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From the Tips Box: Kindle Shortcuts, Explorer File Search, and Easy Android Ringtones


Every week we take a moment to dip into the reader mailbag and pull out some tasty tips. This week we’re taking a look at Kindle shortcuts, snappy ways to search in Explorer folders, and easy Android ringtone organization.

Kindle Shortcuts for Tasks Big and Small


How-To Geek Reader Wendy writes in with the following Kindle-centered tip:

I loved the Kindle screensaver guide and the Kindle comic book guides! At the bottom of the Kindle comic book guide you shared a few shortcuts that help when reading comic books, but did you know there is a huge list of other shortcuts? You mentioned how sometimes the comic pages ghost the screen, right? Just click ALT+G to refresh the e-ink panel and get rid of the ghosting! You see all the Kindle shortcuts in the Kindle section at the MobileRead wiki.

Thanks for writing in Wendy! We learned a few shortcuts after browsing the list. Surely we weren’t alone in not realizing that there was a Minesweeper Easter Egg (ALT+SHIFT+M).

Simple Folder Search in Windows Explorer


John writes in with a simple but often overlooked trick:

This might be old news (and for some it probably is!) but I just figured this out the other day. If you start typing the name of a file that is located in the current folder, Windows jumps you right down to the file. The trick is you have to type fast. If you’re looking for superman.txt you have to pound out s-u-p-e-r really quickly or it will start jumping between the S files and the U files. It’s so handy when you already know the file name but an overcrowded folder has made it difficult to spot.

This is one of those “I can’t believe I didn’t know about it” timesavers. Once you learn it, it comes in handy over and over again.

Easy Android Sound Selection


Corrine writes in with an easy way to dump sounds onto your Android device:

I hate browsing for files and, thanks to a trick my roommate showed me, now I don’t have to. If you make three folders in the root of your Android’s SD card alarms, notifications, and ringtones, Android will automatically look there (for alarms, notifications, and ringtones, respectively). It’s so great, just dump MP3 files in there and whenever you go to change your ringtone or alarm sounds, the files are right there waiting.

Very clever. The next time we go on a sound-customization bender we’re keeping this trick in mind.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/12/11

Comments (5)

  1. ColdEmbrace

    on the android tip, it can be anywhere on your SD card it doesn’t have to be in root.

  2. Deb

    how do you do this?

  3. Chris B

    Where do you find the “root” of your Android’s SD card? Is it on your phone, or on your computer? Please guide me through this process, step by step. thanks

  4. Matt B

    1. Remove SD card from phone
    2. Plug in adapter and view on computer
    3. The highest level folder is known as the “Root” it’s where you start before you “drill down” into folders you create.

    Subsequently, you can usb your phone to your computer and view as a storage device. Open the device as if it is another flash drive from “my computer” or “finder”.

    Scroll to the SD card folder….you’re now at the root of your sd card if it is in the connected phone.

  5. RoseTyler

    Perhaps a good article on folder hierarchy would be a good idea. /nods

    It’s a bit sad to see how many will spend thousands on a computer, but never bother to learn the absolute basics. =(

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