Blogging Hack

I have a Microsoft Office Key­board and Wire­less Explor­er Mouse on my home desktop(s). I love the extra func­tion­al­i­ty of these devices due to the forward/back brows­er but­tons (among oth­er but­tons). I’ve even bought a sec­ond Office key­board for my office desk­top because I found the copy/cut/paste and the appli­ca­tion switch but­tons to be so handy in data post-pro­cess­ing (I’ll spare you the gory details on that one…).

How­ev­er, one of the real­ly frus­trat­ing things about web-form blog­ging (as in my Word­Press blog you’re read­ing now) is that I occa­sion­al­ly hit the back but­ton on one of these devices by acci­dent. This sends me back to the pre­vi­ous admin page, of course, and com­plete­ly emp­ties the web form in which I was typ­ing my post. Hope­ful­ly, I’ve saved often, but usu­al­ly even los­ing a para­graph is very annoy­ing. Since I real­ly don’t want to give up my fan­cy-pants key­board and mouse, I’ve had to come up with a way to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing.

Essen­tial­ly, I open the Write Post link in a new Fire­Fox brows­er tab, which then does­n’t have any page his­to­ry of its own. I can then acci­den­tal­ly hit those back but­tons to my heart’s con­tent, know­ing that I won’t loose any­thing. You can accom­plish the same thing by mak­ing use of the Press It book­marklet fea­ture in Word­Press, which essen­tial­ly just opens up a Write dia­log in a new brows­er win­dow, but that’s not how I gen­er­al­ly work while blog­ging. The new tab seems to be the most straight­for­ward method for me.

Hope this helps some oth­er fat-fin­gered blog­ger.

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