Internet Explorer function key template



  • I have a function key template (anyone remember those?) for internet explorer.  It seems to be pretty old, since none of the function keys in newer IE releases actually does what is labeled on the template.  Actually, I'm not sure if that's true, because there aren't really any words (like on the old wordperfect templates), just icons.  F1 is a book with a question mark on it.  Obviously that's the question mark book button, er, I mean the help button.  F12 actually has words; it says "hot keys".  I think that increases the temperature of the keyboard.  F9 is a folder with a five-point star, obviously a poorly drawn pentagram.  F10 is a sun dial; who knows what that does.  F11 is a satellite dish for those users with satellite internet connections.  F2 is the internet explorer icon, which is obviously useful if you want to start internet explorer from inside internet explorer.  F3 and F4 are less interesting, just arrow buttons, which I guess are back and forward.  F5 sorta looks like the refresh icon, which doesn't really make me think of refresh, but I still recognize it.  F6 is probably the best icon of the bunch; it clearly looks like a letter and an envelope, so I'll give the designer credit for making F6 the email key.  F7 is a house, and that probably takes the user home.



    But the best one of all is F8, which is labeled "IQ 99".  WTF?!?

     



  • I really like your message, but if you do care at all, the sun dial is the history icon in IE.  Or, it used to be.  The five pointed star is favorites, I believe.  F11 now in IE is full screen mode.  I'm not sure what the satellite dish could be... maybe active desktop?



  • I seem to recall the dish being related to "Channels", which was either an Active Desktop thing or something involving that screensaver, or something.



  • A quick google^Wsearch indicates that IQ99 is actually an autonomous robot of some kind:

    http://lci.isr.ist.utl.pt/projects/mrob/fst/iq99/index.html 

    Clearly pressing F8 unleashed an army of autonomous robots, hell bent on doing your evil will.



  • I think it's just pointing out that the maximum IQ of anyone that'd
    ever use such a thing is 99. To be honest, that's probably optimistic,
    even.

     

    Anyway, what's the explanation for the whole
    "sundial means browsing history" thing? I never did understand that. It
    can't really be as lame as "in historical times they used sundials so
    sundial=history"... can it?



  • Ok - maybe I don't get what's the original post really about, but lets see:

    [quote user="cout"]

    I have a function key template (anyone remember those?) for internet explorer.

    [/quote]

    Aren't these function keys labels, that 50% of keyboards around me has? If yes -> it's just label - these are normal keyboard shortcuts from IE. Nothing to get excited about really. If it's old it doesn't matter. Shortcuts were the same in (almost?) every version of IE.



  • Dang these function keys. How is anyone supposed to remember what they do when they have cryptic labels like "F4"? We should give them a template with cryptic pictures instead.

    I'm just looking at my bookshelf thinking, what's up with each book having its title on the binder? Wouldn't it be a lot easier if each book was distinguished by a little picture instead?

    --Rank



  • [quote user="RayS"]Anyway, what's the explanation for the whole
    "sundial means browsing history" thing? I never did understand that. It
    can't really be as lame as "in historical times they used sundials so
    sundial=history"... can it?[/quote]

    Oh, it's quite elementary, my dear RayS. A sundial shows time by casting a shadow, that is it indicates the position of the sun by marking it through it's absence, which is very clever indeed. However, given that light has an absolute speed, it is immediately obvious that it really shows the sun's historical position, where it has been, and never where it is now.
     



  • [quote user="Mikademus"]

    [quote user="RayS"]Anyway, what's the explanation for the whole
    "sundial means browsing history" thing? I never did understand that. It
    can't really be as lame as "in historical times they used sundials so
    sundial=history"... can it?[/quote]

    Oh, it's quite elementary, my dear RayS. A sundial shows time by casting a shadow, that is it indicates the position of the sun by marking it through it's absence, which is very clever indeed. However, given that light has an absolute speed, it is immediately obvious that it really shows the sun's historical position, where it has been, and never where it is now.
     

    [/quote]

    Oh, so IE's history function only shows the last 8.32 minutes of your browsing activity?



  • [quote user="Rank Amateur"]

    Dang these function keys. How is anyone supposed to remember what they do when they have cryptic labels like "F4"? We should give them a template with cryptic pictures instead.

    I'm just looking at my bookshelf thinking, what's up with each book having its title on the binder? Wouldn't it be a lot easier if each book was distinguished by a little picture instead?

    [/quote]

     

    Good point, bad example.  A bookshelf offers a lot more equivalent-of-screen-real-estate than a toolbar does.  Toolbars can fit in some text, but only if it's fairly short (especially to keep it readable) and/or compressed into a tooltip.

     



  • The current IE Function keys are:

    F1 - Help

    F2 - ?

    F3 - Find pop up

    F4 - List of Addresses you've typed

    F5 - Refresh

    F6 - Address Bar

    F7 - ?

    F8 - ?

    F9 - ?

    F10 - Menu bar active (like alt)

    F11 - Full Screen Mode Toggle

    F12 - ?



  • @evnln said:

    The current IE Function keys are:

    Down with the necromancer who joined solely for the purpose of resurrecting a 1.5-year old thread!



  • @AbbydonKrafts said:

    @evnln said:
    The current IE Function keys are:

    Down with the necromancer who joined solely for the purpose of resurrecting a 1.5-year old thread!

    And for such a worthless post, no less.



  • @Rank Amateur said:

    We should give them a template with cryptic pictures instead.
     

    Done. They can even be animated



  • @MarcB said:

    Done. They can even be animated
     

    Soooo... I could understand that the first post noob resurrected this thread,,, well not really. It was rather stupid for him too.

    But then you decide to pile more crap on it and pretend it is a current thread.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    But then you decide to pile more crap on it and pretend it is a current thread.
     

    So I don't memorize the dates of all the threads, and don't look at the dates of the earlier posts. I did read to the end and didn't see you piling on with with your usual necromancy B.S. so figured it was ok. So there, it's your fault. Learn to patrol the forums faster.

     

    </joke> 



  • @MarcB said:

    did read to the end and didn't see you piling on with with your usual necromancy B.S.
     

    So you didnt see the other two posters who complained about necromancy?

     

    It isn't just me who complains about this crap, despite what some people would have you believe.


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