Readers offer their best tips for strikethrough text in Excel, browsing journal articles quickly, and taking quick web-based notes.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Create Strikethrough Text in Excel with a Keyboard Shortcut
Want to apply a strikethrough effect to text in Excel? You can do it by opening up the Format Cells dialog box and then clicking over to the Font tab or you can just select the text (or cell) and hit CTRL+5.
Browse Journal Articles with One-Sentence Summaries
Jaan shares a clever site that lets you quickly browse one-sentence summaries of journal articles:
We just launched usefulscience.org—one sentence summaries of journal articles applicable to everyday life. We are a team of grad students (MIT, McGill, UCSB, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins) that have to dive into all kinds of journal articles regularly. We made one-sentence summaries because we thought we’d like to use them, but we’re hoping they’ll be helpful to others, too!
Take Quick Web-Based Notes with Scrtchpd.com
Dave shares a web app that makes quick note-taking super simple:
I just wanted to let you know about a quick tool I made to help with my everyday workflow. It’s called scrtchpd.com and it’s a super simple note-taking tool that lives in your browser. Scrtchpd.com saves your notes for you, so you don’t need to worry about it. It also supports live markdown previews to help bring some organization and formatting to your notes.
There’s not much else to it. It exists simply to allow you to take notes and make those notes look nice. Otherwise the app is designed to get out of the way of the user. I made it because I wanted to use it, so hopefully other folks find it useful too!
Make Your Own Antibiotic Ointment Alternative
Emily shares a recipe for a DIY alternative to antibiotic ointments:
Thought you might like this DIY antibacterial cream.
We love it because it’s all natural, it never expires, and doesn’t contain petroleum jelly. It uses beeswax and coconut oil for the base along with tea tree oil, lavender, and witch hazel for their natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.