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Old 12-11-2013, 12:34 AM   #16
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I keep it all in a filing cabinet. To me, it's easier than looking for it online or in a file on my computer. Keep it simple.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #17
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If you scan your manuals to .pdf, you can then create a document in a word-type program (OpenOffice writer, or Libre Writer for Linux) that can use hyperlinks. Create a table of contents that lists all of the manuals you have as pdf documents. Create hyperlinks in that table pointing to the pdf files for each manual. When you click on the hyperlink in the table, the pdf opens.
It may sound more complex than it is - this is really very simple.

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I trash all that stuff as soon as I get it. Saves me a lot of space. Real men don't need no stinkin' directions. And even If I tried to store it, I would never find it again anyways
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I trash all that stuff as soon as I get it. Saves me a lot of space. Real men don't need no stinkin' directions. And even If I tried to store it, I would never find it again anyways
You have a point. I rarely refer to the manual once I have set up the appliance. Some are worth saving though. Snow Thrower, Generator - I may need to refer to them when I have to do work on them someday. But for appliances like a refrigerator - I have never read the manual. For the washer, if I need parts, I just go to Sears Parts Direct and look them up by model number. The manuals are pretty much useless these days. I guess I like to scan stuff, so I do it.

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Manuals, warranty information you can always get from the manufacturer website. Most places like Lowe's, etc., now allow you to store the purchase through a personal account, such as how the "My Lowe's" works.

I usually will place the receipts in a basket that we keep them in, along with the master discs for my laptop.

I have thought about scanning them into a folder on my cloud space, and my NAS. But after dealing with document management for three years, I realized that it was more pointless, than a necessity.



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Old 12-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #21
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I have seven 3" ring binders each with 30 or so clear pocket sleeves. The binders are segregated/labeled Electronics I, Electronics II, Appliances, Tools, RC Planes, Shooting, and Miscellaneous. The pocket sleeves not only house the user manuals but also the sales receipts, warranties, and small accessory parts. This library has grown over 40 years from one to seven.

Especially fun is returning a 35 year old garden hose to Sears for replacement and present the original Lifetime Warranty and sales receipt.

I have scanned selected manuals for my phone & iPad. This was my big chance to NOT include the other five language versions that are bound into the paper manuals.
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I have plastic storage drawers, 8" x 11" (a set of 3), from WM with the year on a label on the front, and I just throw everything in there. I keep these units in the garage since I rarely need to access any info stored in the drawers.
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The cabinet above our micro/hood all in one is pretty much useless. I put all warranty/etc stuff in there. In a plastic box.
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I use Evernote. It's a service/app. I put all relevant pdfs into the Evernote app on my laptop. It is stored on my laptop and sync'd to Evernote's servers. I also backup everything in Evernote to my own multiple hard drives one of which is stored off-site. If all my copies are wiped out, Evernote still has a copy.

Once a manual is in Evernote, from any smartphone/tablet (Android/iOS/Windows Phone) or computer I can access it and more importantly, do a text search within the pdfs. I can also print out specific pages from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection or do an screen capture and post it online.

Any special notes or must have info I type into the same note associated with the pdf and it is sync'd up automatically. Another useful thing you can also do is make your appliance manuals notebook shared, so the public can access them, in case you want to help out your buddy who's not so organized and lost his user's manual.

I'll keep the dead tree version of manuals somewhere, but it's pretty much dead to me - I've never needed to use any luckily. I've been using the digital version of manuals ever since they went pdf and storing them in the cloud since 2009.

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