From The Tips Box: Copy And Paste, Garbage Bags, Credit Card Labels

Readers offer their best tips for quick copying and pasting, getting trash bags out of the can and finding credit cards quickly in your wallet.

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. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at lifehacker.com.au.

Assign Copy and Paste to Extra Mouse Buttons

Illya.Starikov shares a great use for those extra mouse buttons:

Using a Logitech mouse, I've assigned clipboard copy command to wheel-tilt-click-left and clipboard past to wheel-tilt-click-right. This saves very much time and allows very relaxed copy-pasting.

Platypus Man mentions you can do this in AutoHotkey by adding WheelLeft::^c and WheelRight::^v to your script.

Drill Holes in Trash Cans to Reduce Suction

Photo by Kevin Dooley.

BookGirl shows us a way to keep garbage bags from getting stuck in the bin:

Constantly fighting to remove full trash bags from the trash can? If you're not worried about keeping the thing leak proof, drill some holes in the bottom. Suction!

Our own Jason Fitzpatrick also adds that you might even be better off drilling them in the side of the can, near the bottom.

Add Coloured Tags to Credit Cards for Easy Searching

Barbara lets us know how she avoids shuffling through her wallet all the time:

Ever spend time rooting through your cards in your purse or wallet, trying to find the right one? About 80% of the time I pull out my credit card and hand it to a salesperson, they look at the tag and say, "That is SUCH a good idea!" I use Post-It Durable Index Tabs (item # 686-RYB for old school red-yellow-blue, or 686-PGO if you prefer rainbow sherbet), write on them with a sharpie (and tape over the writing with scotch tape, so it doesn't rub off). In my purse, I have all the cards together, and just riffle briefly through the tabs to find the one I need; you can even colour code them, if you're feeling that organized. So far they've stuck well for over a year. On cards that never get inserted fully in a machine (like my ID), I taped the tag on with scotch tape. I've only tagged a few favorites-about six is a good number, don't get carried away-and it speeds things up a lot.

Some enterprising credit card company should consider issuing preprinted tags with all their new cards-especially if they could find a way to ensure the tag wouldn't come off in an ATM or other suck-the-entire-card-in type machine...after all, the card you can find is the card you will use!

IMPORTANT NOTE: These might possibly fall off in an ATM (or other machine that sucks in the entire card) and jam the machine. I've always removed the tab before inserting the card, just to be certain that doesn't happen.

Use Candle Holders for Longer-Lasting Candles

Stan writes a blog post on keeping your candles burning longer:

I recently compared the burn times of votive candles on a glass plate versus in a glass votive holder. My results show that a votive holder increases average burn time by 4 hours.

Yankee Candle suggests that a votive lasts 15 hours on average, so using a holder gives you an extra candle every 4 (3.75) candles. This holder costs $US1, so the investment is returned after 2 candles (1.875,) when priced at $US2/votive.


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