90% of Computer Users Don't Know How To Use CTRL-F

By Gary Arrington | Feb 04, 2013
Courtesy of: Lifehacker.com

A few years ago, a study conducted by Google found that 90% of computer users didn't know they could use CTRL-F to search for a word in a document. The results stunned Google's Dan Russell.

"I interviewed a bus driver who was searching for a transportation rule for a test," Mr Russell told the New Scientist magazine in an interview.

"She was scrolling line-by-line through a 100-page web document, so I asked her why she didn't use 'control+F' to search by keyword. It turns out she didn't know about this absolutely basic browser function."

"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!'"

Keyboard shortcuts are tools that can increase anyone's productivity when working on a computer. Unfortunately, not many people take the time to go beyond learning to use the mouse. Our friends over at Lifehacker.com have taken the time to create the chart below of the 10 most common keyboard shortcuts everyone needs to know. If you want to really learn these,  temporarily set the image below as your desktop background, or print it and place it on your wall (right-click on the image to save it to your computer). Most of all, force yourself to use shortcuts until they become second-nature. 

The 10 Most Common Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Needs to Know


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