PC Doctor August 9, 2011

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Dear PC Doctor,

I want to make a mix CD for my friend. She said she used iTunes to make her mix CD. I don't have iTunes, do I need it to make a mix CD? I know it's free but I don't want to download it onto my computer. Is there another way to make a mix CD without iTunes?


Dear Bridget,

Yes, there is an easy way to make a mix CD without iTunes. However, you'll still need to download a piece of software to do it. It's not as inconvenient to download as iTunes however. It's called InfraRecorder, a handy piece of open-source software. That means it's free! Go to www.infrarecorder.com and download the installer for your computer. (if you're not sure what version of Windows you have, just download the first one on the list.)

After installing it, open up the program and select the “Audio Disc” option. The top bottom of the window that appears is where you'll build your playlist to burn to a CD. The top half is the Explorer View where you'll find your music to drag down to the bottom playlist. Build your playlist! When you're ready, put a blank CD into the drive of your computer and click on Actions in the Filebar of InfraRecorder. Click “Burn Compilation > to a Compact Disc”. Let InfraRecorder do its job. When it's finished, eject your disc, write down the tracklist and hand it off to your friend!

            PC Doctor

Dear PC Doctor,

I like to have bookmarks to my favorite web sites as icons on my desktop. The thing is they don't look too different from each other because they all have the Firefox logo. Is there a way for me to change the icon so they at least look different so it's easier to remember which is which easily? Thanks!


Dear Gary,

Yes, there is a way to change the icons of applications on your desktop. However, if there aren't any alternative icons available, it gets tricky and isn't, in my opinion, worth the time and effort to dig through your computer finding different icons.

Right click on the icon on your desktop and select Properties in the opened menu. Click on the “Shortcut” tab and then click on the Change Icon button. If there's any other icons available for use, they'll appear in the window. Select the icon you want to use and click OK. Click apply on the Properties window and then close the window.

            PC Doctor

Until next time... happy computing!