Friday is Free Day – 4K Video Downloader

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4K Video Downloader is another free video downloader available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. One cool feature that separates it from other video downloaders is that it gives you an option to download subtitles if they’re available.

4K-Video-Downloader“Simple yet effective” – that’s what users usually comment on the application. Just copy the video URL and click the Paste Link button. You’ll be given options on the quality of video you want to download and if it has subtitles, it also gives you the option to download them in SRT format. The video formats vary from MP4, MKV, M4A, and FLV. You can download videos from Youtube, DailyMotion, Facebook, and Vimeo. Playlists can also be downloaded but if it’s more than 25 clips, you’ll have to get a license key. Still, not bad.

Other applications offered by 4K Download are MP3 extraction apps, slideshow maker, and Instagram image grabber.

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Mute Audio Shortcut

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There are times that we need to mute our computer audio instantly. The problem is we still have to click on the volume icon to select mute. There are 3rd party freewares to automate the task but it would be much better if you can do the native way in windows – using keyboard hotkeys.

This guide is applicable with 32-bit Windows XP and Vista. Download first the NirCmd utility. Extract it in a folder and copy “nircmd.exe” (executable) and place it anywhere in your system e.g. “C drive“. We’ll now  create the hotkey.

1. Right click on your desktop and select New>Shortcut.
2. Type in the path of the nircmd utility and append “mutesysvolume 2“.  This will let you toggle to mute and unmute the audio. Click on the image for a larger view.

Mute audio hotkey

Mute audio hotkey

3. Click Next and give the shortcut a name. Leave it on your desktop.
4. Right click on the shortcut and select Properties. Place your cursor on the Shortcut Key field and press Ctrl and select a character e.g. “M“. From there, you may also change the icon. Click the image below for a larger view.

Hotkey properties

Hotkey properties

5. Click OK for the settings to take effect.

Test your hotkey. Play an audio file and press the hotkey – in this guide it’s Ctrl+Alt+M, to mute the audio and press it again to unmute.

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