From The Tips Box: Force Quick Shutdowns, Evernote Tricks

Lifehacker readers show us how to force our computers to shutdown quickly, how we can stick Evernote links into other applications, and how chocolate guzzling makes for a sweet iPhone stand.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox (tips at, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption.

Force a Quick Shutdown Using the Command Prompt

John has a tip for those who are in a rush:

This isn't so much a productivity tip as it is handy. I don't know about you, but I have often found myself twiddling my thumbs and staring at my desktop empty handed after clicking start->shutdown. The most useful trick for this is just to pop up a CMD prompt and type:

"shutdown –s –f –t 0"

The –s, means shutdown, -t 0 means "NOW," and –f (the real magic), means "force," meaning it will put an abrupt stop to any running process and shutdown the computer. I've found this take-no-prisoners shutdown useful when some cycle-hungry background process won't stop itself appropriately.

It's important to realise this shouldn't be your regular shutdown method because any unsaved work will be lost by its aggressive nature.

Insert Links to Evernote Notes in Other Applications

Guillaume tells us about how we can include Evernote links in most applications:

I've recently come across a nice tip to insert a clickable link to any Evernote note in any application. This can be pretty useful, for instance to link a more complete note to a task you have entered in your favourite GTD app.

If you try to drag-and-drop a note from Evernote to the desktop, a folder, or an application, this won't work. But with a few clicks, you can achieve that:

Once your note is completed, go to Spotlight and search it. Click on show all and on the search results window, you will see your note appearing as "pXXXX.evernote". You can drag-and-drop this file to any application you want.

Pictured is an example of a note I entered in Things, the GTD app I use.

Convert Your Mailing List Subscriptions to an RSS Feed

Sam tells us how he keeps his mailing lists out of his inbox: lets you create "drop" that allow you to share files, collect email, host comments and subscribe to via RSS. When prompted for an email address when signing up for a mailing list, I always give the address of of one of my drops. I can then subscribe to the drop via Google Reader, and keep my inbox free of clutter. Unlike temporary email drops like Mailinator, doesn't delete older emails.

Open Specific Files Faster with Launchy

Pat wrote in with a neat use for Launchy:

Fresh from a rebuild of my laptop, I discovered that I hadn't backed up my RocketDock settings, and had to reconstruct my dock from memory. I'm a big fan of Launchy for app launch, but had been using RocketDock mostly for shortcuts to launch specific files I use regularly, as I couldn't find a way to add specific filenames to Launchy's catalog.

Rather than use the RocketDock this time, I simply created a new folder in my Start Menu (i.e. "LaunchyFiles"), and placed shortcuts directly to those frequently-used files in it, giving them short, meaningful names for quick access. My file shortcuts are now just an Alt+Space away too!

The Sweetest iPhone Stand We've Seen Today

We applaud iJoe for his ingenuity and braveness. He had to eat an entire box of Toblerone to have a quick iPhone stand.

We've seen many time-consuming stands, but what have you done to keep your phones or music players upright in a pinch?


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