From The Tips Box: Buttoning Shirts, Sealing Bags, Tab Duplication

From The Tips Box: Buttoning Shirts, Sealing Bags, Tab Duplication

Readers offer their best tips for buttoning up shirts, sealing plastic bags, and opening the current site in a new tab.

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 Magnets to Button Your Shirt “In Between” Buttons


Don finds a middle ground between looking like a stick in the mud and looking like a hippie:

I wear a lot of button-down shirts, and I don’t like buttoning them all the way up to the top because it looks a little tight. I want to keep the collar a bit more open, but unbuttoning the 2nd button on the shirt exposes a bit too much of my chest to make me comfortable. After being annoyed by this for years, I finally found this blog post on Reddit: all you need to do is grab a few small magnets, hide them in the flap under the button holes, and you can make a secret “2nd and a half” button that keeps your shirt open, but not too open.

Seal Open Food Bags with a Bottle Cap


Smiley0227 shares a clever method for sealing open bags:

If you want to keep your smaller bagged goods fresh (like chocolate chips), use the top of a soda pop bottle. Cut off the top part of a plastic soda pop bottle, from the mouth to right below the top curve of the neck, feed the bag through the bottom of the mouth then fold the bag over, then use the bottle’s screw-top lid to seal in the goodness.

We’ve actually featured this tip before, but it was just for regular old plastic bags — for some reason I never thought to use it on pre-packaged things, like the chocolate chips shown in the image.

Duplicate Your Current Tab by Middle-Clicking the Refresh Button


We recently shared one way to duplicate your current tab, but tehmanmuffin shares an even better one:

Center click on the refresh button to duplicate your current tab. It even puts you to the same spot you scrolled to on the page.

Unlike the previous tip, this works on both Chrome and Firefox, and on any platform.

Organise Mobile Apps by What You Use them For, Not by “Categories”


Sharukh tells us how he came up with new ways to organise his iPhone apps:

I recently decided to reorganize my iPhone applications. What I found myself doing was organising my folders by use instead of category. For example, I have a folder called “Learn” that contains applications such as iTunes U and Dictionary. This lets me think about what I need to do instead of thinking about what category an app belongs in.

This isn’t that different from regular categories, but it can help you with certain types of apps — like the “Learn” apps that Sharukh mentions.


  • RE: Organise Mobile Apps by What You Use them For, Not by “Categories”

    I actually do this on my Galaxy Nexus. But I do it by screen. So on my home screen I have to arrows showing me that all apps for consumption actions (‘Consume’) are on the screen to the left and all creation apps (‘Create’) are on the screen to the right. Anything that doesn’t fit in those two categories stays in the app drawer.
    This lets me have a page of subcategories. eg. I can have a ‘Work’ folder within my ‘Create’ screen so I know where all the apps for creating things for work as opposed to creating things for my personal life.
    One day I will submit it to Lifehacker.

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