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How to Open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA Files on Android?

Last time around we told you on how to open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows and Mac. However, what if you want to open in on your Android device? Well, worry not, because there are several apps out there which will allow you to open CBZ, CBR and CB7 files on your Android mobile and tablet.

Comic Book Viewer Android

The files with these extensions are basically comic book archives which contain images in sequence and can be read using a compatible software. In fact, you can actually create your own CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files as well.

If you want to read these comic book archives on an Android phone or tablet, you will require a dedicated app. One of the best app to view comic books on Android is “A Comic Viewer“. The app is a lightweight comic, image and manga viewer which can open cbr, cbz and cb7 comic book archives.

Additionally, you can also use another app called Komik Reader to open those files on an Android device. So go ahead and live that kid in yourself by reading those comics on your device.

How To Open or Play MKV Files?

MKV files are video files which are similar to AVI and MOV formats and supports several different types of audio and video codecs. The MKV file format is an acronym for Matroska Video File.

If you have recently downloaded a MKV file, you might not be able to open it with Windows Media Player. However, there are several other free video players which will allow you to watch movies that have an MKV extension.

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In order to watch videos with the .MKV file extension, you should download the VLC player or DivX Player. You can download the above players from the following links:

Once you have downloaded and installed the software, you can then just double click on the MKV file and open it or use the “File -> Open” dialog provided by these players to browse and open your MKV file.

Hope this answers your question. Enjoy your video.

How To Open .db Files?

Recently one of my friends downloaded an app and found out that it contained a file with a .db extension. She did not know how to open the file and asked my help. Since I have dealt with .db files previously, I was able to quickly point out to her on how to open a .db file.

The .db file could also be a Windows thumbnail cache file which stores thumbnail images for Windows Explorer’s thumbnail view. The Windows thumbnail cache file will always have a name called thumbs.db.

Additionally, .db files are database files created in popular lightweight database SQLite. The .db files can be created by several applications including , , and other apps to store information. To open files with .db extensions which are not named thumbs.db, you will need to download the SQLite Database Browser.

The SQLite Database Browser can be downloaded from http://sqlitebrowser.sourceforge.net/. Once you download and extract the software, double click on the executable name SQLite Database Browser. After that follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Click on File -> Open and select the .db file you want to open.

SQLite Open .db Files Database

Step 2: If the file is a proper SQLite Database, you will be able to view the database tables and structure in the SQLite Database Browser as shown above.

Sometimes when you open a .db file, you might see an error saying that the file is not a SQLite Database. In those cases, you can try and open the file in a text editor to view it’s contents. If you are running windows, you can also try to open the file with Microsoft Access. Remember that thumbs.db is not a database file and cannot be opened using the above software.

In future, you can use a software called OpenWith to Identify and open unknown file extensions.

In the past we have also covered several ways to open other unknown extensions like how to open RM file, how to open RMVB files, how to open ISO files, how to open Torrent files, how to open VOB files, how to open AMR files,how to open RAR files, how to open NFO files, how to open PLS files, how to open daa files, how to open DAT files, how to open WBMP files and many more how to open file tutorials.

How To Open/View .WBMP Files?

Every once in a while you may download files which may have extensions that you may never have heard of. In such cases, you might be shown a dialog by windows to use a web service to find the appropriate software to open or view the file.

One of our readers downloaded a WBMP file recently and was wondering how to open it. First of all, a file with WBMP extension uses an image format called  Wireless Application Protocol Bitmap Format. It is an optimized image used for mobile devices.

The WBMP file cannot be opened using regular image software or and requires a special viewing tool. In order to open or view the WBMP file, you can download a software called XnView. Once you have downloaded the software, you can easily open and view the WBMP file with it.

Download the XnView software from here to open or view WBMP file. In future, you can use a software called OpenWith to Identify and open unknown file extensions.

In the past we have also covered several ways to open other unknown extensions like how to open RM file, how to open RMVB files, how to open ISO files, how to open Torrent files, how to open VOB files, how to open AMR files, how to open RAR files, how to open NFO files, how to open PLS files, how to open daa files, how to open DAT files and many more how to open file tutorials.

Do take a look at them or bookmark the pages for future reference.

WinCDEmu – Opens ISO and Other CD/DVD Images

Just in case you didn’t know, an ISO file is an exact image of a CD or DVD that can be burned to a disc. There are also other types of files that contain disc images, such as CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, and IMG. Often times, software can be downloaded as an ISO file or another disc image type.

Not only can these image files be burned to a new disc, they can also be opened or “mounted” as a virtual drive. When you mount an ISO or similar file, it can be found as a new drive letter on your computer. This is handy, especially if you want to find out what’s in a disc image before you burn it, or if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive on your computer.

In order to mount a disc image, you’ll normally need to install virtual drive software on your PC. My favorite mounting software is Virtual Clone Drive. Once installed, it’s easy to use. You only need to double click an ISO to mount it as a new drive. Another good one is MagicDisc, which was reviewed here a few years ago.

Here’s one I recently ran into. It’s called WinCDEmu. It’s available as a normal install, and also as a portable program (single EXE file). I have a special love for portable applications and gave WinCDEmu a try.

I downloaded the portable version. It’s a small download, at about 235k. When you first launch it, you’ll be prompted to let it install it’s driver.

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Click the Yesbutton to continue. After that, you’ll be able to mount ISO and other disc images by clicking the Mount another imagebutton.

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As you can see above, you’ll be able to see the drive letters for your new virtual drives as you add them. That’s as complicated as it gets …

Downloads

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

WinCDEmu has several things going for it. It’s free, open-source, small, and has a portable version. As I’ve shown, the portable version is simple to use, and the installed version is even easier, since it allows you to mount images by double clicking on them.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Add New Items to the Sendto Menu in Win7 and Vista

Sometimes a file won’t open in the application you want for it. Normally, you might use the Open withcommand in the file right click menu when you click on a file.

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However, if the action you want isn’t in that list, there’s always the Sendto menu.   It’s also in the right click menu for files.

sendto-menu

The Sendto menu in Windows is a handy place to store links to all sorts of applications or actions that you rarely use. It used to be easy to add items to the Sendto menu in Windows 9x and Windows XP. Since the arrival of Vista and Win7, it’s gotten a little trickier. I’ll show you one way to do it.

The items in the Sendto menu, are actually links stored in a folder labeled Sendto. The Sendto folder used to be located in the Documents and Settingsfolder under each user name. In Vista and Win7, it’s buried deeply in the Users\Yourname\AppDatafolder, which is normally a hidden folder.

One way to get to AppData quickly is to use the Runmenu, by holding down your Start button and tap the Rkey. Then type in %appdata% and click OK.

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Next you’ll have to dig down even further. Go into the following folders under AppData.

Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Sendto

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Now you can see the shortcuts in the Sendto folder. It’s a simple matter of copying or creating shortcuts in this folder in order to see new items listed in your Sendto menu.

The first shortcut I normally add to the Sendto folder is Notepad. Some other apps that you might use there are Paint and WordPad. For the webmasters among you, I’ve also written up a tutorial on adding a Sendto FTPlink.

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Not only can you add shortcuts to applications, you can also add shortcuts to folders, drives and network locations. You can even add shortcuts to batch files that will perform specific actions on files.

Sendto is a flexible feature that can serve you well, once you learn it’s secrets.

How to Open or Edit PPT, PPTX and PPS Files

ppt-iconRecently, my friend Tiffany wrote me to tell me she was having trouble finding a free and easy way to view PowerPoint files.

I inherited a brand new Windows 7 All-in-One with touch screen   … One of my complaints is that I can’t view a PPS on it, and I’ve tried downloading links (from several places found on Google) to get a PPS viewer, not one of them worked.   Do you know of a place where I can get just the viewer, that will work on 7?

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most used slideshow tool in the world. Even though you’ve probably seen PowerPoint slideshows and know what they are, I’d bet there are still a few of you that don’t know what to do when you get an email with a PPTX attachment in it.

Some of the file extensions associated with Microsoft PowerPoint are .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .pot, .potx, .potm, .pps, .ppsx and .ppsm.


PowerPoint Viewers

I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Here’s a list of free PowerPoint viewers. In many cases, you can also edit as well as view.

* The apps that can edit PowerPoint files have an asterisk in front.

Windows

PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (Microsoft)

PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (Microsoft)

*Open Office or *LibreOffice

*Lotus Symphony

Mac

PowerPoint 98 Viewer (Microsoft)

*Open Office

Linux

*Open Office

Web

*Google Docs and Google Docs Viewer

*Zoho Office and Zoho Viewer

*Office Live

*ThinkFree

*Slideshare and many others



Conclusion:

As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of alternatives to the full version of PowerPoint. If you only need to view files, the PowerPoint Viewers from Microsoft are the simplest to use. The free office suites, such as Open Office give you lots of options to create and share slideshows. For some, the best alternatives are free web services, such as Google Docs or Slideshare. Users of Mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or iPad, may not find any free apps for presentations, but they can probably use some of the free web viewers.


How To Open .DAT Files?

There are times when you might receive files with unknown extensions, one of them maybe a file with a .DAT extension. DAT files are basically data files which can be opened with different software, however, it is very tricky to decide what to use.

One of the most common DAT files is Index.dat, which is a Internet Explorer history file which stores your browsing history.

Another common type of file a .DAT file could be CSV or Comma Separated Values. This can be opened with either notepad or any other text editor along with Microsoft excel. Video files found on CDs and DVDs also use the DAT format very often.

You can also try opening DAT files on Windows Media Player or any other video player you use. Other than that you can try to open DAT files using notepad or any other text editor.

Again DAT files contain arbitrary data so it really hard to tell what data is contained within it. As always try using notepad or another text editor to open the file or use Windows Media Player.

How To Open RAR Files?

In the past we have told you How to Open or View RAR Files. RAR files are similar to Zip files, however they use a different proprietary compression algorithm which is why they cannot be opened by Windows or by using WinZip.

In order to open RAR files you will either require to download WinRAR software from RAR Lab here http://www.rarlab.com/. Though the software is paid, you can continue using even after the time limitation is over.

In addition to that you can also use a 7Zip, which has the ability to open, browse and extract files from a .RAR file. You can download a 7Zip from here.

You can also use a website to Open zip and RAR files online, however the above software are free to use and do the job so you might not even require to use the online option.

In future you can also use a software called OpenWith to find out which application can be used to open unknown files.

How To Open .001, .002, .003 Files?

Sharing huge files over the internet is quite a pain if you have limited bandwidth connection. Many users split large files into smaller parts and then share them on the Internet.

These large files can then be easily downloaded in parts and later rejoined to create the actual file.

Usually in many cases there might be several pieces of files called as filename.001, filename.002, filename.003 and so on. There may be any number of files but the extension will always be incremental so the next file in the above series may be .004 and so on.

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In order to join the files you will require to download HJ-Split. HJ-Split is a . Once you have downloaded it you can double click on the executable to launch it.

To join the .001 and other files in the series, select Join from the HJ-Split options and select the input file (this will always be the .001 file). Select the output directory and click on start to join the files into a single one.

After you have joined the files you can safely delete .00x files.

Download HJ-Split