From The Tips Box: Tangled Necklaces, Browser Plugins, Grid Spacing

Readers offer their best tips for untangling necklace chains, increasing grid spacing in Mac OS X, and speeding up your browser.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.

Untangle Knotted Necklace Chains with Windex

Photo by Ginny.

Java-Princess shares a clever method for untangling a metal chain:

Lifehacker's recent tip about undoing a tight knot prompted me to share this. I don't know if it is well known but I discovered it independently of those folk-wisdom people.

If you have a fine silver/gold necklace that has got knotted up and your boyfriend doesn't have the patience required to untangle it for you, you could do worse than the following.

Drop a little Windex on the knotted parts then put it in a (preferably) metal container in top of your washing machine or other vibrating object of your choice for the duration. The Windex lubricates the necklace and the constant vibration shakes the chain loose enough that you can then do the rolling between your fingers trick to pull it apart.

Disable Browser Plugins for a Faster Startup

KBS tells us about a tweak that'll speed up your browser:

Your browser will start much faster and even may run faster if you disable the rarely used plugins and add-ons. Enabling the plugins will only require page refresh whereas add-on requires browser restart.

You can check your startup time to see how much time you have saved using About Startup.

I didn't have to many plugins installed, but it looks like KBS did, so your mileage may vary.

Increase Mac OS X's Grid Spacing for Longer File Names

Audiopocalypse shares a quick tip for the Mac OS X desktop:

If file names are getting cut off on your desktop, you can increase their visibility by increasing the Grid spacing in the View Options. (Right click on the Desktop > Show View Options > Grid Spacing)


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