From The Tips Box: Laptop Stands, Reminder Key Clips

Readers offer their best tips for turning a mini fridge shelf into a laptop stand, reminding yourself of things to bring with you with your keys, and remembering email attachments.

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? Email it to tips at

Use a Mini Fridge Shelf as a Laptop Stand

Photo by Robyn Gallagher.

Ben Molnar shares his multitasking household item for his laptop:

I pulled a shelf from the mini fridge in my dorm that was getting in my way and used it as a makeshift macbook stand. It's not that awesome, but it allows air to flow under my mac and stop it from getting quite so hot.

Use a Key Clip to Remember Items to Bring With You

Keith tweaks the "leave your keys with your stuff" tip to remember what to bring when he leaves:

I often find myself forgetting to take something (mail, checkbook, etc.) with me when I leave the house. I have tried keeping the item with my keys or wallet, but I still often pick them up and leave the item behind. I now have a small binder clip on my key ring and when I have something to take with me like a letter to mail, I can clip it to my keys making it next to impossible to forget it when I leave.

Add Reminder to Email Headers to Remember Attachments

Nicholas lets us know how he remembers his attachments in email:

I usually add attachments to my email the moment I know I'll need to, so I don't forget. But sometimes I need to attach after composing (if, for example, I'm writing an email but haven't quite finished working on the attachment).

To remind myself to add the attachment, I add "add attachment" to the To line of the email. If I forget, and try to send the email, Gmail will throw up a popup letting me know that one of my email addresses has a problem, and I'll be reminded to attach the file! (With Gmail, you don't even need to delete the other email addresses - Gmail will block the email if any of the addresses appear to have a problem. With other email clients, you may need to replace all the email addresses with "add attachment".)


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