It’s a search-centric world — and has been since before Google became a thing. There is no shame in searching — unless you are slow at it.

💬 I once gave a timed challenge to class of my members about something that they had mostly learned in class but would need a little creativity.

I complimented the first person to finish.

Another member proclaimed, “But he Googled it!”

“Yep, and he did it faster than you,” I responded with a smile.

Rather that get disappointed that member learned something.

Searching is a Core Skill for Workflow Efficiency

Amy tells it like it is.

Amy tells it like it is.

[Read the Twitter thread yourself. It’s amazing]

It is far more important to learn to search than to do any specific technology skill besides reading and typing.

Here are some examples:

The only GUI you need is the search box on your system or application. Every modern device has one now. All you need to do is figure out how to make it show up.

cmd is the key with your computer logo on it (Windows, Mac)

OS Fancy Name Keys to Use
Linux Search cmd
Windows Cortana cmd
Mac SpotLight cmd + space
Chrome OmniBox None

Using the mouse and navigating through graphics menus and dialog boxes for System Preferences or anything else is archaic and slow. [The only way to look more like a noob is typing less than 60 wpm.]


These are all for Linux Mint Cinnamon — the best possible workstation operating system — but will work on other systems.

Type This To Do This
cmd “term” enter Open a command line terminal.
cmd “sound” enter Change your volume and sound output settings.
cmd “touch” enter Toggle your touchpad to on / off.
cmd “chrome” enter Start up Chrome web browser.
cmd “vsc” enter Start up Visual Studio Code.
cmd “spot” enter Start or focus Spotify.
cmd “mine” enter Start or focus Minecraft.

Trying to open any of these — but particularly the settings dialogs — would have fumbling with your mouse / touchpad and multiple different things to click on.

[Using Find in Your Web Browser]
[Terminal Master Workflow]