From The Tips Box: Disk Cleanup, Twitter Gestures, Email Addresses

Readers offer their best tips for running Windows’ disk cleanup, using trackpad gestures in Twitter for Mac, and creating professional-sounding email addresses.

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

Create Disk Cleanup Presets with the Command Prompt

PrairieMoon gives us a bit more control over Windows’ Disk Cleanup:

For anybody who still uses Disk Cleanup and wants a little more granular control over it, here’s an old tip that started life on XP, but may have been around on older NT based systems as well.

At a Run dialog, type:

cleanmgr /sageset:1

Up will come DC with the list of things you can check or uncheck. Once you’ve picked what lives or dies, click OK.

Next time, type:

cleanmgr /sagerun:1

Off the cleaner goes,to work over whatever items you chose.

You can assign another number for another type of cleanup if you want. E.g.

cleanmgr /sagerun:2 might be more or less agressive about cleaning, depending on what you chose with cleanmgr /sageset:2

Could fall under ‘why bother’ considering other cleaners that are around now, but who knows.

You can even create shortcuts for the different lists of destroyables you have. Just always make sure to use sageset before applying its settings to sagerun.

Use Three-Finger Trackpad Gestures in Twitter for OS X

Cinnamonster discovers a few hidden gestures in Twitter:

In Twitter for OS X, 3 finger gestures do cool things. On a regular tweet, it goes to the profile of the tweeter. On a conversation, it goes to conversation view. On a tweet with a link, it opens link in browser. The back gesture will go back.

If you’re on OS X Lion, you’ll need to hold Option while swiping.

Add Acronyms to Email Addresses with Common Names

Java-Princess helps common-named folk get their own professional-looking email address:

If you want a professional looking email address which includes your name but find that all variants of your name have been taken at your fave email provider then consider adding inc, ltd, llc, or some other short acronym or standard abbreviation to the end of your name, even BSc or etc – even if you’re not one of the above entities no one will check. For example [email protected].

This is pretty useful if you have one of those titles, though I wouldn’t personally use one if I didn’t. Though, of course, this can go anywhere — if you own the domain to your name, you could even doing something like “[email protected]”.

View Windows Jumplists by Clicking and Dragging

E1M0 shares an extra way to open up Windows 7 jumplists:

A rather useless Windows 7 goody; if you click an icon in the task bar, and drag it towards the screen, the jumplists for the icon appear. One could just right click it, but it certainly is more fun to drag stuff around.

Like he said, it’s no fewer clicks than just right-clicking on the icon, but good to know I suppose. Especially useful if your keyboard trackpad’s right clicking is misbehaving.

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