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Physical Text To Digital Text

Use an android phone and the "Google Lens." feature recently added to the photos app and the camera photo review scrwwn. OCR via Google Lens is pretty amazing and accurate beyond any OCR software I'...
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Is there any way to restore faded receipts?

Scan the receipt with a computer scanner, or even photograph it in a very even light with a cell phone, then use image editing software to enhance the contrast of the image. With this workflow, I ...
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

I use a sheet of Magic Water Painting Paper by Kuretake. It costs about $5 Canadian for an 8½" x 11". It can be ordered online. I have been using the same sheet taped to a piece of plexi-glass for ...
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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or ...
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How can I prevent a receipt from fading?

Some receipts are printed on a thermal printer. This does not use ink, but heat to blacken the special thermal paper. If you leave the receipt where sunlight falls on it, it heats up the paper which ...
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How do I refold a paper reference guide when I can't tell what order the folds go in?

Take a good look at the folds: each of them have a direction (up or down). That tells you a lot. You have to follow the existing folds (fold in the same direction). For instance, the vertical fold ...
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

If all your attempts at removal fail or you do indeed damage the paper in an attempt at doing so, I suggest what I would have probably done instead of writing directly into the book: Use a matching (...
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How to make sure a document stays long term readable?

Have a look to this document about archiving instructions for state archives in Geneva municipalities: RECUEIL DE DIRECTIVES POUR L'ARCHIVAGE DANS LES COMMUNES GENEVOISES. On page 10, chapter 6. The ...
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How can I clean my papers from someone's coughs?

Bake your notes in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes. According to what virology online, 56°C / 133°F for 15+ minutes — hardly enough to do any damage to your notes that you'd notice. Here's more… ...
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How to write with a pen upside down?

Good that you mentioned astronauts in one of comments, because this reminded me some myth that cosmonauts used to use pencils while NASA spent lot of money on creating spece pen This article says ...
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Turn the ticket over and work on the back. First, clean the desk where you will work. Use good lighting in your work area. Wash your hands thoroughly. Carefully match the two pieces and join them ...
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Physical Text To Digital Text

You can do this in stages. Start with putting everything online as page scans and updating as and when you can. The cerlox™ plastic comb binding makes taking it apart and putting it back into the ...
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What chemicals to use to whiten recycled paper

There is no white dye that you can add to your wood-pulp slurry to whiten it. Any and all dyes will only make it appear darker. Bleach is used to whiten paper the same way it is used to whiten your ...
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

Make an infinitely re-useable sheet of logogram paper. Here's how: Take a single sheet of printed grid paper to a local "Repro-Copy/Insta-Copy" print shop and get a same-size copy made on acetate ...
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How to avoid paper sticking together in a printer?

I know this is an old question but other people may still be coming across it (like I did). As the previous answer indicated, fanning is usually a good way to prevent paper from sticking together. ...
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How to remove a strong sticker from book

Try with a cotton bud engaged with hot water, rub it up (gently) against the borders, the sticker shuold unplug. Be sure the water isn't too much (it could erode the paper cover). If the water doesn't ...
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How can I prevent a receipt from fading?

Scan them. If needed you can print the scanned document on acid free paper.
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

1) Put the paper on a soft but firm surface like a piece of Styrofoam, or even a couple layers of corrugated cardboard (like from a cardboard box). 2) Open the stapler. Position the head where you ...
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How to write with a pen upside down?

Use a pencil, maybe? (I don't have enough rep to put this in comments)
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

For an artist, 5 pages a week is not much. Can you use lighter weight tracing paper with a copy of the printed grid under the semi-transparent sheet you're using? You can use very thin tracing paper ...
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How can I remove decades old tape from paper without damaging the images printed on paper?

Short answer: you can't. The tape's aged, oxidized adhesive has already damaged the paper and any images or text it carries, and there is no practical way to reverse that damage. Often, the plastic ...
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Writing with finger/nail

Have you ever heard of a Magic Slate? It's a toy that you can use to make marks which can be "erased" by separating the top layer of plastic from a bottom layer of darker permanent pigment. The ...
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How do I keep thermal labels from fading?

Paper Label HACK: Have you considered using an electric (or manual) Branding Iron for your wood products? For use on wood or leather, electric branding irons have solid brass heads that can be set ...
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How to write with a pen upside down?

You need a pen with a pressurized ink capsule/cartridge. The Space Pen mentioned above is one such pen The ink capsule/cartridge contains a ball at the top with pressurized nitrogen injected ...
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Is there any way to restore faded receipts?

Obviously, this is not a direct answer to the question asked... but an outside the box alternative. I don't know if this is the same world-wide, however, in the UK at least - a physical paper receipt ...
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Alternative to White-Out

A gel pen that matches the paper you are working on. I don't use color paper much, but if a mistake is small I'll often opt for a white gel pen over white out. Much less obvious, and gives me more ...
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How to staple 4-1/4" booklets with normal staplers?

If you can keep a wide margin in the fold, you could have the people cut two or three (local prefered version) holes and tie each of them with a bit of cord or ribbon. Or bring a cord or ribbon from ...
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How to staple 4-1/4" booklets with normal staplers?

Any stapler that can unfold is okay to use. Fold the booklets and then place the folded pages face down with the cover up. Align the stapler against the spine and press the staple into a rubber ...
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

If you can get your hands on a digital version of the grid paper, you can use any drawing app on a smartphone or tablet. When you edit the grid paper image, you can use your finger to draw the ...
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Alternatives to using writing paper for writing practice

I'd suggest obtaining a small dry erase whiteboard. I've seen these offered in office supply stores as small as A4. Use a permanent marker and ruler to mark your guidelines on the board, and allow ...
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