From The Tips Box: Tight Collars, Lion Spotlight

Readers offer their best tips for wearing shirts that are just a bit too tight, copying calculator results from Spotlight, and making note of all the linens and tablecloths stashed away in your closet.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

Use a Rubber Band to Make Tight Dress Shirts Wearable

Photo by 2Tales.

Wjglenn shares a trick for fitting into those tight-necked dress shirts:

If you’re wearing a dress shirt and tie, but the top button makes the collar a little too tight for comfort, slip a rubber band through the button hole and loop both ends around the button. It will be covered by the tie so no one will notice. Quick fix for emergencies.

This requires a fairly small rubber band, but you can get a nice assortment bag of all shapes and sizes at discount stores — I keep one around so I always have a rubber band that fits my needs.

Copy Calculator Results in Lion Spotlight

Louis discovers a new feature in OS X Lion:

I saw this on Mac OS X Hints, and thought it was pretty cool: In Lion, you can now click and drag Spotlight results right into a text file. So, if you make a calculation from Spotlight that has a rather large number, you can click and drag it to whatever you need it for without having to copy it down or use copy/paste. Simple, but handy.

Photograph Your Linen Closet Contents for Easy Reference

Photo by Lisa Clarke.

Wjglenn shares another great household tip, this time for overflowing linen closets:

We have lots of tablecloths, napkins, and other odds and ends for decorating our table. Different seasons, different varieties. We like to entertain and we enjoy setting a pretty table.

But, we have those things stuck in a linen closet and another cabinet we use for the odds and ends and we often forget about some things we have or have to rifle through the different cabinets making decisions.

I was going through stuff getting ready for an upcoming garage sale when I had an idea.

First, I put each tablecloth on the table and took a picture. Then, I put on a white tablecloth and laid out our different napkins and napkin rings and took another picture. Then I laid out all the other things – candle holders and so on. And took a picture. You get the idea.

Now, I have pictures of everything, making it easy to get an idea of what we have and figure out a nice setting.

Next step. I’m thinking of firing up Photoshop and cutting out all the different items so I have individual pics of everything. I may even print it up to put in a binder to make it really easy to flip through.

Yeah, I know. Say what you will. I bring my geek to everything I do. And my wife adored it. 😉

Resize Chat Windows in Google+

RohanXm finds out that you can resize chat windows in Google+:

In Google+, the open chat mini-window at the bottom of you screen is resizable, but it isnt in GMail, or other Google sites. To resize it, simply mouse over the corners or edges of the box and then once the handles appear, click and hold while dragging to resize.

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