From The Tips Box: Remembering Tips, Proofreading, Volume Control

Readers offer their best tips for remembering tech tips and tricks, proofreading text without printing it out, and adjusting volume control for specific programs.

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Make a Cheat Sheet for Tips and Tricks

Conn09 lets us know how he remembers all the tips and tricks he gets on sites like Lifehacker:

Just a very quick tip for everyone out there that constantly forget certain computer fixes or such, simply make a new document and name it Cheat sheet, then just fill that document with lots of computer tips or otherwise, so next time you need to use one you won't have to go scouring through web pages looking for the tip. If you want to go one step further then you can organise them into sections, i.e security tips, general tips etc. Then i just save it to my Dropbox folder to keep it synced across all my devices.

Remove WYSIWYG Formatting to Proofread Text Without Printing

Mabool shares another way to change the look of text for more effective proofreading:

When correcting a text, some people like to print it out, because they feel they can spot the mistakes better. This is just a shift of paradigm, just like when you spot a mistake after you click submit on a forum. To properly spell check without killing trees, use the "plan" mode on your text processor, or any mode that removes the WYSIWYG formatting. This has the added benefit or removing useless (for now) information from the screen that your brain would still process otherwise.

Another example this would be to open it up in something like WriteRoom, which will greatly change the paradigm and allow you to see other things in the text.

Control Volume on a Per-Application Basis

Os shows us how to give different volume levels to different programs in Windows 7:

Right click on the speaker icon on taskbar and choose "Open Volume Mixer". You should see volume sliders for "Device", "Applications" and one for each sound capable application. Now you can mute Google Chrome so you won't be distracted by Google Mail Checkers' chiming alerts while watching your favourite TV show on Hulu Desktop.

Hide the Buzz Label By Dragging and Dropping

@markmilian tells us an easy way to hide Buzz from Gmail quickly:

Just accidentally discovered you can drag the Buzz button in Gmail into Labels to hide it. A tip for you minimalists/OCDs.


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