From The Tips Box: Closing Windows, Quick Look, Contact Lenses

Readers offer their best tips for quitting programs in Windows, saving money on contact lenses solution, and running OS X's Quick Look feature in the background.

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Adjust Dual Monitors for Easier Window Closing

Modmatt2 lets us know how he closes windows with dual monitors:

When using multiple monitors at the same height, adjust the right monitor just a few pixels lower in the monitor configuration.(In Windows' monitor configuration menu use Ctrl+cursor buttons to move your monitor pixel by pixel).

Now you have a corner right in the spot where the close button of windows usually is. That makes pointing at this often used spot a lot easier. Simply push your mouse to the upper right and you're there. No need for fancy tools, that slow down your mouse cursor when reaching the edge of one monitor.

As long as u don't use windows stretched across multiple monitors this little pixel difference wont interfere with your workflow.

Run Quick Look in the Background for Files on a Network

Prince shares a way to use Quick Look tolisten to music files in the background, as long as they are on a networked drive:

They said it couldn't be done, but if you store your mp3s on another networked computer, hit spacebar to play it in quicklook and switch to another window while it's loading it will still load and you can freely switch between any window you have open.

This is very useful if you want to preview music on one computer before bringing it over into your main library.

Save Money by Using Smaller Contact Lens Cases

Photo by Lee J Haywood.

Adam shares his blog post on why you're probably spending too much on contact solution:

Quite some time ago I noticed that the frequency at which I was purchasing contact lens solution had increased, but I couldn't figure out why. I believe I recently discovered the answer, and I'm not too pleased. I learned that:

Subtle increases in the size of my contact lens case reservoirs have resulted in an increase in annual solution usage, and thus, an increase in solution purchase frequency.

After conducting a small experiment and running some numbers, I was surprised by the findings. The increase in case size from the smallest (4.5mL) to the largest (13 mL) is ~189%! This increase may account for ~$90 per year in additional solution purchases, per person.

You're better off using a smaller case like this one from Amazon.


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