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Larilyn's Tip of the Week: Find What You're Looking For

Many moons ago, I shared a tip with you all that I am going to re-visit today.


I shared a tip many years ago about how to use the Find key shortcut while scouring through Google search results.

However, there are two things that made me think it was a good idea to re-visit this topic.

The first being that this function is useful in far more than just Google settings.  I use it practically every day - on web sites, in emails, in Word or Excel.  Basically, if it's on your computer you can use it.

And the second reason I wanted to revisit it is because three different times in the past week, when I mentioned to someone that they should use this trick to find something in a list of literally 10,000 things - they looked at me like I must be an alien because they had no idea what I was talking about.


So it made me realize that it really is just not that well known of a tool, but it is such a great tool that I need to spread the news far and wide.  Shout it from the rooftops.  Send it digitally....well, through email or newsletter.

My question to you is this:  do you know the magic to be found in these two keys?


These keys are amazing.  I can have a thirty page paper, and can't remember which page the section where I talk about apples is.  But I need to find that section, because I know I mis-quoted my expert.  I hit CTRL + F, type apples in the search bar, and it searches my whole paper for me.

Or I have a list in Excel of hundreds of products, but I need to find the one particular sku - well, just CTRL + F and search that sku - it will take you right to the correct line.

Or perhaps I am doing research and am looking on a website and need to see if they have anything on their page about cellular peptide cake - but they don't have the best web developer, and the site isn't very snazzy looking and is very, very wordy.  CTRL + F, type in my key words, and find out within two seconds that they don't mention it at all!  Moving on quickly to find what I need.


My point being simple:  know this key combination.  Use this key combination.  Love this key combination.  It makes life so much easier.