90 Percent of People Don't Know How to Use CTRL+F

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    Aug 19, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/crazy-90-percent-of-people-dont-know-how-to-use-ctrl-f/243840/

    "90 percent of the US Internet population does not know that. This is on a sample size of thousands," Russell said. "I do these field studies and I can't tell you how many hours I've sat in somebody's house as they've read through a long document trying to find the result they're looking for. At the end I'll say to them, 'Let me show one little trick here,' and very often people will say, 'I can't believe I've been wasting my life!'"

    I can't believe people have been wasting their lives like this either! It makes me think that we need a new type of class in schools across the land immediately. Electronic literacy. Just like we learn to skim tables of content or look through an index or just skim chapter titles to find what we're looking for, we need to teach people about this CTRL+F thing.
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    Aug 20, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    I do that all the time at work and people are like "what!? what did you just do?"
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    Aug 20, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    lol, same with my friends. It's amazing how some of them know how to do spreadsheets and excel, but they don't know ctrl+f or alt+tab or on mozilla ctrl+t to open up a new tab.
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    Aug 20, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    I do it in older bumped threads all the time to see if I've posted in them yet.
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    I learned to use short cuts in the infancy of Windows and now find myself totally irritated with the newer versions of Excel and Word that don't support all the short cuts. The mouse isn't used unless there is a requirement to get the task done. It's amazing how many people never learned short cuts and depend on the mouse to the menu method. This is a bit like destroying a beautiful ballet with unnecessary movements.
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    I didn't know that either, but I always use edit and find. Same thing.
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    omg!
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    Aug 20, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif

    I thought this was common knowledge...
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    This makes me sad. How else would I find out if an erotic story online was relevant for me without me finding keywords of things I like? icon_razz.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Aug 20, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    I just always use my edit button...icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    I'm sorry but I am getting better.
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Aug 20, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    I use it all the time to search for key words, when I don't want to read an entire article/page. I know, I'm lazy. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    Really? Oh wow. Wait until they figure out Alt+Ctrl+LeftArrowKey. That'll throw them for a loop. icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    For 10 geek points, tell us what Ctrl-F does in the "vi" editor....

    (And just wait for the old WordPerfect people to start telling us what Ctlr-Alt-Shift-F5 did.)
  • Spiritreaver

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    Aug 20, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    What the hell? I use this every day.

    I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I try to show people how to do things on the PC all the time, and I'm a big fan of keystrokes over pointing and clicking... usually baffles people.

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    Aug 20, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    Haha wow 90% thats sad...another good one is when people don't know the CTRL C and CTRL V options. Or searching an entire web address, www. included, on google instead of typing it into the address bar.
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    Aug 20, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    i feel like an idiot. i have no clue what CTRL+F does
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    Aug 20, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    BangitUp saidlol, same with my friends. It's amazing how some of them know how to do spreadsheets and excel, but they don't know ctrl+f or alt+tab or on mozilla ctrl+t to open up a new tab.


    Lol ummmm, I'm kind of embarrassed that I just went through all of these just now for the first time and each time a little mental "Wow!" went off hahaicon_redface.gif
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    Aug 20, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Thats so true > I was teaching a class and it amazed me how a lot of long time computer users didnt know
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    Aug 20, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Ctrl F got me through some pretty crazy accounting classes in college. We had to search for information in companies' annual reports and I just Ctrl F'd my way through the whole thing. Most of the class took hours to read through and analyze things. Muhahahahah!
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    Aug 20, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    Ha...funny.....i still mess ppl up with Alt+F4......."hey how'd u do that"
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    Aug 20, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    brittainswei saidi feel like an idiot. i have no clue what CTRL+F does



    Me either icon_eek.gif
  • FredMG

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    Aug 20, 2011 7:02 AM GMT
    the secrets of the universe are safely tucked away in help menus and public libraries.

    In the age of XP/NT, when some hot shot new kid would walk trying to impress me I'd ask "at the dos 6.22 comand line prompt, how do you format a single sided, single density 3.5" floppy from the command line".

    Not one of them ever tried the "Format ?" command. Tards.
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    Aug 20, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    My favourite short cut is in Excel. Press F4 and it repeats the last action. Very useful.
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    Aug 20, 2011 8:34 AM GMT
    I always Ctrl+f the word "masculine" to see if a thread is worth reading or not.