Tech Tips with Mr. Tech Savvy

Friday, April 18, 2008

Control your music from taskbar

Most of us enjoy listening to music while working on the computer. We would select songs into a playlist and let it play while we carry on with our work. This week features a small and simple tip but a sensible technique to help you control music faster and easier.

Normally, while you are listening to music, when you need to skip a song, you would have to switch back to the media player window and press the ‘Next’ button. Even in a situation when , say, your phone rings and you need to lower the volume or mute it completely to answer the call, you would have go back to the player again. Plus, don’t you think having a maximized window of a media player opened on your screen is a mere clutter of your workspace? Let’s make our tech life easier. Put that media player on your teeny taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

Most Media Players come with an inbuilt feature that allows you to minimize the player’s controls to fit into the taskbar on your Windows computer. Isn’t that neat? With this you can play, pause, stop, go to next or previous song, control the volume or even mute it. And if you want to watch a video as well, Windows Media Taskbar puts a little screen on your taskbar for you to enjoy. As long as it is on your taskbar, you don’t have to switch back and forth between programs again!

This feature may already be enabled on your player, but if you haven’t seen it, here’s how to activate it on Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes in three easy steps:

  • 1) Right-click mouse on the taskbar.
  • 2) Click on Toolbars. Then click on Windows Media Player or iTunes
  • 3) Whenever you want you put your player on the taskbar, just minimize the player and it will automatically be embedded into the taskbar.
There you go, easy and neat!

Happy Songkran to one and all!

It’s awfully hot out there, yet the only way to diminish the heat is to go out this weekend. While some of you might have already enjoyed the thrilling water festival in Bangkok and elsewhere, for the people in Pattaya, this weekend is your turn. Here’s wishing you a Happy Songkran! (Hoping that you read this before the newspaper in your hand turns completely wet!)

All hell breaks loose in this showery festival, so, here’s a little advice: Do remember to keep all your electronics and gadgets, especially mobile phones and digital cameras in a sealed waterproof bag, if you decide to carry them with you. Now go get drenched!

Just for Geeks – Answer and Win!

In the midst of confusion of whether Yahoo! would be taken over by Microsoft or not, did you ever wonder what Yahoo! stands for?

If you have an answer to that let me know and you will get a chance to win a Carvery for two at Jameson's The Irish Pub.
* For Pattaya Mail and Chiangmai Mail readers only

Till next week… Tata ;-)

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