How To Extract Wallpapers From A Theme File On Windows 10

Themes used to work differently on Windows 7. On Windows 10, they’re basically just a wallpaper, or a set of wallpapers, an accent color, a sound profile, and a cursor. One thing that is still common is that a Windows theme is packaged as a file with a .themepack or .desktopthemepack extension. If you have a Windows theme file that you don’t like, but there are a few wallpapers in it that look good, you can easily extract wallpapers from a theme file.

This works for theme file packs with both the .themepack and .desktopthemepack files.

Extract Wallpapers From A Theme

To extract wallpapers from a theme file, you need to change the file extension to zip. When you change the format of the file, you get an on-screen prompt telling you the file may not work. Accept the prompt to change the extension. This will not damage the file, or your system in any way.

Once you’ve changed the file extension to zip, you can extract it like any other zipped file. Extract it and open the folder that you extracted it to. It may have one, or more folders but if the theme includes wallpapers, there will be a DesktopBackground folder inside it. Open it and all the wallpapers featured in the theme pack will be there. You can copy them anywhere you like.

Once you’ve got the wallpapers you wanted, you can change the file extension back to whatever it originally was and use the theme pack the same way you did before.

The only thing you need to be careful about is that if the file extension was originally desktopthemepack, then that’s what you need to change it to. Changing it to themepack when that wasn’t the original extension may prevent the theme from working. If you’re on Windows 7, both .desktopthemepack and .themepack might work but with Windows 10, it’s best to use .themepack.

If you’re interested in creating and sharing your own theme on Windows 10, it’s pretty easy. The Settings app has a dedicated Themes section under the Personalization group of settings that lets you export the current theme as a .themepack file. The .themepack file can be exported to any system, and of course you can double-click it to apply it to your desktop. If you’re using a Microsoft account with your desktop, and you’ve enabled setting sync, then applying a theme on one system ought to sync it to other desktops where you’re using the same Microsoft account to sign in.

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How To Enable And Disable Netflix Smart Downloads

You can download select movies and TV shows on Netflix. This is a feature that was added a while back to both the smartphone apps, and the lone Windows 10 desktop app for Netflix. Not everything can be downloaded of course but that doesn’t mean the feature isn’t useful. It’s meant for users who want to Netflix on the go but don’t want to use their limited data plan to do it, or for when there is no WiFi. This feature has now been complimented with Netflix smart downloads.

Netflix smart downloads basically manages how much space the Netflix app, and its downloaded content, takes on your device. Once you’ve watched a downloaded episode of something, it will automatically delete it from your device. It will also download the next episode so that you still have something to watch.

This feature is only available on Android at the moment.

Netflix Smart Downloads

Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Netflix app. Open the app and tap the More tab at the bottom right.  On the More tab, tap App Settings. On the App Settings screen, you will see a ‘Smart Downloads’ switch. Turn it on if you want to enable Netflix smart downloads, and turn it off if you want to disable them.

The benefit of the feature is that you will never have watched content taking up space on your device and you won’t have to download the next episode of a series yourself. If it’s available for offline download, the app will download it for you.

The downside is the content will be deleted once it’s been watched. If you ever want to rewatch something on the go, it won’t be there. This is a fairly small trade-off but it’s a downside nonetheless and probably the reason why there’s an option to disable the feature.

We should mention that if you use a VPN for Netflix to access geographically restricted, and download it as well, your VPN must be running for Netflix smart downloads to download the next episode of a series that is restricted by country. Other than that, there’s nothing stopping the feature from working as it should. So long as Netflix can access the content, it will be able to download it.

The videos will be downloaded over WiFi only, and in the quality that you’ve selected under the app’s settings. If you’re on a plan that only gives you SD quality, you will not be able to download content in HD.

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How To Sync Chrome History With Timeline On Windows 10

Windows Timeline is a fairly new feature. It’s available on the stable version of Windows 10 however, it’s still missing a few essential features such as the ability to exclude certain apps or files from showing up in Timeline. The feature works otherwise but apps need to add support for it, and few have. Chrome doesn’t support it but there’s an extension you can use to sync Chrome history with Timeline on Windows 10

The extension is still being developed which means it will have bugs. It’s a little rough around the edges and it isn’t available in the Chrome web store yet but it works. Installing it is a little different but not too complicated.

Sync Chrome History With Timeline

The only complicated part is installing the extension. First, visit the Github page and download the extension files in zipped format. Extract them on your PC.

Next, open Chrome and go to the Extension’s page. Turn on Developer Mode. Next, click the Load Unpacked option. Select the extracted extension folder, and it will be installed.

Once installed, the extension will add a W button next to the URL bar. Click it, and sign in with your Microsoft account. It has to be the same one that you use on your desktop. We should warn you that since this extension is in its very early stages of development, there is no privacy policy for it available and it will have access to your information. If you have concerns about this, know that the app is open source. If you’re still not comfortable with it then it is best to wait out using it until it makes it to the Chrome web store.

If you’re good to go with it, allow it to sign in and start using Chrome. The history sync works if you have a tab open for at least 30 seconds. Your browsing history will start showing up in Timeline and other PCs that you have Timeline enabled on.

If your history doesn’t start showing up, it might be a good idea to restart your system. The extension is bound to be buggy so if it doesn’t work right away, you can keep an eye on the extension and wait until it’s more stable.

If it does work, you will still have to sign in when your session expires. This is something that the developer is working on and the UI will be improved.

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How To Find The Date Of A Specific Day Of The Month In Excel

If you use Excel to maintain schedules and/or time sheets, you might have needed to find the date of a specific day of the month. For example, what date does the second Monday of the month fall on? If you ever need to look up this same information but don’t want to use a calendar to do it, there’s a simple formula that you can use instead.

Variables

We’re dealing with the days in a week, and the months in a year so while there are variables in this formula, their scope is limited. That said, we’re going to give you the formula and explain which variable is which.

Year: The year of the month you want to look up the date for.

Month: The month you want to look up the date for.

Day of week: The day of the week you want to look up the date for.

Occurrence: The occurrence of the day i.e., first Monday, or second Friday, or third Wednesday.

These variables aren’t going to be used by name. All you can do is use cell addresses however, the formula will be much easier to customize for your own needs when it’s properly formatted. The above variables will act as column headers so that it’s easier for you to understand what is going on and edit the formula.

Formula

The generic formula is as follows however you will need to edit it with the example given so that it can return a date. Paste the following in an empty cell and use the example to edit it accordingly.

=DATE(A8,B8,1+7*D8)-WEEKDAY(DATE(A8,B8,8-C8))

Example

Months are numbered 1-12 starting with January. Days of the week are numbered 1-7 starting with Sunday which means Sunday is equal to 1, Monday is equal to 2, Tuesday is equal to 3, and so on.

In the above formula, the values that need to be edited to your needs are;

A8, B8, D8, and C8.

A8 = Year, B8 = Month, C8 = Day of week, and D8 = Occurrence

The editing is the only tricky part but once you’ve figured that out, it’s going to be easy to use this formula. It comes from Superuser user ale.

If you’re nervous about whether or not you’ve edited the values correctly, try a few out and use a calendar to check if you’re getting the correct results. The only confusing bit is between the day of the week and its occurrence. Remember that the value for the day of the week can be as high as 7 whereas its occurrence cannot go above 5.

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How To Connect To A WiFi Network Using WPS On Android

Connecting to a WiFi network usually involves selecting the network from a list of available networks, and entering the password for it. This is how it works on phones, tablets, and desktops. There are devices that do not fall under these categories but need to connect to a WiFi network nonetheless. For those devices, there’s something called WPS i.e. WiFi Protected Setup. WPS is mainly for devices that cannot enter a password but you can also use WPS on Android to connect to a WiFi network.

WPS On Android

At the time of writing, the current version of Android is Android 7 which has support for WPS. There are rumors that it may be removed in the next version of Android i.e., Android 8.

Open the Settings app and tap Network and Internet. On the Network and Internet screen, tap WiFi. On the WiFi screen, you will see a Wi-Fi preferences option. Tap it. The Wi-Fi preferences screen has two WPS options; WPS Push button, and WPS Pin entry.

If your router has a WPS button, you will need to tap the WPS Push button option. Tap the WPS button on your router, and then tap this option on your Android phone to connect to the network.

If you router doesn’t have a WPS button, and the feature is enabled via a PIN, you need to tap the WPS Pin Entry option.

Normally, you have to tap the WPS button on your router first however, once you tap the WPS option on your Android phone, it gives you a small window of time to tap the button on your router in order to establish the connection.

When you tap the WPS Pin Entry option, Android will give you an eight digit PIN. This PIN needs to be added to your router’s control/admin panel. This means you will need access to a device, preferably a desktop, that’s already connected to the WiFi network so that you can enter the PIN. Like the WPS button option, you have a small amount of time in which you must enter the PIN in your router’s admin panel.

It goes without saying that if you have to use a PIN to connect to a WiFi network, then it’s better to just use the network SSID and password method to connect. The WPS button is faster and more convenient but the PIN method definitely isn’t.

We should mention that WPS isn’t considered safe so if you don’t use it to connect devices, it is best to disable it on your router.

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