If you have a car, it can be tempting just to ignore any type of maintenance unless something goes wrong. We probably don’t have to tell you that this is a bad idea. However, not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do and when you should do it. Let’s clear that up, and give you some tips…
Getting stuff done is hard, especially if you are self-employed or need to do things for yourself that you usually put off, like paying bills. There always seems to be something else to do: a drawer that could be organized, a phone call to your sister or checking flight prices on a trip you have no intention of taking.
Anxiety is a perfectly normal and natural part of being a human. There are always going to be times when we’re more nervous or worried than others. But for some, anxiety is a much stronger, more fearsome force—one that never goes away. But what is anxiety exactly, and what’s going on in your mind (and your body) when…
For some people, it happens like clockwork. Their anxiety is manageable during the day, but as soon as their head hits the pillow, every possible bad scenario plays out in their mind. Falling asleep is hard enough but can feel impossible when you’re constantly worrying about something. But you don’t have to sit awake…
Now that summer has officially started and the temperatures (and humidity) are getting up there, a lot of people are trying to stay cool. Sure, some can just turn on their air conditioning, but not everyone has that option. And even if you do, you might be looking to save some money on your electric bill or are…
Nearly everyone has at some point received a letter or magazine meant for someone else. Instead of just tossing it, however, there are ways to make sure that mail gets back to its intended recipient—and stops cluttering up your inbox. In this edition of Ask Lifehacker, we’ll show you how.
If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport with a duty free shop, chances are you’ve perused the fragrance section. And you probably noticed that they come in a lot of forms, like perfume, cologne and eau de toilette. Great, but what’s the difference between the different products? In short, all fragrances are largely…
Parallel parking can be a a challenge for even the most seasoned drivers. Thankfully, over at Quora, Yishan Wong offers this step-by-step breakdown of how to parallel park perfectly every single time—and he’s spot on.
Do you guys remember a little commenter named “Phoenix?” That was me. Way back when Lifehacker was new, I, like you, sat at a job I disliked, reading about how I could make my life better. Then I was lucky to be given the opportunity to make your lives better. I hope I have. And now it’s time to move on.
Chrome: Rearrange Tabs lets you move your Chrome tabs around an open window with keyboard shortcuts. It’s fairly simple, and a nice way to organize them if you have a ton of tabs open. The default shortcuts are good, but if you don’t like them, you can customize them and add your own.
Learning to sharpen a knife by feel makes sure your knives last longer and are easier (and safer) to use—even moreso than an automatic sharpener, which can grind your knives down and shorten their life. This method, from sharpening master Peter Nowlan, is a solid “four pressure” system you can learn at home.
Reader Saifali has submitted desktops in the past to our Desktop Showcase, but this one’s a fresh look, and we like it. If you dig it too—or just the Antarctic landscape in it—here’s how you can bring the same look to your computer.
We’ve highlighted a bunch of multi-display setups recently, but this single-panel workspace from reader Wayne shows off that one display—especially when it’s huge—can be just as good looking as several. He submitted his setup to our Workspace Show and Tell Pool, and here are some more photos.
This week on The Upgrade we’re upgrading your HDTV, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! It’s all about how to buy a great TV, for the big game, or anytime you’re in the market for one—plus a call out for your questions for the show!
Planting season will soon be here, and if you’re planning a garden, you should also consider how you’re going to control weeds. Our friends at the Old World Garden Farms suggest leaving behind the harsh herbicides this year and opting for these gentler treatments, from mulch to a weed torch that looks fun to use.
Windows/macOS/Linux: If you’re on the lookout for a digital painting tool and Photoshop is too expensive, Krita is a fast, free, and open source art tool that was developed by artists looking for something that met their needs without a ton of bloat or overhead. Plus, it’s completely cross-platform.
This week we’re talking about logo changes—and if anyone ever actually likes them, how likely we are to get hit by a giant asteroid, the evolution of recorded music from wax cylinders to MP3s, and 25 years of PowerBooks, iBooks, and MacBooks.
If you ever have to step up and manage people, it can be pretty difficult to figure out the best way to do it in a way that both works with your personality and gets the job done. This flowchart can help you figure out—in broad categories, of course—what type of leader you might be.