Adding line numbers to printouts/PDFs

At WhiteCloud we like to use paper printouts in meetings. It helps us focus on listening, and people just review & write feedback/notes on the papers. Way better than fiddly projection & fiddly iPads/laptops.

Line numbering printouts helps in discussion and reference.  This can be fiddly too, at least for the person making the printouts! The wiki we use, Confluence, doesn’t have line numbering, and as far as I can tell there’s no line-number-this HTML technology. (Where is that? That’d be cool!)

So here’s how I get line numbers on printouts:

  1. Export/print to PDF, favoring export if the website has it
  2. Open the PDF in Word 2013 (Word can open & edit PDFs, and has really good line numbering options)
  3. Under Page Layout choose Line Numbers, Continuous
  4. Print!

What doesn’t work well: Confluence’s unordered lists (bullets) seem to cause some trouble for PDF-to-Word conversion if you’ve edited the bulleted lists many times.

Bite my shiny metal browser

Here’s a Bender icon for Google Chrome:Futurama Bender icon for Google Chrome
To use on OS X,

  1. In Chrome, right-click the image above. Choose “Copy Image”,
  2. In Finder, select /Applications/Google Press Command-I.
  3. In the resulting Info pane click the  old Chrome icon in the upper left corner. Press Command-V. (This is one of my favorite old Mac OS tricks. You can do this to any app/file, with any copied image.)
  4. Quit Chrome and restart.

If you’d like to use on Windows, please share steps in the comments. I can’t remember if there’s a quick way to use an image as an icon in Windows (aside from using tools to convert .png to .ico, which isn’t what I call quick.)

On Menus Removed

2001: Apple removed a long-standing “Start” menu from Mac OS. Existing customers were really angry about the menu being gone. There were hacks to bring the menu back.

2013: The menu is still not back, and everyone has forgotten about the menu. They love OS X for what it is/is-not, not what it was/was-not.

I’d say that even by 2004 the menu was forgotten. The good stuff being added to OS X blotted out the removal. Will we see the same timespans in Windows’ history?