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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 04:06 PM

Only one in 10 know what Ctrl-F does [View all]

I never knew this either. This will help a lot in my research.

Only one in 10 know what Ctrl-F does - here are shortcuts you should know

"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 published yesterday.
"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."
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(NB: Where the CTRL-F "find" box appears on your computer screen depends on which browser you use - for instance, a box will appear top left of your computer screen if you use Internet Explorer, bottom left if you use Firefox, top right if you use Chrome.)
So how can 90 per cent of users not be aware of this simple but useful shortcut?
Mark Pesce, a futurist and honorary associate in digital cultures at the University of Sydney, said it was all about the lack of education.

"I really think there's been no effort at any level - whether it's in a company or school or even nationally - to teach people.
"I think we just all assume that we all know it, but no one actually does."
Mr Pesce said the responsibility to educate the public on such tools could fall on librarians, who use search tools as part of their job.
He told public librarians at their annual meeting this month they were "going to be principally responsible for training a nation that's about to get a National Broadband Network, that has no idea how to use it".
"The problem exists because people are habitually trained by what they always do on computers and they don't go beyond that.


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