I've waxed poetic about keyboard shortcuts (for both my computer and for Gmail) but I know some of you may have a hard time remembering the commands. If you were born with a bad memory, or just get the commands you do remember mixed up with others, there is help. Help in the form of this iMac Apple Shortcuts Sticker ($24), which lives right on your iMac's (or Cinema Display's) stand.All the basic Mac commands are at your fingertips, so you can open Apple this, and open Apple that till your project is done. Kinda makes you want to DIY one of your own, doesn't it? You can buy printable sticker paper at your local office supply store or online, but if you're crafty, you can attempt the homemade kind.
When your phone is locked, the double-click controls your phone's iPod. I use this new tip to control my iPhone when it's unlocked. Under the "settings" menu, select "general" and then "home." The screen displayed allows you to control which function displays when you double-click the home button: home, search, favorites, camera, or iPod. I like to keep my phone set to bring up the camera when I double-click. That way, I'm sure to never miss a shot!
Do you have a helpful iPhone tip you'd love to share? Then head over to our community and post it to our iPhone Tips group where you can share your tips and tell us why they make your life easier. Your handy trick could be featured on GeekSugar!
Just hold down the control button, and scroll up with your mouse, and your screen will magnify for easy viewing. It's like getting one of those remote controls with massive buttons so you can see what you're pressing. Except, you know, it's your computer screen. Man, I'm getting old.
The uber helpful Tinyurl is great for sending shortened links to friends and posting on Twitter, but it sure does take a lot of steps to complete the task. First you have to copy the link, go to Tinyurl, paste, make your link tiny, then go back over to your Twitter page (or email draft, IM, whatever) and paste the shortened link. Sounds like a lot of steps, right?With the new Firefox extension called Social Whale, the process of shortening a URL has been reduced to two steps. Yes, two. Social Whale is free to download to Firefox, and adds a small whale icon to the bottom right of your browser for safe keeping. Once you're on a page you want to link to, all you have to do is click on the whale icon, and Social Whale automatically shortens the link and copies it to your clipboard. Then, the only thing you have to do is paste the link into your email, IM, or Twitter page. You're then free to continue your web browsing, knowing you just saved yourself like a whole 10 to 20 seconds of time. Personally, I need all the time I can get.
But Social Whale isn't just a one-trick pony. See what else it can do, when you read more
I love learning quick shortcuts for various applications, especially when it means I don't have to use my mouse to adjust settings, etc. To quickly adjust the volume in iTunes, just place your mouse arrow over the top of the horizontal volume bar. Rather than clicking the bar to adjust the volume, just scroll up and down. Also, if you need to quickly pause a song, make sure your iTunes window is open and click your space bar. This will instantly stop your music. I suggest giving them both a try!
I have mixed feelings about this list of 10 things you can stop cleaning right now. Some of the solutions are smart, but others focus on disposing of things rather than washing them, creating waste. But since I can always use more easy homemaking ideas, I decided to devote an Open House to your house-cleaning shortcuts.
What tips do you have for quicker house-cleaning with little waste? Share yours in the comments section below, and next week, I'll compile our own CasaSugar list of house-cleaning hints. Let the open house begin!
Finding the time to sit down and enjoy all your fave shows is difficult enough without having to spend crucial viewing time navigating your way through TiVo menu screens! Here are some navigation shortcuts to help you get to the important TiVo stuff easier and quicker.
- TiVo+TiVo = Now Playing List
- TiVo+0 = Plays the boot animation
- TiVo+1 = Season Pass Manager
- TiVo+2 = To Do List
- TiVo+3 = WishList Search
- TiVo+4 = Search by Title
- TiVo+5 = Browse by Channel
- TiVo+6 = Browse by Time
- TiVo+7 = Record Time/Channel
- TiVo+8 = TiVo Suggestions
- TiVo+9 = Showcases