How to export a system font on Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a fairly decent number of fonts out of the box. You get fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri, and more without installing anything. Of course, you can freely install any other font of your choice. That said, if you like a stock or system font on Windows 10, and you’d like to use it on a different, non-Windows system, you can get it from your current installation of Windows 10. It can be used in any OS that supports TTF font types, and it can also be used to fix corrupted fonts on a different Windows 10 PC. Here’s what you need to do.

Need to uninstall a font on Windows 10? It’s easy.

Export system font

Exporting a system font on Windows 10 takes little more than copying a file. All you need to know is where the file is, and what it’s called. You need to first start with the font name. If you don’t know what the font is called, but you can identify it in a document, open the WordPad app on Windows 10. Use the font selection tool to select the font and the tool will tell you what it’s called. This is the easiest way to find the name of a system font on Windows 10.

Next, open File Explorer and go to the following location.

C:\Windows\Fonts

Look through the font files here and find the one you want to export/copy. Right-click it, and select Copy from the context menu. Paste the file anywhere else on a local disk, or an external drive. That’s all you need to do. You can now email the file to yourself, or you can use removable storage media, or a cloud drive to move the file to the system you want to use it on.

As for importing the font, if you’re looking to install it on a Windows 10 system, or any other Windows version, you will have to open the Fonts folder on it. It is located in the exact same place as the folder you copied the font from.

For non-Windows 10 systems, installing the font will be different. It is up to you to figure out how fonts are installed and remember you may not be able to install all types of fonts on a system.  You might be able to convert a font from one type to another but the converted file may not be usable. It really depends on the tool you use and the type of font you’re converting it to, and from.

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How to get a Dark Mode in Minecraft on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a dark mode but not all UWP apps have added support for it. The stock UWP apps have a dark mode but many third-party UWP apps, and all desktop apps still do not have one. For some apps, it doesn’t make sense to have a dark mode e.g., Minecraft. It’s a game, a very colorful game and turning everything in it dark is going to take away from the experience. That said, there are still parts of the UI that can do with a dark mode e.g. the inventory view, the Settings view, and the world selection screen. Here’s how you can get a dark mode in Minecraft.

Dark mode in Minecraft

In order to get a dark mode in Minecraft, we’re going to use a texture pack. The one we’re using is for the Bedrock/UWP version and a pack for the Java version is in the works. If you own the Java version of Minecraft, you might want to keep an eye on this pack. The pack was last updated at the end of December 2019.

Download Dark Mode for Minecraft. It will download as an MCPACK file.

To install this texture pack, open File Explorer and go to the following location. Replace ‘YourUserName’ with your actual user name.

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\resource_packs

Copy the MCPACK file to this location. If you have Minecraft open, close it and open it again. On the main screen, click Settings. Scroll down to the Global Resources section in the column on the left and click it. Under My Packs, you will see the Dark Mode pack. Click it, and click the Activate button. Navigate back to the main screen and the pack will be applied.

Once applied, it will change the main screen, all the settings panels within Minecraft, and the inventory and crafting views within games. It will not change the look of other blocks e.g., the grass is going to be as green as it has always been, and the sky will be a bright blue. If you’d like to change the look of these blocks to something darker, you’re going to have to look for a texture pack that does the job.

There are lots and lots, and lots of resource packs, textures, and shaders available that can give you darker colored blocks but how dark you might want them to be is subjective which is why no one texture pack can handle it and still give you game that’s easy to play for everyone.

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How to play Albion Online in Linux

Albion Online is a fantasy MMORPG for Linux, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It follows a medieval setting, and users can create a custom character to adventure in the world. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play it on Linux.

Method 1 – Steam

Perhaps the quickest way to get Albion Online working on Linux is with Valve’s Steam client. The reason? The game is up on the Steam Store, and native to the Linux platform, so users do not need to jump through hoops (like downloading a game installer) to play.

To get Albion Online working in Steam on Linux, you must first install the Steam client. To do this, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.

Ubuntu

Steam is in the Ubuntu software repositories. To install the app, use the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam
Debian

Debian Linux does have Steam available, however, to get it through the software repository, you must enable non-free. As a result, it is much easier to download the DEB package directly from Valve and install it that way.

To download the Steam DEB, use the following wget command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

With the DEB package is finished downloading, install Steam with the commands below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

sudo apt-get install -f
Arch Linux

Steam is in the Arch repositories, which means installing it is just one Pacman command away.

sudo pacman -S steam
Fedora

In Fedora, you’ll be able to install Steam with the command below, so long as RPM Fusion Non-free is enabled.

sudo dnf install steam
OpenSUSE

It is possible to get Steam working in OpenSUSE, though it is dodgy, depending on what release you are using. For best results, consider following the Flatpak instructions instead.

Flatpak

Ensure that the Flatpak runtime is set up on your PC. Then, use the following commands to get Steam working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Getting Albion set up

After the Steam client is done installing on your Linux PC, log into your account (or make a new one here). Then, once logged in, locate “Store,” and click on it with the mouse.

Inside the Steam Store, find the search box and click on it with the mouse. Write “Albion Online” in the search box, and press Enter to search. Look through the search results to find Albion.

Once you’ve found Albion Online in the search results, click on it with the mouse to go to its store page. Then, click on the “Play Game” to install it to the system.

When Albion Online is installed, click on “Library” to start the Albion Online Launcher. It will instantly begin to download all the files required to play the game.

As soon as Albion Online is done downloading files, click “Play” in the launcher to enjoy the game on your Linux PC!

Method 2 – Flatpak

Steam is a great way to enjoy Albion Online, as it allows you to play it along with other video games in your Steam Library. However, Steam is not the only way to get Albion Online working. It is also possible to install it via a Flatpak. Here’s how to get the Flatpak version working.

To get the Albion Online Flatpak installed, your Linux PC must be running the latest Flatpak runtime. Follow this guide here to get the latest Flatpak working. After the Flatpak runtime is ready and working, use the commands below to install Albion Online.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.albiononline.AlbionOnline

With the Albion Online Flatpak installed, open up the app menu on your Linux desktop, look for “Albion Online,” and click on it to start up the Albion Online game launcher.

When the Albion Online launcher starts up, it will begin downloading everything required to play the game on Linux. Be patient. When the download is complete, click the “Play” button to enjoy the game!

Method 3 – Generic Linux installer

If you’re not happy with Steam or the Albion Online Flatpak, there’s a third way of installing the game on Linux: a standalone generic Linux installer. Here’s how to set it up.

To start, download the latest Albion Online Linux launcher. Then, when the download is complete, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T and use the CD command to enter the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Update the permissions of the game launcher with the chmod command.

chmod +x  albion-online-setup

Start the installer with:

./albion-online-setup

Follow the on-screen prompts to install the launcher to the system. Then, start up the Albion Online game launcher by searching for it in your Linux app menu.

With the game launcher running, it will start downloading the game to your Linux PC. Sit back and be patient. When the download is complete, click “Play” to enjoy Albion Online!

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How to convert MP3 music files to open-source formats on Linux

The Mp3 codec is the most famous music file format of all time. However, it is closed-source and proprietary. As a result, some Linux distributions do not support this format. If you’re using a Linux distribution that does not support MP3, here’s how to convert your music to open-source formats.

Installing Sound Converter

It is possible to use the built-in audio tools on Linux to convert audio files to open-source formats; however, these tools are confusing to use, especially for beginners to Linux. So, instead, we’ll be using the Sound Converter tool, an easy to use GUI app that can convert audio files into any format, including open-source ones like Opus and Ogg.

To get started using Sound Converter, you must install it. To install it, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, follow the command-line installation instructions below that correspond with the Linux distribution you use.

Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, you’ll be able to quickly install the Sound Converter application from the “Universe” software repository using the following Apt command.

sudo apt install soundconverter

Debian

The Sound Converter application is available to all Debian releases (10, 9, 8, and Sid) via the “Main” software repository. If you’re using Debian and you’d like to install it, use the Apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install soundconverter

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, Sound Converter is available to all users via the “Community” software repository. To enable the “Community” software repo, start by opening up your Pacman.conf file in the Nano text editor.

sudo nano -w /etc/pacman.conf

Inside of Nano, use the Down Arrow key to move toward the bottom of the file till you see “Community.” Then, remove the # symbol from in front of “Community” along with any lines directly below it. When you’ve finished editing the file, press Ctrl + O to save, and Ctrl + X to exit Nano.

After you’ve finished editing the Pacman.conf file, use the Pacman command below to re-sync Pacman, and set up “Community.”

sudo pacman -Syy

Finally, install the Sound Converter application on your Arch Linux PC with:

sudo pacman -S soundconverter

Fedora

Every version of Fedora Linux (31, 30, 29, and Rawhide) have Sound Converter available. To install the software on your system, use the following Dnf command.

sudo dnf install soundconverter

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE Linux, the Sound Converter app is available for installation on all releases (15.1, 15.0, and Tumbleweed) via the “Oss all” software repository. To start the installation, use the Zypper command below.

sudo zypper install soundconverter

Converting MP3 files to Ogg Vorbis

Out of the two dominant open-source audio formats available on Linux (OGG and OPUS), Ogg is the most used. As a result, you might have the best chances of support on Linux by converting MP3 files to Ogg. To start the conversion, launch the Sound Converter application on your Linux PC and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Click the settings icon at the top right to access the app’s settings.

Step 2: Find the “Where to place results?” section of Sound Converter at the top of the app. Click “Into folder,” followed by “Choose.”

Step 3: Locate a folder on your Linux PC where you’d like to save the converted files, and click “Open.”

Step 4: Find “Type of result?” and change it to “Ogg Vorbis (.ogg).”

Step 5: Click “Add file” to add individual MP3 files to the app. Alternatively, click the “Add folder” button to add files in batch.

Step 6: Click the “Convert” button to begin the conversion process.

When done, open up the conversion folder to access the converted files.

Converting MP3 files to Opus

If the Ogg Vorbis format isn’t to your liking, the second-best audio format to use is Opus. To start the conversion of MP3 to Opus, open up Sound Converter on the Linux desktop. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Click on the settings icon in Sound Converter to access the settings.

Step 2: Locate “Where to place results?” Click the box next to “Into Folder.”

Step 3: Select “Choose” and set the folder you’d like to send the converted files to. For best results, try creating a new folder called “converted-songs” in the home directory (~).

Step 4: Locate the “Type of result?” section of the settings, and change the menu so that Sound Converter uses Opus as the conversion format.

Step 5: Close the settings window. Then, locate the “Add file” button, and select it to add individual MP3 files to Sound Converter. Or, select the “Add Folder” button to add in a batch of MP3 files to convert to the Opus format.

Step 6: Click on the “Convert” button to start the conversion process.

When the conversion process is complete, all of your MP3 files will be converted to Opus and in the folder set up earlier in the step-by-step process.

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Best 6 Free Alternatives To Microsoft Office

To this day, the Microsoft Office suite is pretty much the default productivity suite in most professional contexts. Microsoft no longer sells it as a standalone boxed copy however. Instead, you pay a monthly subscription fee to get access to the latest version of Microsoft Office. 

It’s actually a pretty incredible deal, including licenses for multiple installations and users (using the family plan), oodles of included OneDrive storage and a complete unlock of the mobile Office apps on Android and iOS. 

However, what if you don’t want to spend a single cent? What are the best free alternatives to Microsoft Office?

iWork (macOS & iOS)

For Apple users running macOS or iOS, the best free alternative to Microsoft Office is without a doubt the iWork suite. Since 2017, Apple has made its alternative competitor to Microsoft Office completely free for all Apple users on macOS and iOS. 

The three main parts of the iWork suite are Pages, Keynote and Numbers. If you can’t immediately figure it out, these are the Word, Powerpoint and Excel alternatives on offer. What’s missing here is an Apple version of MS Access, but the vast majority of users have no real use for a database application.

Apple and Microsoft have two very different approaches to creating their productivity software. Microsoft offers a powerful, feature-rich solution, it’s true. However, the user experience is still pretty rough after all these years and there’s a steep learning curve if you really want to get at the good stuff.

iWork, on the other hand, is beautiful to a fault and easy to use. If you want to, for example, create a professional-looking word processor document, iWork makes it a breeze.

Who Should Use iWork?

Obviously, since this is only available to Apple users, it makes sense to give iWork a fair shake before ponying up any cash for Office. After all, it’s already available on your hardware for free. So if it covers all your needs, why spend anything? 

It’s also a great suite for those who value refined user interfaces and beautiful design. There’s a reason Apple’s software has been popular among creatives in the publishing industry for decades.

Google Suite (Browser-Based)

The Google Suite is a free suite of cloud-based productivity apps from, well, Google. Every person who has a Gmail account automatically gets access to Docs, Sheets and Slides along with a number of other neat applications. 

Documents themselves are stored in your Google Drive. 15GB of storage is included for free as well. Google Docs is the word processor, Sheets provides spreadsheets and Slides is of course the presentation app.

The beauty of the Google suite is that it will work on any browser that supports modern web standards. There are also proper mobile apps for both Android and iOS and an offline mode for desktop users.

Google’s apps are, compared to Office, incredibly limited. These are very lightweight pieces of software. However, we’ve been using Google suite apps almost since they were first released and the offering has grown by leaps and bounds. In many ways, an app like Docs is better for its streamlined approach. 

Who Should Use The Google Suite?

Formatting options are pretty limited, but if you’re doing the sort of writing that will be formatted elsewhere (by a web designer or publisher) then it’s a fantastic choice. 

People who write for a living are certainly in that category. Google Drive offers a flexible and secure way to do your writing anywhere on almost any device. It also has some pretty amazing live collaboration tools, which even the Office Live service has yet to match. 

If you, like most people, need to produce documents along with a group of people, Google Docs provides massive efficiency gains over the traditional “round-robin” style of passing a document around for comment and additional writing.

LibreOffice (macOS, Windows & Linux)

LibreOffice is the first open-source alternative to Microsoft Office on this list, which means that the source code is open for anyone to modify. If you’re a coder,this means you can make your own custom productivity suite. 

However, for most people this means that they don’t have to pay anything to use the software. Moreover, there’s an entire community of people updating and upgrading the software.

Apart from being free and open, LibreOffice feels quite a lot like the classic MS Office experience. It doesn’t have the shiny modern user interface or extensive online integration, but it’s a solid suite with the option for full portability. Which is to say, you can keep it on a flash drive and run it on any computer, without having to do a traditional installation.

Who Should Use LibreOffice?

There are a few good target audiences for LibreOffice. Anyone who still yearns for the classic Office experience from the 90s or early 2000s will like the LibreOffice style. It’s a modern suite in terms of functionality, but it does have that feel.

Linux users and anyone who likes to support open-source will also find that LibreOffice is a great alternative to Microsoft Office, without any of the baggage that proprietary software comes with. 

It’s also an excellent choice for students with limited budgets or internet access, since it’s free and doesn’t rely on any internet services to provide its functionality.

WPS Office (Windows, Android & Linux)

WPS Office was previously known as “KSOffice” or “KOffice” in the West. The first version of this “relatively” unknown office suite was released all the way back in 1988. The modern version of this free productivity suite looks quite a bit like the modern MS Office, so if you already like Office you’ll feel more or less at home here.

We’re looking specifically at the free version of the suite here. This is not open-source software and Kingsoft does sell this software with additional features. The free tier includes Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets. We don’t need to explain what each of these are meant to do.

Format support is excellent, with modern MS Office formats supported as well as a long list of legacy formats. Having a WPS account also lets you sync documents across your devices and platforms. With the exception of iWork, this is one of the most polished productivity suites you can get, especially as a free product.

There are some limitations in the free version worth noting. There’s no access to premade templates and other assets from the WPS online resource. There are adverts that support the free version as well. The free version can’t edit PDF documents and other nice-to-have features such as OCR is missing. However, all the core functionality is there.

Who Should Use WPS Office?

If the rough edges of LibreOffice don’t appeal to you, but you don’t want to spend any money on an MS Office subscription, WPS provides a slick, visually pleasing experience. 

Its unique “all-in-one” interface design blends the feel of a multi-tab browser with an office suite. If you don’t like the all-in-one style, you can switch to a more traditional format, but it makes it great for working on a single-screen laptop and is therefore a good choice for students or writers.

Dropbox Paper (Browser-Based)

Dropbox is best known for offering a fantastic cloud-based storage solution. It’s got fantastic platform integration on various devices and has become a popular way to share files between people who work together. 

However, services like Google Drive also offer convenient cloud storage and offer a way to work together in real time. So now we have Dropbox Paper. 

This is not a full suite as we get from Google, but it does provide a basic cloud-based word processing, perfect integration with your Dropbox drive and well designed collaboration with other users. 

Who Should Use Dropbox Paper?

Dropbox Paper is not really an alternative to Microsoft Office, but if you and your coworkers are already storing your documents in Dropbox, then this is the path of least resistance to working together on the base text, perhaps leaving advanced formatting for an intern to complete. 

Dropbox have really put a lot of thought into helping people work together in Paper, letting you assign tasks and set due dates. There’s some of that in services such as Google Docs as well, but if you’re already invested in Dropbox’s cloud storage, this is a nice bonus.

Graphite Docs (Decentralized Blockchain Software)

Graphite Docs isn’t a complete Office suite, but it’s doing something so new and interesting that it should be mentioned on a list of Microsoft Office alternatives. 

The service essentially offers the equivalent of the Google Docs word processor at this point. With similar collaboration features to boot. So why is this relatively simple online word processor so special? It’s all thanks to how it works under the hood.

You see, when you use something like Google Docs, Google has complete access to the contents of your documents. In some ways that’s necessary. It would be hard, for example, to offer within-document searches if they couldn’t read the data inside. 

However, there’s always a concern that some sensitive or confidential documents could be extracted by someone at the company, or by hackers who compromise their data centers.

Graphite Docs is an example of a decentralized application. It uses the same core technology as Bitcoin (i.e. the blockchain) to provide online cloud services. The actual computing power is provided by the many peer computers that maintain that blockchain. 

So it provides you with most of the benefits you get from Google Docs, but without any of the privacy concerns. 

Who Should Use Graphite Docs?

Graphite Docs is not for mainstream users and it’s very much a new and rather experimental technology. However, if you’re working on stuff that needs a particularly high level of security and privacy, then it’s well worth looking into.

Getting The Job Done

Microsoft Office is a fine product and, to be quite honest, provides a lot of value for the asking price. 

That being said, the only reason it’s so competitive is, well, competition. Every one of the Microsoft Office alternatives listed above are great in their own right, and may well be a better fit for you than the biggest player in the productivity market. 

Since they are all also free, you have no reason not to give them a go either.