90 Percent of People Don’t Know What CTRL+F Does on Their Keyboards


When you want to find a word in a document, you press CTRL or COMMAND and F, right? Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic spoke with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, who conducted a study of thousands of people on their computing habits and tendencies. One finding shocked Madrigal: “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!” We can’t imagine going a day without using this shortcut, but most computer users somehow manage. Rick Perry said that he acknowledges the theory of pressing CTRL+F to find a word, but thinks it has some gaps in it.

Google launched to help people learn how to effectively search using the website. Dan Russell’s findings could give them cause to start smaller with things like “Shift makes letters go real big” and “The space bar is the bar that takes up all that space.”

Crazy: 90 Percent of People Don’t Know How to Use CTRL+F [Atlantic]