From The Tips Box: Window Zooming, Travel Toiletries, Alarms

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Zoom In on Windows With Your Scroll Wheel

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Lhamil64 shares an AutoHotkey script for zooming in with the scroll wheel:

In Windows 7, there isn't a native scroll-to-zoom function. You have to use Win+ and Win- to zoom with Magnifyer. I created a very simple Autohotkey script that enables pressing Alt and scrolling up or down to zoom.

I uploaded the source and exe file to my website. I just noticed a small bug, it scrolls the current window as if you weren't holding Alt, but it still works.

If you don't want to download the files and have autohotkey installed, you can copy the following code into a .ahk file:

!WheelUp::send {LWin down}{NumpadAdd}{LWin up}

!WheelDown::send {lwin down}{NumpadSub}{lwin up}

I give credit to AeroZoom's source for the code on pressing the Win+ and Win- keys, as the code I tried using would type a plus into the active text field while zooming in.

Use Contact Lens Cases as Travel Toiletry Containers

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Aim4WhirledPeas shares a clever use for travelling:

I'm travelling to a conference this weekend, and was trying to figure out how to make my carry-on TSA compliant. The one thing I was getting hung up on was bringing a tiny amount of hair pomade with me (I only need a finger tip amount!). The full size jar is massive, which would limit me from taking any other liquids in my 1 qt ziploc. I realised that I could fill up an old contact case with pomade, and voila! Single-serving packet that won't make a mess and doesn't take up much space.

Use a Socket Timer to Create a Cheap Light-Based Alarm

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Aceofheartless shares a better way to make a light-based alarm clock:

If you want an alarm clock that wakes you up with light, but can't/don't want to afford one of the fancy ones designed to do that, just buy a socket timer and use a lamp!

Get Free Magnets from Broken Gamepads

Photo by Rich Terrell.

Rich shows us another way to get free magnets:

If you have a busted XBox controller - and I won't go into specifics on how that might happen - let's just say that they're only impact resistant up to a point - you might as well get some use out of it. Crack that baby open and pull out the A-X-B-Y buttons. There's a recess in the bottom that's perfect for gluing a small magnet. Then use them to leave not-so-subtle hints on the fridge.


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    Isn't Rich telling us how to make fridge magnets? Not get free ones...

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