From The Tips Box: Email Hotkeys, Missing Socks, Coffee Stirrers

From The Tips Box: Email Hotkeys, Missing Socks, Coffee Stirrers

Readers offer their best tips on opening up an Outlook template with a simple hotkey, keeping socks together, and repurposing coffee parts.

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Open an Outlook Template with a Keyboard Shortcut

Pfepher saves time by creating shortcuts to email templates:

I send the same email multiple times a day, so I’ve created a keyboard short-cut.

Step 1: create an email template in Outlook or whatever mail client you use

Step 2: create a desktop shortcut to said email template

Step 3: create the keyboard shortcut

– right click shortcut and click “properties”

-select the Shortcut tab

-click in the “Shortcut key” box

-type your desired shortcut key combo.

I tried Ctrl+]but it automatically assigned it Ctrl+Alt+]

Now I don’t need to leave my “templates” folder open all day or minimize all windows to get to my desktop, I just Ctrl+Alt+]and voile’! The email opens.

Wash Socks in Mesh Laundry Bags to Keep from Losing Them

Photo by Ruthanne Reid.

Barry keeps all his socks together by washing them together:

Buy, or make, a couple of medium-sized zippered mesh laundry bags. They are sometimes called lingerie bags. Put them in your closet, near the laundry basket, or close to where ever you take off your socks. Designate one of the bags for white socks, and one for dark socks. If you have more variations, get more bags. When you take your socks off, put them in the appropriate bag. When it’s time to do laundry, zip up the bag and throw it in the wash with your similarly-colored clothes. Leave the socks zipped up in the bag even when you put clothes in the dryer. When the clothes are dry, pull the socks out, pair them, and put them away… Simple.

I’ve been doing this for about two years and I’m yet to lose a sock. Before this it felt like I lost one a week!

Use Coffee Stirrers with Compressed Air Cans

Photo by Joshin Yamada.

UnderwearEyes remarks on Twitter how she repurposes coffee stirrers for missing parts:

Brent lost the plastic tube that comes with the compressed gas duster cans. So I gave him a coffee stirrer. Take that Lifehacker!

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