This post is really for all my non-PA readers. And by “non-PAs,” I mean “old people.”
With a sample size verging on the thousands, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a clear generational divide amongst people who borrow others’ computers. When the borrower is under the age of, say, 35, they will almost always open a new window or tab.
Over that age, they don’t seem to even know what a tab is. They’ll just start typing in whatever window you left open. If you’re lucky, when they’re done, they’ll just walk away, and you can back the page up. If not, they’ll close the window, along with the eleventy other tabs you had open.
(Actually, if you’re really lucky, they won’t know what Firefox is, and they’ll open Internet Explorer.)
What I’m saying to all you people who grew up with manual (no longer “standard”) transmissions and rotary phones and, I dunno, abacuses, here’s what you do when you borrow someone else’s computer: OPEN A NEW WINDOW.
It’s easy; just hit ctrl-N (-N on Apples). If you can’t figure that out, pull down the File menu (it’s in the upper-left) and select “New Window.”
Not doing that is the equivalent of walking up to someone’s desk and throwing everything to the floor.
But, old dogs, new tricks, etc, etc. I’ve gotten into the habit of creating a new window whenever anyone sits at my desk. It minimizes the damage they can do. Unless, of course, someone has taught them -Q on a Mac.