NVIDIA Geforce Experience Tutorial – How To Record Your PC Gameplay

If you run an Nvidia GPU, which for better or worse is the majority of you out there, making use of the dedicated h.264 encoding chip (present on all Nvidia GTX GPUs from the 600 series [~2012] and newer) is the best way to ensure that recording has the least impact on the actual performance of your game, almost regardless of the processor you’re running. In a number of 3rd party recording tools you can use that built-in encoder (often listed as “NVENC H.264“), but by far the fastest and most intuitive way, is to simply use the official tools provided by Nvidia, via their multi-purpose Geforce Experience software.

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File Associations and My Recommended Players

Today I’ll be talking about file association in windows (which applications respond when various file types are opened), as well as recommending some of my favorite players/viewers and some general tips for each.

File Associations: What are they, and how do they work?

File associations in Windows define which applications launched when files are open, and icons for each type are assigned as well. To see all current associations and their icons, windows search for and open the “Default Programs” menu. There you can assign generic default programs, choose defaults for each file type/extension individual, as well as for protocols (URLs). Windows 10 also has a secondary (tablet focused) UI for this in the settings panel under the “Default apps” tab.

While installing programs or browsing through preferences, you might have seen the ability to change associations there as well, some even allowing you to select different icons for each supported file type. While Windows makes it easy to assign icons to executables, shortcuts, and folders, it doesn’t often give the option for other file types. For this, you’ll need a program like FileTypesMan, or the simpler but far more limited Types. The former is recommended as it allows you to change the icon of a file type, along with almost all of its other properties. You can choose your own from any executable or icon file, but you can also often select the .exe of your player to find multiple icons stored inside.

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DS4 PC Setup and Advanced Configuration Guide

The DS4, while not quite plug-and-play, is easy to setup. By default, DS4Windows will have you off and playing any controller-supported game right away, with the touchpad mouse emulation on as a bonus, but it’s capable of far more. The app is user-friendly, but the number of settings and terms might be overwhelming for first time users.

DS4Windows - Guide Cover

What do I need?

Basic Setup

  1. Download the zip from DS4Windows.com or an older version from GitHub
  2. Unzip the two exes to a safe place
  3. Run DS4Windows.exe, and select whether you want all the settings to be stored where you placed the exes, or in a centralized appdata location. The former is better if you want to easily move/copy the whole setup to other PCs in the future. Do make sure to have the exes in their own folder, just so it’s easy to keep track of which extra folders/files were added.
  4. Settings Tab > “Controller/Driver Setup” Link
  5. Follow the 3 steps in that window. Before step 3, if you want to use wireless, jump to the pairing section below (pairing can be done at any time after if you don’t have your adapter yet)
  6. Click Finish
  7. Settings Tab > check “Hide DS4” and “Run at Startup” (assuming you want to use the controller often)

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How To Use Custom Hard Drive Icons in Windows 10

By default, Windows does not give you the ability to right click on a drive to change the icon used when viewing that drive in file explorer. This can be very helpful if you have multiple drives, as it allows you to quickly recognize a specific drive based on visual cues in addition to just the drive letter or name. Luckily, there is a fairly simple way to do this.

In my case, I use a number of different hard drives and like to assign each of those drives a unique icon as seen in the image below:

custom hard drive icons

I personally think think this looks a lot nicer than the generic image used by Windows for a hard drive. To do this, all you need to do is navigate to the root of that drive and create a .txt file in that drive by right clicking and selecting new text document:

create text document

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Automatically Clear the Downloads Bar in Chrome

nice chrome extensionDownloading files in Google Chrome will cause a download box to appear at the bottom of the browser. If you are like me, you may find it annoying to constantly have to close down this box every time your download completes. Luckily for us, there is a neat little extension available called Always Clear Downloads.

– get outta here!

This is a simple extension that automatically dismisses the download box 5 seconds after your file is downloaded, freeing up your vertical browser space. However, if you like to navigate to your downloaded files from within that box, this extension might not be for you as it also removes the files from the downloads history, CTRL+J

But I find that it saves me time and a little annoyance with having to click the little ‘x’ every time I download something from the internet.

Now I can click whatever I want to download (which is sometimes a rapid succession of multiple files at once), and when I’m ready to access the files I can just go to my desktop (which I have set as my default download location) and open it up when I’m ready and my browser session window doesn’t become obstructed with this download bar at the bottom of the page.

 

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