From The Tips Box: Android Shortcuts, Cable Catchers, Wine Glasses

From The Tips Box: Android Shortcuts, Cable Catchers, Wine Glasses

Readers offer their best tips for finding Android’s keyboard shortcuts and making quick cable catchers for your desk.

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Hold Menu to View Android’s Keyboard Shortcuts

LeftClicker lets us know how to see an app’s shortcuts for phones with physical keyboards:

In Android’s Browser, press Menu to bring up the app’s menu, then hold the Menu button down. The keyboard shortcuts for the menu functions will pop up.

I tested this in a few apps, and it seems to work for most. Note that not all functions have keyboard shortcuts, though.

Use Paper Clips and a Magnet as Cable Catchers

0dyss3us shares his custom cable catcher:

I really like the whole hooplah over binder clips, but they’ve never worked with my system for cable management. So I set out to come up with my own system.

I am always travelling, so I needed something that could allow cords to be removed fairly easily. I also wanted the ease of cords always being at your fingertips. And I really wanted them out of the way.

So I cut up some paperclips and wrapped them around the cords, not too tightly of course. Then I constructed a hanger of sorts from another paperclip. I hang it off the side of my desk, attach a magnet to the hanger, and then I can hang all my cords off the magnet.

Easy on, Easy off.

Keep Wine Glasses From Slipping Off Racks with Bulldog Clips

Alice Xie shows us how she keeps her wine glasses safely on their racks:

I just installed a wine glass rack that fits under my kitchen cabinets, but I was hesitant to use it since the outermost glass seemed to be always in danger of slipping off. Inspiration hit when I realised I could use bulldog clips to keep them in place!

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