From The Tips Box: iOS Drafts, Tight Wallets, Day Calendars

Readers offer their best tips for quickly accessing your iOS drafts, making the best of a tight wallet, and repurposing unwanted day calendars.

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.

Quickly Access Drafts in iOS Mail

Matt discovers a handy shortcut in iOS 6:

I use Gmail's drafts feature a lot, but drafts aren't easy to access on the iPhone — you have to go all the way back to the Accounts menu and then go to drafts. Well, I found that you can access drafts in iOS 6 instantly just by long-pressing the Compose button from any window! That'll show you your drafts for any account. Handy if you use them a lot, like me.

Access Your Credit Cards More Easily with a Simple Notch

Kith makes up for the tightness of his new wallet:

I recently bought a new wallet. The card pockets, being so new, are naturally very tight and I was having trouble getting my frequently used cards out. The solution: I took a pair of nail clippers and cut a tiny notch on the sides of each card near the top edge. Now, instead of trying to get a grip on the surface of a card, I can slide a fingernail into the notch on each side and pull the cards out quickly and easily.

Repurpose Day Calendars as Scratch Pads

CSGeek finds a new use for annoying calendars:

Want to repurpose the page-a-day calendar that you got for Christmas and hate? Pull the paper off the plastic backing and flip it over. Instant scratch pad!

Save Time By Cutting Files Instead of Copying

MsCassLopez saves some time moving files:

If you're copying lots of large files, for example media files from one folder to another on the same disk you can speed up the process by selecting "Cut" from the menu instead of "Copy." Windows doesn't physically move the files in a cut operation, it just updates internal pointers. In a copy operation by definition it creates new copies, a time consuming process. Windows 7 and up doesn't have the annoying feature of XP and earlier where if you performed a cut operation and did something else before pasting then you lost your stuff into the Twilight Zone.

Most of you probably know this, but if your instinct is to copy and then delete, this will save you more than just the few seconds you think it will, since copying files takes much, much longer than just moving them. This works on Macs and Linux too. Unfortunately, if you're moving files between drives, you have to copy — you can't cut and paste.


    "Windows 7 and up doesn’t have the annoying feature of XP and earlier where if you performed a cut operation and did something else before pasting then you lost your stuff into the Twilight Zone"

    WTF is this? I've been using Windows since 3.1 and have never lost files because I cut but didn't paste. If you don't paste then nothing happens to the files.

      I've had that problem before.
      I think if you cut, paste, then cancel the paste you would lose them.

        If you cancel the transfer some of the files will be where you moved them, while the rest will be left in the original location.

        What you're talking about isn't the same thing mentioned in the article though. Gordon wrote about cancelling before pasting, not after (during the transfer).\

        It's not Windows' fault if the user gives it a command then cancels it part-way through completion, then can't remember where he/she was in the file system.

    you dont lose them, it stops where you left off, some will be in the old directory, some in the new directory

    That's true, but a different matter. See my response above for a more detailed explanation.

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