Five Things You Have Learned on the Job

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

I decided to start a new meme (insert requisite apologies here). I’m calling it, “Five Things You Have Learned on the Job That Other People Might Find Useful.”

Here’s the deal: think of five things you have learned while on the job. They can be pretty much whatever you want, but they should be things that you have found useful and from which you think other people might be able to benefit. They can be task-specific (for example, how to do something more efficiently) or just general observations (for example, bosses tend to respond better to your mediocre work when you first show examples of crappy work done by your competitors).

If you decide to participate, I would also appreciate a link back to my blog (not this post specifically, just my blog in general). Feel free to post a link to your own blog post with this meme in the comments of this post.

So, without further ado, here is my list of Five Things I Have Learned on the Job That Other People Might Find Useful:

  1. In Firefox, you can open all of the bookmarks in a single folder at once by selecting “Open in Tabs” at the bottom of the folder.
  2. In Firefox, you can re-order the open tabs by dragging them into place. Similarly, the order of your bookmarks in their folder determines the order that they open if you use the “Open in Tabs” trick.
  3. In Firefox, if you hit F7 you toggle “Caret Browsing”. This places a caret (think of the vertical blinking bar in a text document) on the page, which allows you to select text using the keyboard.
  4. If you use GMail, a quick way to save a draft of the e-mail you’re writing is to use the standard “Save” shortcut (CTRL+S on a PC and Apple+S on a Mac, although I haven’t tested this on a Mac, so can’t make any promises there).
  5. In Adobe Photoshop CS2 (and possibly older versions), a quick way to adjust the opacity of the current layer is to type the desired value in on the 10-kay pad.
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