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