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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

I have found that using a dry erase marker on the dried permanent marker will actually "blend" the two pigments together and re-activate the permanent marker into a liquid state for a milisecond. Then ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

If you are able to make copies of the forms, create a digital copy instead. Then you can "black out" the information digitally with any photo editor or your favorite PDF software. Replace the target ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

The best alternative I found to licking was using a damp sponge. Simply tap the sticky part of the envelope on the wet sponge a few times and there you go. Lacking a sponge, anything like a washcloth,...
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How to revive dried up pens

Since I am not to keen on licking ballpoint pens; if you have shoes on with rubber soles, draw a few lines on the bottom of your shoe... After that, go to the paper and it will almost instantly write ...
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

Make a regular copy, then cut out the redacted information on the copy before you send it.
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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

I usually use rubbing alcohol to get the permanent marker off. For some reason this happens to me a lot.
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How to cut paper without scissors?

The fold-and-rip method works or doesn't work based on the type of paper you are working with. Paper that is made on rolls (most office paper, newsprint, paper towel, etc) has a 'grain'. The pulp ...
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What can I do to find the end of the tape roll easily?

Fold the tape back on itself. One fold works great, and you don't need a lot. One to two centimeters is enough. Doing it a couple of time will give you more to hold on to making it easier to peal, ...
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How to revive dried up pens

Lick them vigorously. Ideally, just the point - but if you get too enthusiastic, no harm done. Ballpoint pens work by using a small rotating metal ball to transfer ink from the internal reservoir to ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Another alternative is to use a glue stick, I found glue sticks to be very fast and efficient. A slower option is to use double sided tape as well, but certainly that's not easier than the other ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Buy envelopes with an adhesive band on the seal that's protected by an easy-to-remove film (“peel and seal”), like I do. Don't they make them in your country? You can apply ordinary office sticky ...
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What can be used in place of a mousepad?

I find that a folder (with contents in it, otherwise it moves) works well, especially since I almost always have one with me. Plus because it's bigger than a mousepad, I prefer it to a mousepad. Keep ...
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How to re-form a bent paper clip?

You can never fully return the paper clip to it's original state: There will be slight irregularities in the straight portions requiring special equipment to smooth out. Curves will not be in exactly ...
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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

The quickest trick to get rid of ghosting is to completely color the board with a black dry-erase marker and then erase with a dry (as in not wet) and clean microfiber cloth or eraser. This works by ...
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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

I have been very successful at reconditioning white boards by following these steps. Wipe off the board of existing marks using the conventional felt eraser. If there is any tape or sticker residue ...
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How to keep sticky notes from falling down?

Your notes are probably falling down because you separate the note you need from another note incorrectly, i.e. by pulling from the end of sticky note. Therefore sticky edge bends and the note pulls ...
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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

The easiest solution I've found is baby wipes. They seem to get everything off. Then go over with a dry paper towel. No muss, no fuss.
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How do I redact information when my black marker isn't "wet" enough, and the information shows through my blackouts?

Put some opaque tape over the sensitive information before making your copy. You could try masking tape or electrician's tape. You might not want to use the auto paper feed on your copier because ...
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How to cut paper without scissors?

Disclaimer: Most of the answers/techniques I have seen here so far actually only work on flat surfaces. Except licking the crease method (provided you can perform a straight fold mid-air) works mid-...
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Revive gel pens that stop working?

You want both heat and humidity to get the ball rolling again. So, if just breathing on it hasn't worked, try holding the nib in steam from a boiling kettle for a few seconds. The warm water ...
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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?

A common method that I was taught at school is to create a pinhole projector type thing. You can do this by making a small (pinhole) piercing in a sheet of paper and hold it above the ground until ...
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What can be used in place of a mousepad?

I find that regular printer paper gives a better surface for mice than a table, and I use that all the time. I use 9x13" 20lb. letter/printer paper. So far the only issue is that when the table is ...
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What can I do to find the end of the tape roll easily?

I have found two solutions to this problem: Putting a small piece of paper at the end of the tape when I last use it, or Putting a small paperclip at the end of the tape.
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What is the best way to open letter envelopes?

There are two easy ways to open an envelope without damaging the contents: Letter Opener This is by far the easiest method if you have one. Simply flip the letter over, slide the letter opener under ...
10 votes

How can I make flying insects leave?

Place a plastic container over the bug against the window. Now it can't escape. Slide a piece of cardboard between the container and the window, closing the container. Carefully lift the container ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

Rubber-band get sticky because they oxidize. A similar question was asked on physics: Is there any way to increase a rubber-bands lifetime? It has a very good answer, but to summarize it: "Keep them ...
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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

A solution of chlorine bleach and water will both remove the permanent marker and brighten the white board. You need to allow the white board to dry completely before using it again. Occasionally, ...
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How to cut paper without scissors?

when you do the fold and rip method, just lay something straight and flat along the crease, like a book or a ruler and then push down on the object to keep the paper secured and then rip pulling the ...
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