Readers offer their best tips for linking to messages in Gmail, saving files deep within your Mac’s hierarchy, and saving articles to Instapaper.
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Link to Groups of Emails with Gmail Search
PrairieMoon shares a simple way to save Gmail searches:
I don’t know who’s tried this around here. If you do a search for (whatever) in your gmail account, bookmark the list of results that come up. You all know the drill for that… should be ctrl (command?)+d for all browsers.
Next time, click that bookmark, then login, and behold your list! Better than searching over again.
You can also do this with the Quick Links Gmail Lab, but this is really useful if you’ve, say, forwarded a message to someone and want to link them to it. Just search for the subject in your inbox, copy the link, and send it to them.
Drag and Drop Folders into OS X Save Dialogs
hhbhagat1417 lets us know a much faster way to save files deep within nested folders:
On a Mac, saving a file in nested folders is a pain. To quickly save to a specific folder, navigate to the folder in finder, and Drag n’ Drop the folder icon from the finder window into the save location’s drop box.
This has been around for awhile, but was new to me—and I couldn’t find anywhere on the site where we had featured it. Pretty handy!
Save Article Descriptions in Instapaper
Samyr shares a cool, lesser-known Instapaper feature:
If you highlight text before you click your Instapaper “Read Later” bookmarklet, it will automatically save that highlighted text as the description for that page in your Instapaper account.
This is really neat if you can’t quite remember what an article is about, or if you want to remember to read a specific section of an article.
Use a Paper Clip to Keep Your Tie in Place
Evan shares an alternative to the many forms of tie clips out there:
When I don’t want to over do it with tie chains, bars, pins, or whatever, I still need my necktie to stay in place. Simple hack: use a paper clip. Keeps the tie in place, and it’s affordable, too!
Since I started using the four-in-hand knot, and the skinny end of my tie often goes longer than the thick one, I also use this method to pin the skinny end up. I’ve found that while paper clips work OK, if you can get your hand on a bobby pin or two, they work even better.