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How to Rip CDs in Windows 10

Related Book
Windows 10 For Dummies

By Andy Rathbone.

In a process known as ripping, Windows Media Player in Windows 10 can copy
your CDs to your PC as MP3 files, the
industry standard for digital music. But until you tell the player that you
want MP3 files, it creates WMA files – a format
that won’t play on iPads, most smartphones, nor many other music players.

To make Windows Media Player create songs with the more versatile MP3 format
instead of WMA, click the Organize button
in the top-left corner, choose Options, and click the Rip Music tab. Choose
MP3 instead of WMA from the Format drop-down
menu and nudge the audio quality over a tad from 128 to 256 or even 320 for
better sound.

To copy CDs to your PC’s hard drive, follow these instructions:

Open Windows Media Player, insert a music CD, and click the Rip CD button.

You may need to push a button on the front or side of your computer’s disc
drive to make the tray eject.

Windows Media Player connects to the Internet; identifies your CD; and fills
in the album’s name, artist, and song titles. Then
the program begins copying the CD’s songs to your PC and listing their
titles in the Windows Media Player Library.
You’re through.

If Windows Media Player can’t find the songs’ titles automatically, however,
move ahead to Step 2.
Right-click the first track and choose Find Album Info, if necessary.

If Windows Media Player comes up empty-handed, right-click the first track
and choose Find Album Info.

If you’re connected to the Internet, type the album’s name into the Search
box and then click Search. If the Search box finds
your album, click its name, choose Next, and click Finish.

If you’re not connected to the Internet, or if the Search box comes up
empty, right-click the first song, click Edit, and manually
fill in the song title.
Repeat for the other titles, as well as the album, artist, genre, and year

Here are some tips for ripping CDs to your computer:

Normally Windows Media Player copies every song on the CD. To leave Tiny Tim

off your ukulele music compilation, however, remove the check mark from Tiny
Tim’s name. If Windows Media Player has
already copied the song to your PC, feel free to delete it from within
Windows Media Player. Click the Library
button, right-click the song sung by the offending yodeler, and choose

Windows Media Player automatically places your ripped CDs into your Music
folder. You can also find your newly ripped
music there as well as in the Windows Media Player Library.


Trucs in the Kitchen
Fast food runs, deli detours and a grocery carts loaded with pre-prepared
food can drain a food budget faster than a houseful of hungry teenagers. The
secret for slashing your family’s food bill is to cook at home. And the way
to become confident in
the kitchen is to learn a few strategic “trucs” of the trade.
Truc (rhymes with “fluke”) is a French word that means a “trick,” not as in
a magic trick or illusion, but rather a shortcut, gimmick, secret or way to
do something better,
cheaper, easier and faster.
Sauté 1 cup rice in two tablespoons oil in a sauce pan over
medium heat until the kernels are well coated and begin to turn bright
Add 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil, stir and reduce to simmer.
Cover and cook for 10
minutes undisturbed.
Remove from the heat (do not peek) and wait for 15 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve. Multiplies well, use equal amounts of rice and
Say goodby to mushy boiled potatoes that fall apart:
Fill a pot with two parts water and one part vinegar.
Add a dash of kosher
salt and bring to a boil.
Drop in the peeled potatoes and gently boil until desired doneness.
To make rich, moist “gourmet” cupcakes skip the muffin
tins and paper liners.
Grease and flour heavy ovenproof porcelain coffee cups.
Fill with your favorite cake or muffin batter to 2/3 full.
Bake in preheated oven at 325
degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Allow to cool for a few minutes then invert the cups to
pop out the cakes.
Any skillet can become your perfect omelet pan. The
secret is making sure the omelet will not stick.
Pour some kosher salt into the skillet and rub vigorously the bottom and
sides of the pan with a kitchen towel.
The salt acts like an abrasive to put a fine polish on the skillet. Discard
the salt and proceed.
When cooking a whole chicken, chicken parts or
boneless skinless breasts in liquid (braising, boiling or stewing) make sure
it never comes to a full boil, not even for a few moments. Once you see that
liquid starting to
move, turn the heat down so it remains just below the boiling point. This is
the secret to moist and tender chicken every time.
To enjoy “fresh” basil all year long, wash, pat dry between towels
and then pick off the unbruised leaves from the stems. Pack them in a jar
and cover completely with olive oil. Close the lid tightly and refrigerate.
Use the “fresh”
basil as needed throughout the year, also the wonderful basil-flavored oil.
Champagne, beer and whites wines are best served very cold,
around 43 degrees F. That takes at least an hour in the refrigerator. But
cut that time to 20 minutes or less: Fill an ice bucket half full with ice
cubes. Pour inQUICK CHILL.
Champagne, beer and whites wines are best served very cold, around 43
degrees F. That takes at least an hour in the refrigerator. But you can cut
that time to 20 minutes or
less: Fill an ice bucket half full with ice cubes. Pour in several cups of
cold water and add 4 tablespoons of salt. Plunge the beverage bottle into
the ice bucket, adding
additional water and ice so the bucket is full. In 10-12 minutes the
beverage will be cold, let stand for 20 minutes to reach the ideal 43
degrees. Cheers!

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