Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A real timesaver: summarize

If you're like me, time over the course a weekday is very valuable. Free-time is scarcer then it's ever been it seems. But how would you like to get at least a few minutes back for yourself?

If you're a Mac user, remember the folllowing out-of-the-box key command: cmd-control-s. What is it? The "Summarize" service. Use this the next time you are surfing with Safari and you come across a long article, that you'd like to read, but don't really have the time to spend reading it. Highlight the text of the article. Press cmd-control-s. Use the slider to adjust the number of sentences and paragraphs in the summary. Less time available means crank down the sentences and/or paragraphs. More time? Crank the slider up.

If an article has several pages, look for the "printable" version of the article. Choose it, and then use the summarize technique above on it.

This little key combination can save you loads of time. To be honest, I don't use it all the time. In fact, sometimes I'll go for a spell without using it at all. Then realize I've been "wasting my time" by not using it and pick it up again. :)
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