From The Tips Box: iPhone Contractions, Toolbar Bookmarklets

Readers offer their best tips for typing quick contractions on the iPhone, using a bookmarklet without the bookmark bar, and creating quick jumplists based on the desktop in Windows 7.

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 lifehacker.com.au.

Quick Contractions on the iPhone/iPod Touch

matt.zambelli tells us how to quickly tell the iPhone whether to insert a contraction:

On an iPhone, if you're typing a word that is common in both contraction and non-contraction form (such as its/it's, or well/we'll), iPhone will auto-correct to the contraction form if you type the last letter of the word an extra time ("welll" corrects to "we'll", for example)

This doesn't work every time, and I haven't figured out the pattern of when it does or doesn't — but in general, as long as you're in the middle of a sentence, it should work just fine.

Use Home Button for Bookmark-Bar Free Bookmarklets

Matt lets us know how he uses the one bookmarklet he likes without having to show his whole bookmark bar:

I've always loved Instapaper but I don't use bookmarks otherwise, so I hated having the entire bookmarks bar clogging up my screen's real estate. I just figured out a simple fix that allows you to get the best of both worlds. Install the Instapaper bookmarklet, then copy the javascript in the bookmark and set it as your home page in your browser. Now the home page button (which I never used) sends pages to my Instapaper account and I can hide the bookmarks bar so my browser stays minimal and functional, just the way I like it!

Create Quick Jumplists from the Desktop in Windows 7

soldastic shows us how to create a jumplist based on your desktop in Windows 7:

Create folders representing different groups of programs on your desktop. Like "programming" might have Eclipse, iPhone sdk, whatever in it and "academics" might have an ebook reader or something for your class work. Then right click start menu, go to tool bars, and check the 'Desktop' tool bar. Instant secondary start menu that is all yours purely customizable. Another launch bar menu method thingy.

Put Liquid Back in Toiletry Bottles When Oversqueezed

andyman80 tells us how he keeps from wasting toiletries:

More often than not, I oversqueeze the bottles of my toiletries; toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners and others of the like.

Instead of wasting and washing them out, I find that I can use the vacuum from the bottle to suck back excess liquid that I don't need.

I do this by tapping the bottle so that all the contents fall to the bottom and partially squeezing the bottle while upright (with the contents at the bottom). Then put the mouth of the bottle onto the excess liquid then stop squeezing and the vacuum will do the rest.

Furthermore, after the bottle appears to be empty, cut it in half with some scissors — you'd be surprised by how much is left in there and how many more days you can get by without having to buy a new bottle of whatever it is you're using.


Comments

    I'm looking for tips to override iPhone capitalisations:

    msg -> MSG
    reading -> Reading

    and also to force cases like nsw -> NSW. (This used to work automatically but some firmware update clobbered it).

      My "reading" doesn't capitalise unless it's at the start of a sentence. Maybe you have a friend with the name Reading or something? That seems strange.

      The fact that the iPhone automatically fixes "hell" to be "he'll" also annoys me.

        Does it annoy the he'll out of you?

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