Sunday, August 21, 2011

If you are reading this on a PC, hit control-F

(or command-F if you are on a mac, smartphone users check your menus)

If you are surprised by what you find, you appear to be a member of a rather-large majority.

Having worked in a computer-lab at UofL's med school while I was in college, I do have an appreciation for some of the things that folks don't know that they can do with their computer, but even this caught by surprise.... I can't even recall when I learned about Control-F.... I think it probably pre-dated the web-browser for me (since it's a common key-sequence in any program that deals with text).

Anyway.... looks like we need to address this particular gap in knowledge.

Read more after the break...
Amplify’d from

This week, I talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind. 90 percent of people in their studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page! I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don't use it at all.


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