In a recent interview, Google anthropologist Dan Russell, who spends time with random people studying how they search for things, said 90 percent of people don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page.
For those who are familiar with computer shortcuts, that statistic - that so many people might not know a very basic way to speed up searching within documents - is astounding. Genealogists and family historians spend so much time working with documents.
Russell is the expert, however, so we’ll take his word for it.
With that in mind, below are some very useful shortcuts that may help you in searching and using information within and between documents.
This will be even more useful with the new addition of billions of records now part of the MyHeritage family as a result of our recent FamilyLink and WorldVitalRecords acquisitions.
CTRL-F Find a word or text on the page
CTRL-C: Copy selected text
CTRL-V: Paste copied text
CTRL-X: Cut selected text
CTRL-B: Bold selected text
CTRL-I: Italicize selected text
CTRL-U: Underline selected text
CTRL-A: Select all text in the document / on the webpage
CTRL-Z: Undo the last thing you did
CTRL-O: Open a new file
CTRL-P: Print the current file
CTRL- "+" or "-": Increase or reduce font size of a webpage
For those interested in learning more:
CLICK HERE for a full list of Windows shortcuts
CLICK HERE for a full list of Apple Mac OSX shortcuts
What shortcuts do you find most useful? Share your experiences via comments below, via Twitter or Facebook.