From The Tips Box: Page Breaks, Drying Delicates, Fresh Flowers

Readers offer their best tips for skipping pages in Microsoft Word, removing excess water from delicate clothes, and keeping flowers fresh.

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

Skip to the Next Page in Word with a Keyboard Shortcut

Prarie Moon lets us know of a shortcut for resuming your writing on a new page:

If you're nearing the end of a page in Word, you might decide to stop typing there and resume your document on the next page. If so, then maybe your first impulse is to press the return key until you get there. Ctrl+ENTER will save you a few key presses.

Spin Delicates in a Salad Spinner Before Hang Drying

Photo by Bruce Turner.

Gale tells us an easy way to get water out of clothes before hang drying them:

Instead of wringing your more delicate clothes out, give them a quick go in your salad spinner before you hang them up. It's a quick, easy, and gentle way to get the water out of them.

Keep Flowers Fresh with a Damp Paper Towel

Photo by di_the_huntress.

Stephen shows us a good way to keep flowers fresh if you don't have a vase handy:

Just got some beautiful roses for Mother's Day, but don't have any way to keep them fresh till you can pick up a vase? Try cutting about a 1/2" off of the bottom of the stem, then wrapping it with a damp paper towel followed by a piece of foil. The damp paper towel provides water for a short while, and the foil keeps it in place and keeps water from leaking all over. I've used this as a temporary way to keep grocery store (read: not 100% fresh) flowers without a vase for as long as two and a half days without any signs of wilting or roses opening up.


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