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Mar 1, 2021 - 7:19:07 PM



50 posts since 10/31/2009

Would like to play some of the tabs in the tab library, but this new computer says it cannot play them. Can someone tell me what needs to be downloaded to do this? Thanks, Bob...

Mar 1, 2021 - 7:55:34 PM

2443 posts since 5/2/2012

What kind of computer do you have? What file format do the tabs you want to download (pdf, tabledit, etc.)? What operating system (OS) does it use? My new(er) PC has the Windows 10S operating system ("S" for secure) and I can't download the Tabledit program on the computer so I can't download and use tabs in that format. Can download tabs in pdf format, but that's it.

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:50:34 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


25735 posts since 8/3/2003

If you're trying to download .tef files you will need to download TefView (a free version of Tabledit). If you're trying to open other software, you need to download that particular software.

Go here: and find the software you need to download and then see if you can download, listen and print. Some software is free or has a demo, some you have to purchase.

If you have the correct software and still can't download, then perhaps your virus protector is set too high. Check that and see if you can lower the setting.

I'm sure other, more computer literate people will chime in with other ideas.

Hope you get it figured out.

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:54:45 AM
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9413 posts since 7/1/2006

I think Sherry's post above pretty much sums it up. Most tabs here would be in the .tef format, I think, and they offer a free viewer.

Some tabs are posted as .pdf files which should offer no issues at all.

If the OP is still having issues, it would be helpful to post a link to a specific tab that is giving issues, so others here can help identify the problem.

Mar 2, 2021 - 9:35:41 AM

2118 posts since 1/21/2003

OP wants to "play" the tabs, so he needs Tefview if tef is the format of the tab he wants, or one of the others on the page Sherry links to. PDF wont help play anything, but agree Frank banjoy it would be best to specify a tab he wants to "play".

BTW, thisoldman , you can get your computer out of the "S" mode if you want to download non-Microsoft programs. Just Google "drop the s from win 10" and you will get links, such as :

Mar 2, 2021 - 10:22:25 AM
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2443 posts since 5/2/2012

Thanks for the tag rickhayes I looked into getting out of the S mode shortly after I bought the computer, but it's a one way street, so I opted to stick with the "S" mode. I was able to find a audio editor that was based on Audacity, which was a good thing. And if I get desperate, I can always check out tef files on my Android phone, a pared down version, but at least I can listen to the tune and see the tab.

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