Familiar incident: The text document of your choice is open on your desktop, and you can swipe your ten fingers across your computer keyboard, typing that all-important email, the next great educational novel, or your final semester thesis on the groundbreaking shooter Wolfenstein 3D.
Suddenly I noticed: I incorrectly spelled “BJ Brazkowicz” and “BJ Blazkowicz” shooter hero, so I mixed up the “l” and “r”.
Similar situation: You’re sitting down to write an article and you’ve completely forgotten who invented the classic point-and-click adventure “Monkey Island.” Because your ISP of choice is currently letting you down, or your personal library consists exclusively of Tom Clancy novels, you’re lost.
So I put the text placeholder “Otto Normalmensch” where that would actually be the name of the game developer you’re looking for. Because later you will search for the correct name and install it (spoiler: the inventor of Monkey Island is called “Ron Gilbert”).
And now? After some time, you will learn that the hero of the shooter writes himself “Blazkowicz” and that the progenitor of the adventure is called “Ron Gilbert”. Now you’ve entered the misspelled name or outdated placeholder into your document dozens of times – and now you have to manually correct each word very carefully?
Oh no! There’s a simple trick that allows you to exchange all the words (or entire sentences) you need to review with each other using just a keyboard shortcut.
My innovative Windows shortcut: Soon you won’t want to do without it
Long introduction, useful added value. I don’t want to hold you back any more than 3D Realms did for their fans with “Duke Nukem Forever” (yes, that joke has a beard).
If you open a Word word processing program, an Excel spreadsheet, a PowerPoint presentation tool, or similar applications on a Windows computer, simply use this key combination to open the Find and Replace function.
[Strg] + [H]
The corresponding window should now open. You must now enter the word or sequence of words you wish to find in the Search field. In the Replace With field below, type the word you want to replace the word in Find For. Note: You can also replace entire sentences with individual letters if you wish.
Relevant: The Search field shows you how many times the term you’re looking for appears in your document. In the Find and Replace window, you can now use the Replace All button to replace all Search terms in the document with those in Replace From. Or you can use the “Replace” button and switch between the found locations individually using the “Forward” and “Back” buttons.
By the way: so to speak, L’s little sister [Strg] + [H] It is another shortcut through which you can also find certain words – but that’s about it. Because if you press…
[Strg] + [F]
… In most applications such as Word or Excel, you are looking for lexical units for linguists’ language use. It is suitable for exchanging terms fairly quickly [Strg] + [F] no. Personally, I still use it every day. For example, to quickly jump to parts of longer text you are looking for.
Especially in lead deserts, where sections of meaning and text are arranged in a confused manner [Strg] + [F] The key to gold for researchers. This way you can get the information you want in a jiffy.
Finally, a fun fact [Strg] + [H]: If you press this in an internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, the Find and Replace window will not open. No, when you surf the Internet, it’s there [Strg] + [H] It taps, clicks, or pops up your browser history. So you can see a combined list of websites you’ve recently visited.
Naturally, this function is also useful if you accidentally close the page of interest. Using the shortcut, you can now quickly see where you were last on the World Wide Web – and what the damned site is called that has “the world’s best cooking tips for cabbage rolls”, to use a random cooking example.
By the way: “Press Spacebar” is the best trick for iPhone and Android that you should know
As a long-time Windows PC user, are you familiar with the shortcuts shown here? Or are you happy with these brand new key handouts, which will make your work on the ABC keyboard and in front of the screen easier now, in the future and forever? Feel free to write us your opinions and experience reports in the comments.
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