From The Tips Box: Bookmarked Addresses, Touchpad Hotkeys

From The Tips Box: Bookmarked Addresses, Touchpad Hotkeys

Readers offer their best tips for remembering addresses with your browser, assigning a hotkey to turn on and off your touchpad, and discerning when Google Chrome updates itself.

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

Store Addresses in Browser Bookmarks for Quick Access

Nathan tells us how he remembers addresses with his browser:

My browser is the one application I have open all the time. Rather than opening sites to copy and paste important snail mail addresses (like my work and insurance company addresses) or check hours of operation for my gym, the library, etc., I use the Properties dialog in Firefox’s bookmark toolbar. For sites I’ve visited more than once to confirm such details, I just paste them into the bookmark Properties. The info I need is always two clicks away, with no waiting time for pages to load, scrolling around, or even the old Ctrl-F. This is even more useful for unlisted info not available on the sites in the first place; some banks, etc. don’t list their addresses on publicly available pages, and instead they are buried deep in password-protected, member-only areas. What a pain in the arse when I just want to address a letter.

Use AutoHotkey to Quickly Enable and Disable Touchpads

Photo by Thomas Ott.

Platypus Man shows us how he keeps his touchpad from being a nuisance:

So, I was looking for a way to disable or enable my touchpad with a hotkey. The Synaptics drivers I’m using does have an option to disable the touchpad when an external mouse is present, but re-enabling it when the mouse is disconnected takes too long for my tastes. I tried looking through the registry to find some keys I could change to turn it on and off, but I could only find indicators of its status, but changing those alone didn’t actually enable or disable the touchpad. Because of this, I had to go through the mouse settings and manually toggle the “Enable” or “Disable” switch. It’s not as pretty or ideal as a registry tweak or something from the command line, but it works for me. I don’t know if it’ll work with the other drivers, so your mileage may vary.

Anyway, it’s an AutoHotkey script that uses Win+Z (it was the best hotkey I could come up with that I wasn’t already using; it’s easy to change) to manually open the mouse settings, toggle if the touchpad is enabled or disabled, and then save the settings. Here you go:



RegRead, Status, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, SoftwareSynapticsSynTPTouchPadPS2, DisableDevice

RunWait main.cpl

If Status = 0 ;if it’s enabled

Send {Down}

If Status = 1 ;if it’s disabled

Send {Up}

Send {Enter}



Change Chrome’s Icon to Tell When it Updates

pizzaazzip discovers how to keep himself aware of Chrome’s secret updates:

Google Chrome updates itself silently as many of us know so I change the icon of Chrome on my desktop so when it changes back to the default, I know it has updated itself.

Open Windows Explorer into My Computer by Default

abbanazi lets us know how to give Explorer its old method of opening back:

If you don’t like the default nature of windows 7 opening explorer in the libraries section, and prefer the age old opening of my computer instead, right click on the desktop and create a new shortcut, set the target location to ‘ C:windowsexplorer.exe /e, ‘ ( with C: being the default operating system partition) and then pin it to the taskbar.


  • The bookmark idea is good but will actually slow down the browser if you keep filling up the ‘description’ field.

    For the touchpad, why not just hit ‘function key’ + ‘F7’.

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