I had an interesting experience this week when I went for a doctor’s appointment. The clinic was enjoying the first day with a brand-new clinic application which was supposed to make life easier, reduce paperwork, and help with many of the routine tasks in the clinic. All sounds great, but, and there’s always a but, everyone has to know how to use the app, and for the most part, things were going pretty well up until it came to the point where the doctor wanted to print off a request for lab work, and then everything came to a grinding halt. As you can imagine, doctors are busy people doing doctor things and don’t necessarily have time to be sitting in courses, learning all fine points of the system, so there were stuck on how to print the request. Having more than a little experience in this area I suggested “file” and then “print”, but alas, no one was listening. So, after a few clicks of the right mouse button, and no obvious solutions, it was time to find the office manager for the solution. In she came, and the first words out of her mouth were, “Control” “P”, followed by “File”, “Print”, and the problem was solved.
I actually learned most of my computer stuff before windows was a part of the computer world, and I used what are now called keyboard shortcuts for everything, and even now prefer shortcuts to using the mouse because most of the time I have two hands on the keyboard, and using shortcuts is faster and easier. If you google windows keyboard shortcuts, it will display a list which you can print out and use as a quick reference guide. Sometimes tried and proven trumps newer and fancier.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard