From The Tips Box: Calendar Time Zones, Nested Labels

From The Tips Box: Calendar Time Zones, Nested Labels

Readers offer their best tips for adding events to Google Calendar outside your time zone, expanding nested labels in Gmail, and autocompleting arguments in the Terminal.

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. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Add a Time Zone to Google Calendar Quick Add

Google Calendar recently updated their system to make changing event time zones simpler, and reader njefferson shows us that this has also been added to the Quick Add function:

Adding appointments to Google Calendar, I used to manually convert the time zone changes for online meetings. I just realised today that, using “Quick Add” I can type in the time with the time zone specified, and it will alter it for my calendar.

“Meeting 7 Feb at 0700 EST” changes to my time zone, and loads the appointment correctly for me. No more manual calculating.

This also works when you’re adding events from your address bar.

Expand All Nested Labels at Once in Gmail

Rahul shares a workaround for expanding all your Gmail nested labels at once:

By Default Gmail does not expand all the nested labels in your account and if you have a lot of nested labels and don’t want to expand each of them individually then try this –

Log into Gmail – Click on Contacts on the Upper Left and then Click on Mail on the upper left again – When you return to your Mail view all Nested Labels will have expanded.

Remove Terminal’s Case Sensitivity in Autocomplete

Reaper lets us know how to rid Linux of its case sensitivity with autocomplete:

One of the things I envied most from the cmd in windows was the ability to Tab complete files and folders without having to worry about the case. So I dug around and found that there is a way around this, as in Linux most things always do!

Adding set completion-ignore-case on to /etc/inputrc changes this, for bash at least. So now, if I type cd doc and hit Tab, the folder ‘Documents’ is now one of he options available!


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