Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for figuring out whose contacts are whose, deleting old Android apps from Google Play, and sending Gmail messages to your to-do list.
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.
Swap Contact Lens Caps to Tell Two Cases Apart
Envador solves a problem with lookalike contact cases:
We buy our contact lens solution from Costco in those two-in-a-box packs that also come with two free contact lens cases. I'm willing to bet lots of people buy the very same product so this tip may go a long way! Rather than using a pen or marker to tell your cases apart, a simple trick we employ here is to just swap the caps and pick a colour. Then, from now until eternity, your assigned lens case is always green (or white, if you prefer). This also makes it really easy to tell apart the lens cases that you're using to store lotion or hair gel since those cases won't get the solid colour treatment. (Yes, these extra cases are very useful for storing about 3-4 days worth of hair gel or facial lotion, too).
Delete App History in the Android Play Store
Dustin Luck discovers a (somewhat) new feature in Android. In certain older versions of the Play Store, you couldn't remove apps from your download history, but at some point, Google changed this behavior:
To delete an app, go to the "My apps" section in the Play Store and tap the "ALL" tab. Any app that can be deleted will have a small 'x' in the upper right corner of the entry. Tap on that and confirm you want to delete the app to remove it from your history.
Add Gmail Messages to Todo.txt with IFTTT
The Week of If-This-Then-That messing may have reached its apex. Here is a recipe that turns Gmail messages you star into new todo.txt lines.
I tweaked the formula just a bit, so that it adds a URL at the end of the task that leads to a search for the subject line. I'll probably get more exact with that, although you can't add an exact message URL (to my knowlege).
Just one more reason plain text to-do lists are awesome.
Pause Updates in the Mac App Store
Jen shares a tip for Mac users:
If you're downloading updates in the Mac App Store and you want to pause a download -- but not cancel it completely -- you can just Option+click the Cancel button. It'll turn into a pause button so you can free up some bandwidth or do whatever. Credit for this find goes to Cult of Mac.
The Option key has many, many hidden uses, and this is one more to pile on the list.