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Three Tip Thursday: 01/12/17

Today’s T3 includes tips for Facebook Shortcuts, a reader-recommended shopping list app, and a more eco-friendly option for keeping your hands and feet warm in winter.

1. Reorder Facebook Shortcuts

Recently Facebook changed the look of its left-hand navigation column for some unknown reason. One of the more confusing changes was to the Favorites section, which has now been renamed Shortcuts. It’s not just renaming, though; Favorites used to be a mix of pages, groups, games, lists, apps, events, and other types of FB content, whereas Shortcuts only includes the first three categories. All the other types of links have been moved below them in a new section called Explore.

Also, previously you could reorder the items in the Favorites list by dragging and dropping them, but that doesn’t work with Shortcut. Instead, what you need to do is roll over the name of the shortcut and click the three dots that appears to open an Edit dialog. Then select Unpin from Top to take them out of the list altogether. THEN, you need to add them back in reverse order, so that the item you want first is the last one you repin. Yeah, it’s ridiculous…

Alternatively, you can rollover the Shortcuts title and click to bring up an Edit dialog for the whole list. I find that process more confusing, but you may prefer it.

I can’t see a single benefit to this new system that makes up for taking away the ability to customize your navigation the way you want it, but such is the Facebook way. *sigh* Also, as with many Facebook changes, it may still be rolling out and you may not have it yet.

2. Reader App Rec: Shopping List

Responses to the “Share Your Favorite Program or App” contest have started coming in and T4L reader Maureen recommends Buy Me a Pie!, an app for creating shopping lists. I haven’t used it myself but I think it may qualify for the best-named app of all time! According to Maureen, Buy Me a Pie! provides a “simple, clean and easy grocery shopping list that is designed for food, but you can easily use it for other types of shopping lists.”

The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Check out the Buy Me a Pie! website. >>

Share your own favorite program or app and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. >>

3. Reusable Hand Warmers

As someone who grew up in Ottawa, Canada, I am well aware of the wonders of hand warmers that you put inside your mittens (or boots, since they’re not actually restricted to your hands) to help survive even the most bitterly cold days and nights. However, for almost 15 years now, I’ve lived in warmer climes so haven’t bought any of these godsends in ages. So I wasn’t aware you can now get reusable ones, which definitely appeals to the tree hugger in me! Apparently you just need to boil them in water after you’ve used them to re-liquify the crystals and voila, less stuff to send to the landfill. Woo-hoo!

Since I haven’t bought any of these myself, I can’t make a specific recommendation, but you can check out some of these reusable hand warming products on Amazon.

Stay toasty everyone!

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