From The Tips Box: Launchy Keywords, Masking Tape Notes

Readers offer their best tips for using short keywords in Launchy, making low-tech reminder notes, and saving space in the bookmark bar.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, 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. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at

Using Keywords in Launchy

Patrick uses shortcuts to add a missing feature to Launchy for Windows:

This is super simple, maybe not worth a full story, but I've found a way to make keywords in Launchy (the oft criticised missing feature). Just make a new folder and put it on your desktop (or wherever) and add shortcuts to your favourite programs or anything you want to use a keyword for.

Then just rename the shortcut with the keyword as all or part of the name. Then just point Launchy to catalog its contents like any other folder and voila, you have keywords.

Use a Bookmarklet to Find Links in Other Browsers

Ryan has a quick workaround for a Firefox feature missing in other browsers:

So I was annoyed that WebKit doesn't have a find links function like Firefox 3 does. (Ed. note: In Firefox, you can search for links by pressing the single-quote key.) You can't pull up a dialog start typing, find a link, and hit enter to navigate to the page the link is pointing to. It's a huge timesaver, and you can do it all from the keyboard.

Webkit doesn't do that, so I wrote a bookmarklet that is close. Use Command/Ctrl+F, find your link (make sure the full text is highlighted) and use this bookmarklet. I use the shortcut to activate the bookmarklet: Command+4 for me. (Ed. note: Safari assigns keyboard shortcuts to keyboard shortcuts to bookmarks in the bookmarks toolbar based on their position in the toolbar.) Just thought it might help out other people.

If there is a native way to do this in Safari I would love to know.


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Use Masking Tape to Keep Notes With You

Joe explains how BlackBerries can be used for grocery lists:

Since the whole point of Lifehacker is finding ways to use technology to improve or otherwise streamline your life—I thought that some of the staff and readers would find the attached photo amusing. My wife showed me her "hack" about putting a piece of masking tape on the back of her Blackberry to write her shopping list, to do list, etc.

I asked her why she didn't just store the information IN her Blackberry (in a to-do list item, or a note) - and she said, "This way, I know where it is, and can find it when I need it".

Some people just fight technology every step of the way. I love my wife dearly, but am not sure where to even start with this one.

We may chuckle at this, but we are a fan of low-tech hacks here at Lifehacker, and there is a good little tip in this—if you're afraid of forgetting your grocery list or other such notes, tape them to something you always have with you, and you'll always have your notes with you (even if by accident).

Use Abbreviations to Save Bookmark Bar Space

Sam shows us how he keeps his bookmark bar as space-efficient as possible:

Rather than have the name of the bookmark be something like "Google Reader" and take up 13 characters of space on the bookmark bar, I shorten it to GR and put it in a Google (GG) folder in the bookmark bar. This way, the bookmark takes up about 2-3 characters of space on the bookmark bar. A single bookmark or bookmarklet is only one or two clicks away and I have all of my most often used bookmarks at hand at any moment because each takes up less space individually. Not all bookmarks are assigned folders though.

A side benefit is that a person using my computer would be less likely to stumble into sensitive material based on the name of the bookmark alone. It's far from foolproof, but it could act as a deterrent for snoopers and give me time to return to my computer.

If you're using Firefox, you can always use the Favicon Picker extension to save space—but some browsers (such as Safari) don't show favicons, and this is a suitable alternative. We'd also suggest taking things a step further and assigning keyword bookmarks for quick access to your bookmarks from the address bar.


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