Author Archives: Anonit

Powershell if file does not exist

Small gotcha that caught me recently, I needed to do a test-path but action if a file did NOT exist, and I had trouble getting it to work first go, so I’m writing this here:

$FileToCheck="c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe"
## check file exists
if (!(Test-Path $FileToCheck))
{
     throw "$FileToCheck not found"
}

This will throw the exception if the file can not be found.

Batch converting video combining FFMpeg and Powershell

I had a bunch of MKV files that I needed to convert to mp4.  I don’t have any fancy video editing software, and found that a program called ffmpeg exists, which is a command line tool that will do this.  Once I verified that it would do what I wanted, I decided to write a powershell script that will do the work for me, which you can find here.

You will need to download and install ffmpeg and run the script.  I have defaulted ffmpeg to “c:\program files\ffmpeg\ffmpeg.exe” as this seems like the logical place for me.

If you have any comments, or ideas on how to improve, please let me know in the comments below.

Disable Office 2016 typing animation

To disable the office 2016 typing animation, navigate to:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common

Create a new Key called Graphics

In the Graphics key, create a new DWORD 32 bit value for DisableAnimations

Set a value of 1.  Log out and back in and the animations should no longer be active.