. He just asked where to put the OS. The installer handled all partitioning and adjustments in the background.


Suggest a review

Is there a Linux software application or distribution that you would like to suggest for consideration? Something you like or would like to discover?

Email me your ideas and I’ll consider them for a future column.

And use the Reader Comments feature below to contribute!

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How to Add a Sidebar to Desktop in Windows 10 and 11 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-add-a-sidebar-to-desktop-in-windows-10-and-11/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 15:16:00 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-add-a-sidebar-to-desktop-in-windows-10-and-11/ Windows Vista and 7 have integrated sidebars for its gadgets along the right side of the desktop area. However, Microsoft has removed sidebars from Windows since then. Sure, the big M may have partially reinstated limited gadgets with a widget panel, but it’s not a sidebar. A sidebar can be a useful addition to the […]]]>

Windows Vista and 7 have integrated sidebars for its gadgets along the right side of the desktop area. However, Microsoft has removed sidebars from Windows since then. Sure, the big M may have partially reinstated limited gadgets with a widget panel, but it’s not a sidebar.


A sidebar can be a useful addition to the Windows desktop for many things, such as adding shortcuts. Would you like to restore a sidebar in newer Microsoft desktop platforms? If so, try adding one of these third-party software sidebars to Windows 11 or 10.


MetroSidebar is a free sidebar software that integrates metro-style live thumbnails for widgets. The publisher originally released MetroSidebar to add a matching metro-themed sidebar to Windows 8. It includes 11 default widgets that users can select to add and remove from the sidebar. Here’s how you can add the MetroSidebar to the desktop in Windows 11 and 10:

  1. Open the MetroSidebar page on Softpedia.
  2. Select Download now for MetroSidebar.
  3. Click on Secure download from Softpedia (US) to start downloading MetroSidebar.
  4. Open the Downloads in your web browser and double-click MetroSide_setup.msi to open it from there.
  5. Install the application and restart your PC.
  6. If MetroSidebar does not start automatically after restarting, choose to run it from your Start menu. Then you will see a new sidebar on the right side of your desktop.

  7. To add tiles to the sidebar, click the button at the bottom right of the sidebar. Select a thumbnail to add, then click the More button for that.

You will notice that the Tiles window has a Tile store tongue. However, this store is apparently no longer available since its tab displays a “Connection problem” message. So, you’ll have to make do with the 11 default tile widgets that come with the sidebar.

However, MetroSidebar’s default tile widgets should be enough to satisfy most users. The software includes weather, battery gauge, Bing search, clock, media player, images (for slideshows), and alarm tiles, among others. Each widget has customization options that you can configure by right-clicking it and selecting Mosaic Settings.

If you want to add software shortcuts to this sidebar, select to include its launch tile. This tile includes shortcuts to open Control Panel, Paint, Notepad, Calculator, Paint, Recycle Bin, and Computer. You can add other programs to it by clicking on the + New shortcuts button (left-click the thumbnail and drag left to scroll to this option). Then select the software to add to the widget and click Open.

To access the sidebar options in MetroSidebar, click the button at the bottom of the bar and select Settings. You can select whether the sidebar opens automatically by clicking Start with windows in the MetroSidebar settings. Select Always on top if you prefer to keep the sidebar always visible on open windows.

SideBar is software designed to create shortcuts to software, websites and files. You cannot add any type of gadget to this sidebar, but it is the best choice for setting up shortcuts. It allows you to create groups of shortcuts accessible on a desktop sidebar. You can add a shortcut sidebar to Windows with this software like this:

  1. Open the website for SideBar.
  2. Click it Sidebar version 2.0.7.4 link to download the software.
  3. Double-click Sidebar.exe in the Downloads to display the installer for this software.
  4. Click on Next twice and Install in the Sidebar Setup Wizard for Windows.
  5. Select Finish to exit the setup wizard and start the software.

Once the sidebar is running:

  1. Click the SideBar system tray icon to display the sidebar directly below.
  2. Select the Add a group option.

  3. Enter a title for a group in the text box, then select the Click to save option.
  4. Then you can add shortcuts by clicking + on the newly added group.

  5. Enter a title for the shortcut in the Last name box.
  6. Select the Click to browse option to choose the software or user file for the shortcut to open. If you want to set up a shortcut to a website, enter a URL in the Path box.

  7. press the Click to save button.
  8. Repeat the steps above to add as many shortcuts as you want to the sidebar.

You can change the position of the sidebar on the desktop from its system tray context menu. Right-click the sidebar system tray icon to select Dock location and Left Where Right. Add transparency to the sidebar by dragging the slider to Set opacity bar setting in the menu on the left. You can also keep the sidebar on software windows by selecting Always on top.

To customize the sidebar, tap its Click to change settings (cog) button at the top. Then you can change the color of the bar with the Underline, Text, Backgroundand Group background Color drop-down menus. You can also rearrange groups by dragging them in the Bulk order box.

Desktop Sidebar is old software, but you can still add a sidebar to Windows 11 or 10. This sidebar integrates panels that look a lot like widgets with different functions. Unlike MetroSidebar and SideBar, it includes different skin themes that you can choose for the sidebar. Here’s how to add a customizable sidebar to Windows with this software:

  1. Open the Softpedia page to download Desktop Sidebar.
  2. Click on Download now and select the US mirror option.
  3. View your web browser Downloads tab (press CTRL + J in Chrome). Click sidebarb116.exe to open the Desktop Sidebar Setup Wizard.
  4. Then go through the configuration wizard by clicking on Next three times to install Desktop Sidebar in the default path.
  5. Open the desktop sidebar to view the sidebar shown directly below.

  6. The sidebar includes many panels by default. However, you can add more by right-clicking the sidebar and selecting Add a panel.

  7. Select news, media, system, communication or panel type in the window; and click on the To add button.

You can customize sidebar panels by right-clicking their titles to reveal context menu options. Select Move up and To come down to reposition them. Click on Rename to change the title of a panel. To change specific widget options, select the Panel properties option.

Quick Launch is the panel where you can add software, file and folder shortcuts. To do this, double-click Quick Launch in the sidebar to expand. Then you can drag and drop desktop shortcuts and Explorer files and folders onto this panel for quick access.

To change the sidebar skin, select Choice in the context menu of the software and click on Appearance. Then you can choose a different theme on the Skin scrolling menu. The Appearance The tab also includes settings to reposition the sidebar, automatically hide it when not in use, and apply transparency. Hurry Apply to save the options you have changed.

If you need help using Desktop Sidebar, see the software manual. Right-click on the sidebar and select To help On the menu. The Insight and Panels the sections provide more details about the Desktop Sidebar options and panels.

All of these freely available third-party sidebars provide invaluable new places to paste shortcuts to open software in Windows 11 and 10. Instead of cluttering the desktop and taskbar with shortcuts, add them to your installed sidebar . Then you’ll have an altogether neater Windows desktop area.

Users who miss Vista’s gadget sidebar will also appreciate the additional widget tiles and panels included in MetroSidebar and Desktop Sidebar. They restore gadgets in Windows 10 and provide more widgets in Windows 11.

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Winamp 5.9 Final is out and it’s still whipping the llama’s ass https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/winamp-5-9-final-is-out-and-its-still-whipping-the-llamas-ass/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 17:00:49 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/winamp-5-9-final-is-out-and-its-still-whipping-the-llamas-ass/ Winamp 5.9 Final was released after four years of development and includes many improvements, including support for Windows 11, playback of HTTPS:// streams, and various bug fixes. Before online music streaming became mainstream, people ripped song tracks from CDs and played them on computer or portable MP3 media players. One of the most popular MP3 […]]]>

Winamp 5.9 Final was released after four years of development and includes many improvements, including support for Windows 11, playback of HTTPS:// streams, and various bug fixes.

Before online music streaming became mainstream, people ripped song tracks from CDs and played them on computer or portable MP3 media players.

One of the most popular MP3 players was Winamp, mainly due to the animated visualizations and skins that users could use on the media player. As a result, Winamp gained a massive following, with many users praising how it “really whipped the llama’s ass” (yes, that’s its catchphrase).

Winamp ceased development after version 5.666 was released in 2013. However, in October 2018, Winamp 5.8 was leaked online, with the developers announcing that they would continue to develop the media player.

Release of the final version of Winamp 5.9

Today Winamp 5.9 Final Build 9999 was released after four years of development since version 5.8 was leaked online.

“This is the culmination of 4 years of work since 5.8 Release. Two development teams and a pandemic-induced hiatus period in between,” reads the Winamp 5.9 Final release notes.

Winamp 5.9 final
Winamp 5.9 final
Source: BleepingComputer

The most significant change in Winamp 5.9 is the porting of the application from Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019. However, this change caused plugin issues in previous versions for users who did not have Visual installed. Studio 2019 Redistributable.

With this final release, the Winamp installer will check for required Visual Studio 2019 files and prompt users to install them if needed.

The Winamp changelog indicates that this release brings better Windows 11 support, HTTPS:// stream playback, a new podcast directory, and Hi-Res playback support.

Although this version fixes many bugs, the developers state that a number of known issues are intended to be fixed in version 5.9.1.

These known issues include bugs in the About dialog, Milkdrop, AVS editor, ml_wire podcasts, Bento skin, and more.

However, those who need the NSV VP3 decoder are out of luck, as the feature is now deprecated.

“We can’t find the old On2 VP3 source code anywhere, so we officially declare this format obsolete / EOL,” the developers explain in the release notes.

The Winamp developers are also planning new features for version 5.91, listed below:

Still to do (5.9.1 and beyond)
– Added native support for more formats (e.g. opus, ogv/ogm, TS, dash/iso6, H.265, HLS, VP9, ​​etc.)
– Replace old Gracenote features (CDDB, Autotag, etc.) e.g. MusicBrainz or MusicStory
– Maybe restore a working NowPlaying service?
– Add more default services to ml_online view (Lyrics, Jamendo, Hotmix, YT, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.)?
– More multithreading and progress dialogs for “Send To” features (e.g. sending a large ML view to a playlist)
– Setup for in_mod & out_wasapi
– Show file info dialog for in_mod
– Tons more 🙂

For those interested, the Winamp developers have posted a full list of changes from version 5.9 to the final release in this changelog.

The homepage still points to the wrong version of Winamp, but the final version can be downloaded here for now.

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The Linux distribution Nitrux 2.4 is promising https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/the-linux-distribution-nitrux-2-4-is-promising/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 16:18:45 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/the-linux-distribution-nitrux-2-4-is-promising/ Nitrux with a default panel added. Image: Jack Wallen UPDATE, September 7: It was brought to my attention by the developers of Nitrux that they were concerned about my experience with their distribution. With that in mind, I thought I’d give it another try. Instead of using the same ISO I had for the original […]]]>

Nitrux with a default panel added.

Image: Jack Wallen

UPDATE, September 7: It was brought to my attention by the developers of Nitrux that they were concerned about my experience with their distribution. With that in mind, I thought I’d give it another try. Instead of using the same ISO I had for the original post, I downloaded a newer version (my network can be a bit choppy at times) and created a new VM with the same settings than previously. This time around, the experience has been much improved, although still not perfect.

Once the new instance was installed, I rebooted and logged in. To my surprise, almost all the elements of the office were present. I had a dock (Latte dock) and a top panel. With these elements in place, the office was almost perfect. However, the only thing that seemed missing (which was also missing in the original install) were the window title bars (seemed being the key word).

The default Nitrux desktop showing Fire starts here.

This time around, Nitrux had everything but window titlebars.

Image: Jack Wallen

As you can see, neither Firefox nor the terminal window have title bars in this image. It’s actually by design. Instead of window controls themselves being in the window, they are now by default in the top bar. As you can see above, when you’re focusing on an app, the window controls are in the top bar, where you can exit, maximize and minimize each window. It will be confusing at first, but once you get used to it, the layout will start to make sense.

Now that I have experienced Nitrux as it should be, I want to say that the problems I originally encountered were obviously a one-time situation, and I can happily recommend Nitrux to just about any type of user (whether familiar or not with Linux). The only caveat is to get used to the top bar window controls – which shouldn’t stop anyone from trying out this fantastic distro. The original review follows below.


Nitrux is one of many desktop Linux distributions based on KDE Plasma which, once upon a time, was a great operating system for new Linux users. Not only did it benefit from Debian’s reliability and ease of use, but the KDE Plasma desktop will also be immediately familiar to any type of computer user. However, with the latest release, 2.4, (which includes kernel 5.19, ensuring it will work with most modern hardware and perform like an absolute champ), the distribution is a bit rough for everyday users.

Let me explain.

What is Nitrux?

You can download Nitrux from its website, which states: “Nitrux is a Debian-based Linux desktop distribution. It uses the Calamares installer and includes NX Desktop built on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment and MauiKit applications. Nitrux also does not use systemd as its init system; instead it uses OpenRC.”

What does all this mean? First of all, Nitrux uses Debian as its base. If you don’t know, Debian is often called the “Mother of all Linux distros” because it’s what Ubuntu is based on and a lot of distros are based on Ubuntu.

Debian is one of the most solid operating systems on the market, so the choice to use Debian as a base makes perfect sense.

Calamares is the OS installer and makes OS installation incredibly simple.

The NX desktop is the default Nitrux desktop, which is based on KDE Plasma Five with the addition of MauiKit apps, which are apps that can run on Linux desktop and mobile operating systems.

Nitrux ignores the systemd common system initializer and opts for OpenRC. It won’t really matter to the average user, as long as all apps and services start as expected.

And finally, Nitrux installs apps as AppImages by default, instead of standard apps. This could be a real boon, as it would eliminate many app dependencies that come with many app installs.

Also: The 5 Best Linux Distros for Beginners: You Can Do It

What makes Nitrux so special?

I realize the average user won’t mind this, but Nitrux ships with the XanMod general-purpose Linux kernel which includes a few custom settings and unique features to provide a stable and responsive desktop experience.

Key features of this core include caching, multi-core block layer full run queuing, TCP BBRv2 congestion control, ORC unwinder for stack traces, data type scheduler responsive multitasking and third-party patch bundles.

This kernel forms a reliable and high-performance basis for the operating system.

Next, Nitrux comes with KDE Plasma 5.25.4, KDE Gear 22.08, and KDE Frameworks 5.97, which is the latest version of the desktop environment.

Plus, you’ll find the new Maui Apps (Multi-purpose App UI) that cover things like calendar management, file management, media viewing, note taking, and development.

Speaking of applications, one thing to mention is that the developers removed LibreOffice from the default installation. This isn’t much of a problem, as you can install the office suite from Software Center with a single click.

New users are probably thinking, “So why should I use Nitrux?” How about a beautiful, stable, user-friendly and fun desk? That’s what you get with Nitrux. What the developers have done with the KDE Desktop (here named NX Desktop) is quite an achievement. The NX desktop is as beautiful as it is functional, with a sort of KDE meets GNOME meets MacOS.

Also: Cool Things You Can Do With a Linux Desktop

This cursed warning

There is, however, a caveat to all of this. After the installation is complete and you log into Nitrux for the first time, you may be presented (like I was) with an empty desktop. All you will see is wallpaper and nothing else. If this is your case, to make the desktop usable, you must first add the default panel. To do this, right-click anywhere on the desktop and click Add Panel > Default Panel.

The right-click desktop menu for Nitrux.

Added a default panel to the Nitrux desktop.

Image: Jack Wallen

Once you have added the default panel, you can interact with Nitrux. Click on the main menu button to reveal the menu hierarchy, where you can open any of the installed apps.

Don’t let this caveat stop you from trying Nitrux. Once you add your first panel, you’ll find that everything starts to flow much more smoothly.

I recommend though that as soon as you get your first panel created, you open a terminal window and update Nitrux with the command:

Once the update is complete, reboot and your Nitrux experience should be greatly improved. Should being the operative term.

With that caveat in mind, is Nitrux really the best distro for new users? In my honest opinion, it would be a shame to skip this Linux distro just because you need to take a few extra steps to make the desktop usable.

However, I will say that my experience with the latest version of Nitrux was far from perfect. Besides having to create the basic interface options on first login, there are a few things that keep Nitrux 2.4 from earning a spot on my “must use” list.

For example, most windows that opened didn’t include title bars, so closing them was a bit difficult. As long as the application in question appears as an icon in the default panel, you can right-click on it to close it. This alone will frustrate many end users.

On top of that, the default panel included icons with no images and even icons that didn’t launch anything.

Also: Want to save your aging computer? Try These 5 Linux Distros

I have a hunch that this whole issue with the default desktop might be related to my installing Nitrux as a VM in VirtualBox. To make matters worse, I couldn’t set up a different desktop to test my theories.

So, in the end, I view Nitrux in its current state as more of a curiosity than anything else. If the issues I encountered were strictly from running Nitrux as a virtual machine, none of these caveats would apply. However, it is rare for an operating system to not display exactly as expected when running as a virtual machine. So these issues could just be growth issues with the new version.

Download and install Nitrux yourself and see if this Linux distro meets your needs.

Jack Wallen: Here’s how…

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How to Customize Your Icons in Windows 11 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-customize-your-icons-in-windows-11/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 17:00:34 +0000 https://garagebandforwindowspc.org/how-to-customize-your-icons-in-windows-11/ One of the best things about Windows is the freedom it gives you to customize your user experience. There are dozens of programs available to modify the user interface. Here are some ways to customize your icons with Windows default options and some third-party tools. Where can you find icons? There are tons of icons […]]]>

One of the best things about Windows is the freedom it gives you to customize your user experience. There are dozens of programs available to modify the user interface. Here are some ways to customize your icons with Windows default options and some third-party tools.

Where can you find icons?

There are tons of icons available for free on the internet. Just be careful – many sites prey on people looking for things like icon packs and will install malware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) given the chance.

Warning: There is never a reason for an icon or an icon package to install software on your computer just to download icons. If you download an icon and find yourself looking at an EXE or MSI file – or any other installer or executable file – stop what you’re doing and delete it.

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Individual icons will usually be an ICO file if they were designed for use with Windows. That said, it’s not uncommon to download an icon in another image format, like PNG, SVG, or ICNS if it was designed to work with multiple operating systems. PNGs and SVGs are particularly versatile because they can be easily converted into an icon for any operating system.

You should expect icon packages to come in some sort of archive file, like a ZIP, RAR, or 7Z file. The archive file should contain typical icon formats. Like before, if you see an executable or something, stay away.

There are a handful of big sites that have icons you can download:

If you’re looking for more specific icons, like those specific to a particular fandom or style, try a social media group on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit dedicated to that topic. You may find that an intrepid artist has already created what you are already looking for.

If you can’t find an icon (or icons) you like, don’t worry: you can create your own!

You can create your own icons

You can always create your own custom icons if you don’t want to download an icon or icon pack from the internet. There’s really no limit to what you can do here except your imagination – free tools like GIMP and Inkscape are quite up to the task.

You can even create an icon from an image if you want – all you need is GIMP and some free time.

RELATED: How to create an icon for Windows 10 or 11 from any image

How to Change Your Desktop Icons on Windows 11

The main desktop icons – like “This PC”, “Trash”, “Network” and a few others – are the easiest icons to change. Windows 11 has built-in options to do just that.

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Right-click on empty space on your desktop and click “Personalization”.

Scroll down a bit and select “Themes”.

Scroll down again and click on “Desktop icon settings”.

Select the icon you want to change, then click “Change icon”. This example will replace the “This PC” icon.

When you click “Change Icon,” you’ll see a whole bunch of other Windows icons that you probably recognize. You are viewing the contents of Imageres.dll, which contains several hundred default Windows icons. You can choose from these if you wish, or you can load other icons by clicking “Browse”.

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Navigate to where you saved your icon, click it, then click “OK.”

Once you click OK, there is a preview that will show you what the icon will look like. If you like the change, click “Apply”. Otherwise, click “Restore Defaults”.

That’s it – the icon should change immediately. If not, right-click on an empty space on your desktop and press “Refresh” or restart your computer. You can return to the Desktop Icon Settings window at any time and click “Restore Default” to undo any of your customizations.

How to Change the Icon of an Individual Folder or Shortcut

Maybe you don’t want to change one of the main desktop icons. Maybe you want to change the shortcut for a specific program, the icon for a shortcut you created, or the icon for a folder you have. You’re in luck – it’s even easier to change these types of icons than desktop icons.

To note: There is a small difference between shortcuts and folders. You will use the “Shortcut” tab for shortcuts of all kinds and the “Customize” tab for folders.

Find the folder or shortcut you want, right-click it, and then click “Properties” in the right-click context menu.

How to change a folder icon

If you’re changing a folder’s icon, select the “Customize” tab at the top, then click “Change Icon.”

How to change a shortcut icon

If you’re changing a shortcut’s icon, you need to click the “Shortcut” tab instead, then click “Change Icon”. All other steps will be the same.

How to select and apply an icon to a folder or shortcut

The pop-up window will open in any folder, DLL or EXE that contains the current icon. If you are changing a default Windows icon, it will probably be shell32.dll or imageres.dll. If you change the icon for a specific program, it will almost always be the program’s executable.

RELATED: What are DLL files and why am I missing one on my PC?

Click “Browse”, navigate to the desired icon, select the desired icon, then click “OK”.

To note: In this case, we simply used the green-blue folder icon found in imageres.dll. There’s no reason your replacement should be one of these icons.

Once you click “OK”, the Properties folder will show the new icon you selected. Click on “Apply” to validate the modification, then close the Properties window.

To note: If you customize a shortcut, it will look a little different, but don’t worry. The approach is the same. Just click “Apply”.

Warning: You cannot move an ICO file to a different location if it was used to change a folder’s icon without breaking the new icon. It will automatically revert to the old one if you do. Be sure to put your icon somewhere where it can stay indefinitely. A hidden folder in your main C: directory might be a good place.

The change should take effect immediately. If not, right-click on the empty space on your desktop and click “Refresh”. You can also simply restart your PC.

How to change icon by file type

We’ve covered how to change the main desktop icons and how to change the icon for a particular application, shortcut, or folder. What if you want to change the icon used to represent all files of a certain type?

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There really isn’t a practical way to do this built into Windows 11, but it’s easily doable with Nirsoft’s FileTypesMan tool. Just be sure to grab the 64-bit version of the program, as all Windows 11 installations are 64-bit. The download will have a special name or label, such as “x64” or “64-bit”.

Warning: You should always be wary of downloading strange programs from the Internet. However, in this case, you don’t have to worry. Nirsoft has been around almost as long as Windows, and their programs are reliable.

Unzip FileTypesMan from its ZIP file wherever you want. It doesn’t install, and it doesn’t care where you run it from either. Just double-click “filetypesman.exe”.

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You will see a list of all the file types that your PC “knows” as soon as you launch FileTypesMan.

All file extensions are listed in FileTypesMan.

Scroll through the list until you find the file type you want. Right-click on the file extension, then click “Change selected file type”. For this example, we’ll replace the default REG file icon with a quick green recolor we did in GIMP.

Warning: Be sure to note where the original icon is stored. There is no easy “Reset to Default” button that will automatically solve it for you. If you change it and decide you don’t like it, you’ll have to replace it yourself with the original icon.

Find the row labeled “Default Icon” and click the three-dot button on the far right of the window.

Click “Browse” in the corner of the pop-up window, navigate to your new icon, click it, then click “OK”.

Finally, click “OK” at the bottom of the “Change File Type” window, and you’re done – all icons for that file type will have changed.

Green REG files instead of the usual blue ones.

If you move or delete the new icon, each instance of that icon will be replaced with a generic white rectangle instead of the new one you chose or the original icon. If you plan to install custom icons, be sure to put them somewhere where you won’t accidentally delete them. A hidden folder in the main C: directory might be a good place.

RELATED: Create a super hidden folder in Windows without any additional software

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