Questions tagged [office-supplies]

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

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How to revive dried up pens

I found a box of several old ballpoint pens. When I open them up, I can see each has a significant amount of ink in it. However, when I try to write with one, no ink is transferred to the paper. I've ...
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How do I block other people from viewing my desktop screen?

In my office my seat is located at a point where almost anyone can view what's going on my screen. At times its irritating and to make it worse some people ogle at my screen when I do something ...
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Simple cheap solution to plug in one pair of headphones into two audio sources (two laptops)

I have a nice comfy pair of over the ear headphones which i would like to plug in to two audio sources (two laptops or one laptop and one phone). Are there any cheap solutions for this, like a reverse ...
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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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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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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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Dry Erase Marker Issue: Mixed Colors

I had a cousin who scribbled a red marker over a black marker drawing. Now the red marker can have a black tint to it (sometimes it’s a little black). Is there any way to fix this?
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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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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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What can I do to find the end of the tape roll easily?

A lot of times when I use some kind of tape roll, I just fold it and then when I want to use it again, I spend some agonizing moments trying to find the beginning of it. What can I do to find the end ...
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Why are my pencil marks hard to erase?

I'm currently using a HB pencil to write notes for my schoolwork, but I realise that this particular pencil is very hard to erase. I tried using less pressure while writing, but it doesn't help. I'm ...
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What is the best way to open letter envelopes?

I have a stack of incoming mail containing envelopes of various sizes and shapes. What is the quickest, easiest way to extract the contents? My current technique is to give each envelope a quick ...
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How to mend a worn-out notebook cover, and replace it

Is there any way I can take off my daughter's spiral-bound notebook cover, because she wrote all over it, and I need to replace it with a new cover, but I tried looking over many social media websites,...
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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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Damaged Gears from a Paper Shredder

I have a paper shredder with some damaged gears, which are from the CD shredding slot. There are some info over the web about how to repair plastic gears with resin. However, I'm not comfortable ...
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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Fountain pen was accidentally filled with china ink, how to clean?

A fountain pen was accidentally filled with china ink. When it dried out, it was completely clogged. Water alone doesn't help and ultrasonic cleaner bath doesn't seem to change anything. Is there ...
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How to prevent an inket printer from clogging up from lack of use?

I tend to print, at most, 5 pages per month: usually 2-3 black and white pages, and 1-2 color pages. In the past 3 years, I've gone through 4 inkjet printers because they all clog so fast. I've ...
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How to make a NEW fountain pen write smoother?

Sometimes, the nib of the pen seems rough, and it sort of doesn't feel right. The writing is rough and ink flow isn't quite good. How to make it so that the ink flows elegantly and the nib writes ...
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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 do I get the ink flowing in new gel pens?

My new 72 pack of gel pens are 75% unusable due to the ink in the gel pens being stuck at the wrong end of the pen and no ink near the tip? How can I get the ink flowing down the tube to the point? I'...
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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 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 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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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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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 can reuse partial notebook to go waste

I got some Notebooks which are 15 or 25% filled. One of them I love it and do not want to throw it away as it got 75% empty pages, instead I want to use to take notes, but as 25% is filled with stuff ...
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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: Instead of burning them for fuel or selling it for recycling, how can I use it for another purpose within my office/house?
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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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Convert bunch of pages to book

I have around 300 A4 pages. I want to compile these into a book-like form. So I have a 3-Ring Binder. I don't have a 3-Hole Punch. I am looking for DIY method where I can do it in the smartest way ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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 seal envelopes without licking

I'm sending out Christmas cards and I have to seal about 100 envelopes. However, I can't stand the taste of the part of the envelope meant to be licked. Last year I used tape to seal each envelope but ...
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How to keep sticky notes from falling down?

I love sticky notes. I have them on my wall, on my desk, on my face, etc. However, if a breeze occurs or time passes, they fall down. I've tried using a piece of clear tape, which works, but is ...
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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

I have some old stickers from my collection that are almost fallen off of their backing paper. I was wondering if there's a decent way to restore them and they would still be stickers (would be able ...
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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 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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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 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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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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What can be used in place of a mousepad?

When I'm at a desktop computer, there are usually mousepads to use, but sometimes I want to use a mouse with my laptop. Using the mouse directly on the table usually results in a less responsive mouse....
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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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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 ...