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Dropbox adds new file conversion tools and faster camera backups

Dropbox is getting a slew of interface tweaks alongside new tools and features. One of the more useful inclusions is a new file conversion feature, which lets Dropbox users convert images between different formats like JPEG and PNG, and files into PDFs. Support for video conversion is coming soon. Dropbox is also adding new features to its password manager.

Automatic camera backups from mobile, which will now be available to users on Dropbox’s free tier, are also seeing some improvements. Dropbox says uploads should now be faster and more reliable, and on iOS there’s now an option to specify exactly which folders should be automatically backed up (the feature is coming to Android later this year). There’s also the option to have photos automatically deleted after they’re backed up to save space.

The web interface’s details pane has also been redesigned.
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The service’s password manager, which it made available to free account holders in April, is being updated to store credit and debit card details while a password sharing feature announced in March is now rolling out. Dropbox’s password manager is available to both its free and paid account holders, but free accounts are limited to storing a maximum of 50 passwords.

Finally, on the web Dropbox is updating its side navigation interface, making it easier to organize files through dragging and dropping. The details pane is also being overhauled to offer more details on your files at a glance. Desktop users are also getting a simplified interface from their system tray, with “streamlined access to content, search, file activity, and sync progress.”

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How to Import Your Save File from the Monster Hunter Stories 2 Demo

With a Rathian-like roar, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is bursting onto the Nintendo Switch and PC in just a few days. Eager gamers don’t need to wait, however, to get their Monstery adventures started. Capcom has released a demo that gives players the opportunity to play through the beginning of the game. Best of all, progress carries over into the final release. 

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Where do you download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo?

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The first step, of course, is to download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo from the Nintendo eShop. Launch the shop and locate the product page for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. To the right, you will see options to pre-order the game and download the demo. The file is only 2.8Gb in size (compared to 14.5Gb for the full game), so it won’t take up much space and will be ready quickly on a high-speed internet connection.

Once you download the demo, feel free to play and enjoy the game as normal. This trial version lets you customize your rider and play through the beginning of the game. You can forge armor, hatch and develop monster companions, and head into battle.

The Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo does have a few limitations. The Connecticat, which facilitates multiplayer, will be unavailable. Amiibo functionality is also offline.

There is also a level cap. The demo will not let your character advance past level 11. It won’t stop you from playing, but it will stop counting experience points. The demo is not timed, but you will eventually reach an endpoint, and that is where you will likely import your save from.

How to create your Monster Hunter Stories 2 save

A Kulu-Y-Ku chasing an egg in a cut scene
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Any save you create in the Monster Hunter 2 demo can be loaded from the full version of the game.

The demo is limited to a single save slot, rather than the three that will be available in the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2. Once you reach the end of the demo, a window will open and ask if you would like to “Save your current game progress?”

You are given the option to either Save or Cancel. Canceling allows you to continue the demo, but you cannot progress forward in the story.

If you choose the Save option, then the game will create your final save file, and you will no longer be able to use that to play the demo. You will need to wait until you are playing the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2 in order to continue.

The game does keep an autosave. If you change your mind and want to continue playing, then you can load the autosave from before the end of the demo, but keep in mind that any subsequent save will overwrite the file in your one save slot.

How to import your save in Monster Hunter Stories 2

Title screen popup confirming data import from the demo
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Once you have the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2, importing your save is really easy. First, launch the game. There will be options to select, such as your preferred language, etc. Eventually, you will land on the title screen.

If you have a save from the demo, there will be an option on the bottom of the menu called Transfer from the Demo. Select that, and you will see a popup, asking if you would like to resume. Choose Resume, and the game will import your save, allowing you to continue from where you left off.

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How to Change File Associations in Windows 10

If you’ve ever run into the problem of Windows trying to open up a file in entirely the wrong application, you’re not alone. Although you can get around it using the “Open With” command, there is a way to make sure you don’t have to do that every time: Learn how to change file associations.

If you aren’t sure which file type you want to change the association of, right-click your desired file and click Properties from the resulting menu. Look for Type of File at the top of the window. The three-letter designation next to that is its file type. You can do it on an individual file type basis or change all of them from one location.

Changing one file type

The quickest method to change a single file type is to do it from that Open With menu we mentioned. If you want to change more than one file type at a time, skip to the next section.

Step 1: Right-click on a file of the type you wish to change the association for.

Step 2: Select Open With from the resulting menu.

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Step 3: Windows will then offer you an app or a list of apps that can act as the default for that file type. If you see the one you want, select it, and Windows will open that file in the app you’ve chosen.

If you don’t see your preferred app, then from the menu that appears when you select Open With, either search for one by selecting the Search the Microsoft Store option or click Choose Another App for an expanded list of already-installed applications.

Step 4: When you’ve found the app you want, and it has been selected, simply click the gray OK button. You can also tick the box labeled Always Use This App to Open [Type of File] Files before you hit the OK button if you want that app to open all files of that type going forward.

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From now on, any files of that type will be opened with your chosen application.

Changing any and all

If you want to change a few different file types — or even all of them — then the Settings menu is the best place to go.

Step 1: Press the Windows + X keys and click Settings from the resulting menu.

Alternatively, search for Settings in the Windows search bar and click the relevant result.

Step 2: Select Apps from the list of options.

Step 3: Click Default Apps from the left-hand menu.

Step 4: Scroll down if needed, and click Choose Default Apps by File Type.

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You’ll then be presented with a list of all of the file types Windows 10 supports, with their associated applications on the right-hand side. If a file type doesn’t have a particular application set up to handle it, there will be a gray plus sign (+) icon instead.

Step 5: Scroll through the list to find the file type that you want to change the file association for. Click the application or Plus icon to its right.

Step 6: Choose your preferred application from the list that appears, and click its corresponding icon.

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In the case of some file types, there will be multiple options, whereas others may have none.

There are two other avenues available should you not find an offered option. Either download a compatible application from the web or select the Look for an App in the Microsoft Store option, which brings you to the Microsoft Store.

Note: In some cases, the Microsoft Store may not return any results for relevant applications for a particular file type, or it may return search results that aren’t relevant. If this happens to you, you have to decide which app will work with the file type you want to change.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred application, you’re all set. This simple change has successfully reset the default application for your targeted file type; now this program will consistently open when you select a certain type of file.

If you find that you need to change back to the original application, you can use the steps above to get back to the default settings. Alternatively, you can go to the Default Apps section of the Windows 10 Settings menu as we did before, scroll down, and then click on the Reset button located under the phrase Reset to the Microsoft Recommended Defaults.

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Here’s How To Quickly and Easily Convert a PDF File To Excel

Just because your coworker sent you a PDF file instead of the Excel document you wanted, that doesn’t mean you’re actually stuck with it. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to convert a PDF into an Excel document using a few quick and easy steps. We’ll even teach you a few different ways to do it.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of converting the PDF (whether password-protected or not) and would rather just edit it as is, we have a guide to the best PDF editors, too.

Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

As one of the world’s premier PDF reading and editing applications, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is one of the more popular methods for converting a PDF into an Excel file. As fully featured as it is, though, it is a paid-for, premium application. Fortunately, there is a free trial, so if you’re just looking to do a one-off conversion, this method works great.

Step 1: Download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC’s seven-day trial and install it.

Step 2: Open the software, and select the Tools tab.

Step 3: Click the Export PDF icon. (You can also select the Export PDF icon in the pane on the right side without having to go through the Tools tab.)

Step 4: Click Select a File and choose the PDF you want to convert from the resulting window. Then, select Spreadsheet from the list of export options and decide whether you want a Microsoft Excel Workbook (.xlsx) or XML Spreadsheet 2003 (.xml) format.

Step 5: If you want to adjust your eventual Excel document’s settings, click the Gear icon on the right-hand side of your selection. You can choose how many worksheets are created, as well as what symbols are used as data separators.

Step 6: When happy with your settings, click the blue Export button.

Step 7: Decide where you want to save your new Excel document. Either pick one of the Recent Folders on show, or click the blue Choose a Different Folder button. In the resulting pop-up file browser, click Save.

Depending on the complexity of your data set and the speed of your computer, you may have a short wait while the conversion takes place. Once completed, the new Excel document will automatically open. You have now officially converted your PDF to an Excel document.

Using a free web application

We get it, these programs don’t work for everyone. There are many reasons that you can’t install these applications on your system, or maybe you would simply prefer that a remote server handle the brunt of the work for you. That’s okay, there are other methods you can use to convert those files. 

You always have the option to convert a PDF to an Excel document online instead. Although there are a number of online converters to choose from, we have a favorite. We strongly recommend PDFtoExcel.com because it’s free, has a clean, user-friendly interface, and does an excellent job quickly.

We recommend caution if you use PDFtoExcel.com. While the company has said they promptly delete all data received within six hours after upload and that your files are “accessed only by automated software agents,” it’s better to exert some concern when it comes to your privacy rights. If you are converting essential or private data, it’s best to use a local conversion option as this is the safest protocol. Local conversion methods are best for converting personal, sensitive, or otherwise private information as they ensure the most protection.

With PDFtoExcel.com, you are in good hands because their efficient conversion method is an easy three-step process we have laid out below. 

Step 1: Open a browser window and go to PDFtoExcel.com.

Step 2: Click the Upload button and select the PDF you want to convert. Alternatively, you can drag and drop it onto the designated area.

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Step 3: If you are working with an extensive PDF and/or data set, uploading the file and converting it may take a little while, but overall, the process should be swift. Once complete, click the Free Download button.

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After the final step, your PDF file will be in an Excel format that you can download or edit. This document may require tweaking or formatting. We recommend checking out our helpful guide on how to operate Excel through the Microsoft Office app, where we outline handy Excel tips and tricks.

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Windows 10’s File Explorer is getting colorful icon update soon

Microsoft has announced that it is releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. There are several new features in Build 21343, including some newly updated icons. Microsoft says it began updating icons in Windows 10 last year, beginning with those for the built-in apps, Windows Security, the Narrator icon, and the icon for Notepad.

Build 21343 now brings updated icons throughout File Explorer. Microsoft notes to those moving to Build 21343 that any custom folders into Quick Access will disappear. Users will need to make a note of the folders before updating to the new build or pausing updates until this issue is resolved.

There are multiple changes, including the orientation of folder icons and the default file type icons that have been made for consistency across Microsoft products that show files. One notable change is that top-level user folder like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have a new design intended to make it easier to tell them apart at a glance. Microsoft has also updated the Recycle bin icon.

Build 21343 also brings improvements to Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard. Starting with the new build, Microsoft is introducing a new runtime designed and optimized for container scenarios. The new runtime is lightweight and supports faster launch times for Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard. Microsoft says it doesn’t expect the update to change application compatibility inside Windows Sandbox, but users could encounter some differences in behavior due to the significant change.

Microsoft also points out that Windows Sandbox now includes the Microsoft Edge browser. A number of other changes have been made in Build 21343, and the complete list of changes can be seen here.

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The Windows 10 File Explorer Is Getting a New Look

Microsoft is updating the look of the Windows 10 File Explorer to make it more modern. With the latest Windows Insider Dev Channel release, Microsoft started testing new modern folder icons for photos, desktop, documents, music, and even the recycle bin.

Thanks to these changes, Microsoft’s iconography in Windows 10 is now a little more consistent and should feel a bit different if you’re brave enough to install this work-in-progress beta version of Windows. The new icons even line up with previous changes such as the refreshed Start Menu look in last year’s Windows 10 October 2020 Update.

Finally gone are the old Windows 10 icons, which are largely leftovers from Windows 8.1. In its place are ones that are largely reminiscent of the design language of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X operating system. Some examples of the icons can be seen above.

Microsoft says it changed things such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons. These build on previous new icons that Microsoft has introduced for Windows Security, the Narrator, and even the Notepad icon.

Microsoft even tweaked the Recycle Bin icon to a more fluent version. That icon is now more forward-facing and a little less three-dimensional. Other new icons cover OneDrive and disk drives. Of course, more icons can be changed in the future. “As you can imagine, there are a lot of icons in Windows 10, and more icons will continue to get updated over time,” Microsoft said.

Since Windows 10 Dev Channel builds are not linked to a specific release, and Microsoft has already announced the 21H1 Windows 10 update, it’s not certain when non-beta testers will see these changes. It is likely that these new icons could roll out to everyone in the next version of Windows 10, which is known in the Windows community as “Sun Valley,” in fall 2021.” Microsoft has not officially discussed this as of yet, and those plans are uncertain.

Until then, if you really want to experience the new look, you can opt your PC into the Windows Insider program, and choose the Dev Channel. Just be aware that Dev Channel builds are largely unstable and could cause issues with your PC.

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Fortnite Season 6 teasers detailed: Restricted file, Dire Wolves, Zero Point

We’re only a couple of days away from the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 6, and with it will come a number of huge changes — at least based on Epic’s teasing. The company previously released a FAQ regarding the next season, including its March 16 release date and how the Season 5 finale will snowball into Season 6. Now the company is back with a proper teaser, and there’s a bunch of hints mixed in.

Players have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Fortnite Season 6, which has been kept expertly under wraps. Unlike the past two seasons, which saw major leaks, there’s very little known about what Epic has planned for its next battle royale season aside from what it has revealed on its own.

We know based on last week’s FAQ that the start of Season 6 will bring a single-player narrative experience, a first for the battle royale game. Likewise, Epic has promised that fans can expect its most ‘cinematic’ experience to date, though it remains unclear how the series finale will play out. It seems that whatever is planned will bridge the end of Season 5 into Season 6, with the ‘big event’ possibly happening at the start of the next season.

Dire Wolves finally arrive

With those details out of the way, Epic has finally dropped a proper teaser for the game’s finale, one that seems to include details about what players can expect from the next season. Remember those ‘dire wolves’ we heard leak months ago? It seems they’re finally going to arrive in Fortnite with Season 6.

In case you forgot about this particularly tantalizing leak, here’s the summary: back in December 2020, game streamer Tabor Hill — who previously leaked major then-new changes like the sharks — revealed that Epic was likely planning to add wolves or some kind of similar beast to the game.

That leak suggested the wolves would arrive in Season 5, which obviously didn’t happen. However, Epic’s new teaser video (in the tweet above) includes small images, one of which features what appears to be some type of werewolf creature. This indicates that Hill was correct with his leak, he simply got the season wrong.

Agent Jones is in trouble

The Fortnite Season 6 teaser video focuses on Agent Jones, who has been dropping through different realities to bring hunters to the battle royale island. It seems that Agent Jones has been betrayed in some way — he needs access to a restricted file that he is not able to access.

As he grows more frustrated, Agent Jones rants:

We’ve lost control of the Zero Point, do you get what that means? You must not because you’re doing nothing. I’ve dedicated my life to the Order. I’ve given everything. And for what? To just sit back and watch Reality end? That’s not who we are!

At least, it’s not who I am. Not anymore.

The spiel indicates that the Order may not care about the incoming disaster — or, perhaps, played a role in bringing it about.

Zero Point

The Order has, according to Agent Jones’ latest reality log, lost complete control of the Zero Point, meaning it’s probably safe to say that the upcoming transition event from Season 5 to Season 6 will likely revolve around the Zero Point. Even more interesting is Jonesy’s new ‘rogue agent’ like persona, hinting that he may play the key role in saving Reality from destruction.

This may tie into the solo player narrative event players will experience with the launch of Season 6 — perhaps we’ll all play at Agent Jones as he navigates fractured reality and pulls off what is necessary to bring about the next round of changes.

The solo experience will be available to all players when they first log into the game in Season 6, so you don’t have to stress about being able to play at a specific time. Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 6 arrives on March 16.

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Bitwarden adds secure text and file transfer to its arsenal

Many current password managers allow you to share your passwords with family members or other individuals or groups. (You do use a password manager, don’t you?) Managers such as Bitwarden and 1Password have specific methods by which you can share passwords or groups of passwords, making it easier for a family to, say, access a shared streaming service.

Now Bitwarden has upped the ante by adding a feature it calls Send, which allows you to send files or text (including, if you wish, passwords) securely via end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, using a link on its site.

Bitwarden Send generates a link and includes a number of security options

Bitwarden Send generates a link and includes a number of security options

Here’s how it works: If you wish to send a file (it can be up to 100 MB), you go to Bitwarden’s website and click on the Send button. After you upload the file, or create a text message, Send will generate a link that you can send out via email, text, or any other method you choose. When the person you send it to clicks on the link (and they don’t have to be a registered Bitwarden user), they are sent to a page where they can either view the text message or download the file.

But before you send out the link, there are a number of security features you can add. You can set a date and time for the file to automatically be deleted from the linked page (in other words, if you click on the link after that, you’ll be informed it’s no longer available) or for the link to expire. You can limit the number of times the file can be accessed and you can see how many times it’s been accessed so far. And finally, you can set a password for the link.

If you’re using Send to create a text message, you can also have it be hidden by default when it is accessed (so the text is not immediately readable).

The new Send feature will be only partially available to Bitwarden’s free users. Members with free accounts will be able to use it to send text, but not files, while those with Premium and other paid memberships will be able to send both text and files.

Bitwarden is obviously taking full advantage of the recent reported exodus from LastPass because of the latter’s new limitations on its free accounts. Since there are already a number of free services for sending encrypted files, such as WeTransfer, and since having a secure way to send information such as passwords, personal information, and account numbers can be very handy, it looks like Bitwarden has given people another good reason to switch from LastPass. The new Send feature should be available Monday, March 15th at 7 AM.

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Computing

How to Make a Zip File on a Mac

Creating zip files on a Mac might seem daunting at first, but you have a few options — and plenty of MacOS and iOS tools — at your disposal. While you may have experience creating a zip file on a Windows-based computer, the process is slightly different on a Mac.

Thanks to this guide, you’ll become a pro at zipping and unzipping files between your Mac, iPad, and iPhone in no time. If you want to secure your zip files with a password, we have a guide for that too.

What is a zip file?

Sending big files can take a long time. Zip files are a way to compress your data to make it more compact and quicker to transfer. Compression can temporarily remove redundancies in the files, which can then be re-created (lossless). Compression can also permanently remove unnecessary bits, albeit at the cost of a perfect replica (lossy). Another popular form of compressed, or archived, data is RAR.

When you download a compressed file, you will need to extract the contents — or “unzip” them — in order to access them.

How to create a zip file on a Mac

Creating a zip file on a Mac is quick and easy, as MacOS includes a built-in tool called Archive Utility for compressing and unzipping files. You don’t need a third-party utility.

Zip a single file

Right-click or press Control + Tap on a file you want to compress and select Compress [File Name] on the pop-up menu.

As shown below, a new zip file appears in the same folder, while the original file remains.

MacOS New Zip File

Zip multiple files

Step 1: Hold down the mouse button or trackpad to draw a box around all the files you want to compress. Alternatively, press the Command button while tapping the trackpad or while clicking the mouse button to select specific files.

Step 2: Right-click or press Control + Tap and select Compress on the pop-up menu.

MacOS Compress Multiple Files

A new, single archive will appear in the folder. As before, the original files remain intact.

Step 3: To rename the default Archive.zip file name, simply right-click or press Control + Tap on the archive and select Rename. This is useful if you need to create multiple zip files or to make it easier for the recipient to know what’s in the archive.

Rename Archive

How to unzip a file

Unzipping a zip file is about as easy as creating one. Simply double-click on the file, and it automatically unzips.

Alternatively, right-click or press Control + Tap on a zip file, hover over Open With on the pop-up menu, and then choose Archive Utility. You can also choose to use a third-party unzipping program, like The Unarchiver, if it’s not set as the default tool.

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MacOS will automatically create a new folder containing the decompressed files in the same location as the zip file.

Is compression not working?

Fix Archive Permissions

If you’re unable to compress files, you might need to adjust your file permissions. Try this solution:

Step 1: Right-click or select Control + Tap on the file you want, and choose Get Info from the resulting menu.

Step 2: Click the arrow beside Sharing & Permissions to open this choice, as displayed above.

Step 3: Check that your specific account is set as an administrator and that your permissions are Read & Write or Read Only. Any other settings may prevent you from compressing the file.

If you’re not an administrator, click the Lock button and log in with administrator credentials. Then, switch your permissions to Read & Write or Read Only and try compressing the file once more.

Sending compressed files to iOS/iPadOS

iPadOS Unzip Archive

Swapping files between macOS and iOS devices is tricky but unavoidable. You’ll need to complete a few more steps to uncompress the files on your cellphone or tablet.

Step 1: Click the Files application and locate the file in question.

Step 2: Click and hold the file and choose Uncompress. You’re all done.

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Hitman 3: How to Find the Case File in Dartmoor

Most Hitman levels give you a target (or list of targets) and send you on your way. But Hitman 3′s Dartmoor level is different. In addition to taking out your target, you also need to find Arthur Edwards’ case file, which is more difficult than it may seem. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to find the case file in Dartmoor in three different ways.

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Method 1: Solve the murder

The easiest way to snag the case file in Dartmoor is to complete the Means, Motive, and Opportunity story mission. There are multiple outcomes to this mission depending on how much evidence you find and who you accuse of the murder. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll eventually end up in Alexa Carlisle’s office, and as a reward for solving the crime, she’ll offer you either the case file or cash. Take the case file.

There’s a lot to this mission, so make sure to read our guide on how to solve the Dartmoor murder mystery. We walk you through the entire story mission, as well as all the different outcomes.

Method 2: Get the safe code

If you’d prefer a more traditional Hitman approach, you can find the case file in a safe inside Alexa Carlisle’s office. The trickiest part is simply getting up to the office, especially on your first playthrough. For those who have already gone through the level, head to the far left side of the mansion from the beginning, near the trophy room. There, you can scale a series of pipes and reach a ladder shortcut, which leads directly into Alexa’s office.

If it’s your first playthrough or you don’t have the shortcut unlocked, pick up a Mansion Staff or Bodyguard disguise. You should be able to get up to Alexa’s office on the third floor without being seen, as long as you avoid enforcers.

There are two other problems you need to deal with, though. First, there’s a guard inside Alexa’s office. Use a coin or some other distraction to lead him away from the stairs, then subdue him and hide his body in the nearby chest. There are also two guards on the balcony outside, but as long as you stay away from the windows, they won’t spot you.

Now, head over to Alexa’s chair and press the button on it. That will move a picture on a nearby wall, revealing the safe. You’ll get some dialogue about finding the code by looking around the mansion. Above the safe, you’ll see four icons: A clock, a telescope, a fire, and a moose. These icons correspond to items you can find around the office, which will reveal the code. Here are all the locations:

  • Clock — Just under the stairs. Look for the clock for the first number.
  • Telescope — On the upper level of the office, pointing out a window.
  • Fire — On the back wall of the fireplace in the office.
  • Moose — There’s a moose head mounted above the main door. Above the moose is the number.

If you want to find the code yourself, skip to the next paragraph. If you’re impatient, here’s the code: 1975.

There’s still a lurking problem that needs solving, though. Alexa may enter her office with a bodyguard depending on how long you stay in the office. For the most part, she roams the manor, but if you spend more than a few minutes in the office, she’ll make her way up there. The easiest way to handle this issue is to just be quick. If you want a little more time, solve the photographer’s problem near the greenhouse or the undertaker’s problem near the cemetery to keep Alexa occupied for a while.

Method 3: Steal Rebecca and Fernsby’s tokens

The final way to get the case file is to not get the case file at all. There’s actually another copy stored in a safe deposit box in New York (which you can figure out by listening to some of the NPCs around Thornbridge Manor). There are a few different ways to hear about the other copy — spying on Fernsby while he’s talking to Alexa, spying on Rebecca, or spying on the two bodyguards at the front of the mansion.

There are two tokens for the safe deposit box, one held by Rebecca and another held by Fernsby. You’ll need to subdue or eliminate them to get the tokens, and unsurprisingly, they’re very difficult to get alone.

Getting Rebecca’s token

Rebecca patrols back and forth between the sitting room and the trophy room, passing through a hallway where a housekeeper roams. The problem is that the doors to the trophy room and sitting room are both made of glass, and Rebecca — very rudely — leaves them open when passing back and forth.

The safest way to handle her is with poison. Go to the kitchen to pick up some rat poison, then go back to the trophy room to poison a water bottle on the table (while the guard is looking away). Follow Rebecca into the bathroom after she takes a drink, then subdue her. She’ll drop the token.

There is a faster way, though. There’s a single guard in the trophy room. Subdue him once Rebecca leaves, only moving his body a little (you won’t have enough time to fully hide it). Shortly after, Rebecca will walk in and stand in the middle of the room. Subdue her, and then hide both bodies in the chest in the room. Just be aware of the housekeeper in the hall and the guard outside the trophy room. They shouldn’t spot you if you’re careful.

Getting Fernsby’s token

Fernsby is a little more difficult.  He patrols between the first and second floor normally, though he’ll go back and forth between the entryway and the library if you’ve started the investigation. There are two ways to deal with him. The first is to follow him along his path until he’s relatively alone, then subdue him. The middle of the stairs in the library is a good place to do this.

Alternatively, you can knock down the chandelier in the entryway. Fernsby will return to a spot just under the chandelier in the entryway, and while he’s there, you can shoot the chain to knock it down on top of him. You won’t be recognized for knocking down the chandelier (as long as no one sees you), but be aware of the sound of your gun, and be ready to quickly dart to a different part of the mansion.

After the accident, head down and pick up the token.

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