Research Tips: Using Find to Save Time

This is the first in a series of three videos highlighting my favorite time-saving search tips. They are easy to master and will save you oodles of time on your web searches.

Using Find

This first one is so easy, you probably already know it—but you may not have known to use it in your web browser. The Find feature that you know and love from Microsoft Office is available in your trusty web browser. Here’s what it looks like in action (I recommend viewing in full screen):

To activate Find, press Ctrl+F on a PC, Cmd+F on a Mac.

Suggestions for Using Find Online

  • Searching for unusual words in text
  • Searching for page numbers in long PDFs
  • Searching for names
  • Checking your website for words you frequently misspell

This post was inspired by the launch of Google’s Advanced Power Searching class. I’d highly recommend their first course, Power Searching with Google. This post, as well as the next two videos, reference tips covered in the Power Searching Course. And as always, if you don’t have time or the inclination to do the research yourself, I’m happy to help.