From The Tips Box: Tab Duplication, Collar Stays, Cold Drinks

From The Tips Box: Tab Duplication, Collar Stays, Cold Drinks

Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for duplicating tabs in Chrome, putting together makeshift collar stays, and getting yourself a cold drink at the supermarket.

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.

Use Cmd+Enter to Duplicate a Tab in Chrome on Mac

The Inquisitive Guy shares a hidden Chrome shortcut for Mac users:

On OSX Chrome: To duplicate a tab, just use “Cmd+L” and then hit Enter/Return while holding the Command key. You need not use the manual way of right clicking the tab and then duplicating it. The keyboard shortcut seems much simpler and easier.

I can’t figure out why this doesn’t work on any other browser or OS, but for Mac/Chrome users it’s pretty cool to have.

Use Cotton Swabs as Makeshift Collar Stays

Brian shares another way to keep your collars straight when you’re in a bind:

I was just on a business trip to DC. . . I put my shirt on, and the collar was all bent out of shape. Even after ironing, it didn’t look right. I took the shirt off and went into Macgyver mode.

I began digging through my stuff to find anything that could to do the trick to make me look somewhat professional. Here is what I came up with/steps to achieve a perfect collar without stays.

You can read Brian’s full blog post here. It isn’t perfect, but with a bit of futzing, it might be presentable. Of course, you can always use a cable tie, too.

Chill Lukewarm Drinks In the Supermarket As You Shop

Yean shares a dirty little shopping trick:

If cooled beverages are expensive around town (e.g. in my case Paris), simply go to a supermarket, place a bottle in one of the freezers, wait 15min and voila: one cheaper cold beverage to go! (make sure that the staff does not spot you and do not act strange at the cash register)

This could work if you’re not travelling, obviously — just stick the can in the freezer, finish the rest of your shopping, and remember to grab it on your way out.

Photo by Cory Doctorow.

Enjoy Red Wine Without All the Alcohol

Mrjeremiahross finds a low-alcohol alternative to red wine:

If you are like me, you giggled at the recent prospect that drinking enhances creativity. Of course, spikes in BAC increase blood pressure; sulphates from wine can lead to headaches; and if you are on the verge of a belly — the excess calories will definitely push you over. Hence I propose a nice Sorrel Sangria for summer evening work sessions.

Boil hibiscus flowers (General buying loose leaf, such as at many Latino markets where they are generally labelled as “Jamaica”, may be more cost effective than purchasing in bags at specialty shops) into a “Sorrel Tea”. Now keep this cooled and available. Mix two parts tea with one part Red Wine. The unsweetened tea doesn’t degrade the red wine experience; and you don’t become too inebriated to be productive.


  • Re “Drinks In the Supermarket”: I’ve been doing this one for years – It’s especially “dirty” in Aussie supermarkets since they charge a different price for their own “chilled” equivelant drinks.

    Infact, I used to do this when I worked at Coles, so I don’t imagine the staff would have much of an issue unless they’ve got a pole where one should not be.

  • It works on other OS’s, it’s Ctrl+L to get to the urlbar and Alt+Enter to hit the URL in a new tab (this isn’t limited to duplication, you can type a new url here without starting a new tab first)

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