From The Tips Box: Soap Dispensers, Backspace Annoyances

Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for getting more control out of your soap dispenser, stopping Firefox's annoying backspace behaviour, and grouping your bookmarks on Android.

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 a Rubber Band for Better Pump Control

UberMario stops his soap pump from overflowing:

A lot of products, especially hair and skincare/makeup products, come with massive pumps that don't give you much control of how much they dispense.

Try wrapping a rubber band around the base of the pump and see how easy it is to dispense much less product without pushing on it like it's a baby's head.

Also, if the product dispersed is too little, just flip up the lowest band segment to give the tiniest more lenience and go from there.

Turn Off Firefox's Annoying Backspace Shortcut

Josh fixes a big annoyance in Firefox:

I hate how Firefox always takes me back a page when I accidentally press the Backspace button. Thanks to Guiding Tech, I've found a solution: Just go into about:config and change Code>browser.backspace_action to 2. No more accidentally going back a page!

Put Bookmark Shortcuts Into Android's Dock

MsCassLopez shares two Android tips in one:

If you have an Android device with Jelly Bean, you can put more than six shortcuts in the Quick Launch bar by simply dragging one shortcut on top of another just like you can on the Home screen.

So, here's something cool you can do with that tip: I assume people have the Chrome browser there. In Chrome, go to the bookmarks page and long press on a bookmark. You have the option to place that bookmark on the home screen. Once it's on the home screen drag it over the Chrome icon to add it to a folder in your Quick Launch bar. Repeat with your favourite bookmarks.

Now, when you tap Chrome's icon, you get the option of going directly to your favourite pages instead of opening Chrome, clicking Bookmarks, and selecting the desired link. In effect, you have created a mini-Start Menu on your device, something that Windows 8 users seem to miss terribly but don't even notice it's not there on their tablets and phones. You can do something similar with your email apps too, or anything else (like Google Voice). You are organising your shortcuts and getting increased functionality from the Quick Launch bar all at the same time.

Make 3D Glasses More Comfortable When You Wear Normal Glasses

Christine shares a long-desired tip for glasses wearers:

This is a silly looking but useful hack for glasses-wearing peeps going to see The Hobbit and the like in 3D. Bring in a rubber band on your wrist and in the theatre rubber band the bridge of your glasses to the 3D glasses. Then the 3D ones won't be constantly threatening to fall off your nose all movie.

Picture: RCabanilla/Flickr.



    The rubber-band 3d Glasses fix resulted in such a pleased and excited response from me, I just uncontrollably shouted 'GENIUS!', much to the confusion of my co-workers (many of whom are also bespectacled and upon my sharing the information I had read, also agree that it is genius).

    Thank you Christine, wherever you are

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