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Questions tagged [office-supplies]

Hacks related to the usage, storage, and organization of office supplies.

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Refillable rollerball pen without creating wastes

I am looking to find something like a "sustainable pen". The main idea is to use a rollerball pen (for convenience and ease of use), refillable (to avoid having to throw it away) and avoid using ...
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How to store different sized folders at my desk?

I have several folders for different files. The problem is, they are all different size and not all of them are made of hard paper but some are made of plastic etc. I think it is no problem storing ...
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Prevent pens from falling out of shirt pocket

I'm a student and I like to carry my two pens on pocket of my shirt. However, occasionally I need to run. Sometimes I need to grovel for praying. How can I prevent them from falling out? They have ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

I'm a university teacher, and for my presentations in class I often use a remote control, which is connected to the PC with a wireless USB dongle (see picture). After class, I am often tired and more ...
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How to get pens working after they've been dropped

So I have Pilot G2 (gel) pens that I get in the 10 packs or 20 packs from Walmart (the colored ones, so it comes with pink, green, blue, purple, orange, etc.) and sometimes I accidentally drop them ...
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How to use Postcard stamps to send a regular letter [closed]

Okay, so I screwed up. I needed stamps, the local post office I knew of is closed during my work hours, so I ordered some on Amazon. When they showed up, I realized that they were postcard stamps. I ...
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How to organize printouts of books?

I usually print out PDFs to read them on paper. For example, I print out my textbook chapter by chapter so it's easier to take them to the classroom. Since I have annotations on those printouts I ...
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How to repair or replace the cover to a spiral bound notebook?

At work I have a small spiral bound notebook that I take to meetings for notes and phone numbers and such. The notebook has lots of blank pages left in it so I don't want to get a new one, but with ...
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

My sister wrote the wrong name in a bible that's to be presented and displayed in two weeks. It's shiny paper that is beige in color. The back side of the page is different color printed pattern. She'...
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Hole Punching Thick Packets

I had to print out a couple of PDFs for a research project. Each is over 15 pages long and they have been stapled. How can I hole punch them? They are so thick! Does anyone have any suggestions?
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Sometimes I wonder if the stores realize that the price tags and labels (the sticky, gluey kind) they put on books and other items are such a hassle for their consumers and can often damage book ...
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How to add a Headrest to this chair?

I have this chair: Here's me sitting on the chair: Pardon the pixelated face :) So, my question is how do I add a headrest to this chair? My neck starts hurting after long time sitting on the ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

I daily get rubber bands, I collect them and store it in one of shelves so that I could use them later. At certain times, when I require it for use, they would have changed their form to a sticky- ...
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Removing pages from a spiral notebook

Is there an easier way to remove pages from a spiral notebook, without all the mess?
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

The fold line is in the middle if you orient it as "landscape", it would become a brochure, or book. I have a regular stapler that can't reach the middle in its normal state. Stapler can be opened, ...
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Revive gel pens that stop working?

Gel pens are expensive and often stop working or never work at all. Is there a good way to revive gel pens that have lots of ink but refuse to write? I have tried heat, saliva, gravity, and the age ...
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How to hold cork board upright closer to edge of desk? [closed]

I want to write on paper in front of me with a pencil like this picture. Will be doing some math and diagramming. I really like the feeling of sitting in front of a board and writing with pencil on it....
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Randomizing papers

I have a stack of paper documents that I would like to rearrange in a random order. They are standard letter (or A4) size office paper, so they're too large and flimsy to easily riffle shuffle like ...
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How can I turn an echoey alcove into a home office suitable for video & audio calls?

I have an alcove that I'd like to turn into a home office suitable for high quality audio and video calls. I have a desk & chair, however... There are no windows and stark white walls. What is ...
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What to do with left over calendars of previous years? [closed]

I have a good collection of hanging calendars of 2015.Like these: http://thefoodiegifthunter.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/calendar-end.jpg Instead of burning them for fuel or selling it for ...
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How to remove charcoal droppings on an eraser?

I have a set of rubbers which I used during my pencil drawing sketches, as shown above.Shading techniques I adopted, make use of rubber very much. Consider myself as a self trainer and so do not blame ...
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Any use for pencils with broken lead? [closed]

I have quite a few pencils that are essentially useless. Attempting to sharpen them ends with the graphite snapping off before I can write the first letter of a word. I know it's not the pencil ...
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How to hold together large packet of paper

Large packets of paper are often used for play scripts and large internet printouts. Stapling them would not work; the stapler is not that powerful. What can I do to put together this large packet?
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Earbud wiring setup to avoid yanking laptop / tablet when fall asleep

I listen to audio before bed. I'm going to use a earplugs/earbud hybrid like this to listen to audio: http://www.amazon.com/Plugfones-Contractor-Improved-Headphones-Protection/dp/B00RC301N4/ref=...
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How could you get a chair with very high arm rests with large surface area parallel to ground?

Imagine this: - Sit upright in a chair - Stick arms out to the side so your upper body forms a T - Using your biceps, bend your elbow 90 degrees so your fists are pointing in front of you That's ...
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How to create lock on notebook?

I keep a personal journal, and I would like to lock it. There are several personal journals with locks on the market, but they are too expensive. How can I lock a 5-subject ring notebook?
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How can I use an eraser without smudging?

I tried to figure out why some erasers can't do their job properly, and I ended up reading an explanation. My erasers are not the most expensive, which probably accounts for their inefficiency. ...
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Bedtime remote tied to wrist to mute/shut down computer

I like to listen to audio from long youtube videos or youtube playlists before bedtime. I'd like a remote tied to my wrist that I could use to turn off the laptop, decrease the volume, and mute ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't “wet” enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

So, I need to redact some information on my tax returns before sending them into my insurance company as proof of citizenship (or something, I'm not sure what exactly they needed them for). The ...
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Remove Ink That's Scribbled on top of Printed Text?

I have a piece of paper that has a ton of text printed from a computer. One of the words on the paper has been scribbled through horizontally with an ink pen. I've tried holding it over the iPhone ...
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Best and highest use of last year's phonebook [closed]

What is the best way to reuse (as opposed to recycle) a prior year's phone book? Meta: I checked the on-topic and off-topic lists and the question does seem to fit here, though the automatic filter ...
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Using binder clips to hold cables

I'm looking to use binder clips to hold cables from falling behind my desk, and I have seen life hacks on this. The one thing I have not found is how to select the right one for the job. The surface I ...
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How to avoid/stop pressurised ballpoint pen leaking?

I bought a Fisher Space Pen with a PR4 black medium cartridge some months ago. It's been leaking for some time, and seems to be getting worse - every time I use it I have to clean off the tip or get ...
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How to improvise a dust pan and brush?

If I spill something dry on the floor I'll use a dust pan and brush to clean it up. Like this: But say I don't have one at hand. What standard office supplies can I use the improvise these? I also ...
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How can I make flying insects leave?

We've probably all been there. You're trying to concentrate when there suddenly... bzzzzzzt you look around and carry on... bzzzzzzt [10ms pause] bzzzzzzzzzt. You decide to get up to check what's ...
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How to maintain elasticity of rubber band like it was initially?

I use rubber band to keep my hair together. But day by day , as I use them, they start to lose their elasticity or I can say that their grip gets loose, within just 3-4 uses. I want to know what I can ...
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How to avoid answer papers being flappy under a fan?

During my examination time, the answer papers are supposed to flappy due to ceiling fan. I have things to put weight on such as watch, kerchief, extra pens, eraser etc., But is there any other way to ...
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Keep pen from falling out of pocket (or attach it to body in convenient way)

I have a night job as a valet, and I need to carry a pen to note in which space I have parked a car. I am forever losing pens as they fall out of my pocket when I am getting in and out of cars. My ...
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A trick to make bulk erasable handwritten notes on traditional paper and in books?

I write a lot of notes in notebooks and on text books that I only want for a short period. I find erasable pens very handy for this process. But is there some way I could blank my whole notebook, ...
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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?

As looking at the sun is Not A Good Idea™. A common hack is to use a colander to project many instances of the eclipsing sun onto a surface. The upcoming solar eclipse in Europe will be taking place ...
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How to stop paper curling up

Sometimes paper is stored in a roll, mainly drawings or wrapping paper. When you try and lay it out flat it attempts to go back into a roll meaning you have to hold down the edges all the time. How ...
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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

Our office has installed new whiteboards over the last two years. Many of these boards are heavily used and have already devolved to the point of being useless -- the writing on them has become all ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

I have just spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to peel away the back of a double sided sticky tape like sticker (specifically a label just printed from a label printer) and I thought that there ...
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How to stop a paperclip slipping off

Sometimes, when I'm organising notes and documents, I like to group them together and use paper clips to hold those groups together. When I start stacking those groups of documents on top of each ...
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How to re-form a bent paper clip?

I often bend standard paper clips into all kinds of shapes for various purposes: Image source But I can never seem to bend them back to their original shape as easily. How can I bend them back to ...
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How to remove permanent marker from furniture, clothes, skin etc

A permanent marker exploded and got all over everywhere (please don't ask how). Usually I just use water and soap to get it off, but takes too much work. So I was wondering: Is there a method to ...
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How to cut paper without scissors?

I have some paper that I need to cut down to size but do not have any scissors (not that I am very good at cutting in straight lines with scissors anyway...). I was wondering if anyone had any ...
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How do I remove hard-to-remove ink from my hands?

Sometimes I'll be working with stamps, and stamp ink is sticky and hard to remove. Even after trying lots of soap, body soap, scratching against a table, and sandpaper the ink still remains on my ...
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Remove staples from a hard board

I prepare some religious decorations using hardboard in each may of the year. When the festivals are over, I dissemble the decorations and reassemble on next year. I use staples to assemble it. Is ...
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What can I use to hang my headphones off my desk?

These are my headphones. They're wireless, but can be used while their charging cable is plugged in. My desk is wood, ~3/4" thick, with a square edge (not tapered). I want to be able to hang my ...