Readers offer their best tips for adding formatting to text, downloading links on OS X, and logging into Facebook quickly from your phone.
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? Send it through the contact form at the right or add it in the comments.
Format Text With Keyboard Shortcuts, No Highlighting Necessary
Ikjadoon discovers a trick for formatting certain text:
You don't have to select a word to underline it!
Just put the cursor within the word and CTRL+U and, BOOM, the word is highlighted (with no extra spaces, which is prone to happen when trying to select it). Works on OneNote 2010, probably lots of others.
Some of you may already know this (I certainly did — Oz ed), but I was shocked. Worked for me in LibreOffice. (And similarly, Ctrl-I italicises the whole word, and Ctrl-B bolds.)
Option-Click Links In OS X To Download Them
Ben Mordecai shares a handy browser shortcut in OS X:
OS X tip: Option+click on a link means "download this".
This is great on sites where you usually have to right-click on a link and hit "Save Link As".
Log In To Facebook Using Your Phone Number
Jonathan Chu tells us a quicker way to log in to Facebook:
If you've got a phone registered with Facebook, you can log on using that phone number instead of an email address, saving yourself a few extra keystrokes.
This has been around for a while and is pretty obvious, but I never realised that doing this would probably be faster than typing in your address. Pretty handy.
Link to Specific Facebook, Twitter And Other Posts by Clicking the Timestamp
Googeling shows us how to link directly to certain Facebook posts:
I'm not sure if everyone knows this but on Facebook, to get the permalink to a wall post, the link can be obtained by pointing your cursor at the timestamp below the post. Can be useful when you want to view the post in a separate tab/window without wading through the other stuff on the poster's page or your own page which can be a distraction.
This is actually a very popular thing; it also works on Twitter, Google+, and a ton of other sites. I imagine it's pretty well-known, but in case it isn't...here it is!