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

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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 ...
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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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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 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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How can I remove the bindings of this thick book?

I have a book bound by some binding shop. It is 26mm (i.e. 1 inch) thick. The staples only show their heads on both front and back, while their tails are not shown. How can we remove the bindings? ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

I have inadvertently used permanent marker on my dry erase board. If I "scrub" the board the marker comes off, but this ruins the surface. What might be the best way to fix this mistake to save the ...

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