Ohhh, so THAT'S how you do that

@makingpots (11916)
United States
January 21, 2009 11:48pm CST
Do you read owners manuals when you purchase something new? I don't know what I would have done without the owners manual to my digital camera. We all think we know how to take pictures, but there was just so much information on improving picture quality that I'm glad I didn't just try to figure out on my own. What owners manual have you learned the most from? Do you know anyone who writes owners manuals for a living?
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• United States
22 Jan 09
I am not a technical kind of gal. I don't understand half of what I read in manuals, and it is frustrating. BUT, I do read them, and I keep them, unlike my son, who just tosses them once he as looked them over. I use mine when I need a reference, or if I want to see if the camera, or the printer/scanner will do something when I get an idea. My cell phone has a freakin novel for an owner's manual! I am not kidding, that thing has as many pages Tale of Two Cities! I discovered, by chance, that my phone has video, audio capabilities. Why, I don't know, it doesn't even take good pictures. I am sure that if I read the manual cover to cover, I would find out that it would make dinner for me, if I programmed it right. My digital camera and my printer manuals are the ones I have learned the most from. No, I don't know anyone who writes manuals for a living. Would you WANT to write one? I can't even just TELL someone how to do what I do, never mind writing it all down and making diagrams.
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
My cell phone is frying up some ham and scrambled eggs for me as we speak. That was on page 267 of the manual. Heavens no, I wouldn't want to write one myself. For some reason I have met many people in my life who have done it for a living.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
Ok, thanks, going to my phone manual right now! *L*
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Most of the time I do not read the owner's manual completely. I look up what I need to know, try it and move on to the next questionable area where I need help. There are so many things to learn about a new product that I get confused trying to read the entire instruction book and apply what I've read all at once. Nope, I don't know anyone who writes owner's manuals for a living.
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Me too, I kinda hunt and peck around for the fun stuff in my owners manuals.
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@rtslvtwy (1088)
• Malaysia
22 Jan 09
I would say that most people do not read manuals when they purchase something. Neither do I. Most of the time I would keep the manuals aside and try figure it out on my own. Unless, I am really stuck using it or having real difficulties is using it then only will I go dig out the manuals and read it.
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Hi, rtslvtwy. Welcome to myLot. Yes, I've always kept them handy to read as needed until recently.
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@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
22 Jan 09
[i]Hi makingpots, I do read manual for camera, cellphone and even rice cooker! LOL! I always love to read since it's always different from my previous stuff! It's always nice to learn and know how to take care of the new purchased item![/i]
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Haha..... can you believe I have read a rice cooker manual not long ago. After years of just cooking it on the stove I finally broke down and bought one. I just wanted to make sure I took full use of it's options. I use the cooker all the time, it is great.
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@p1kef1sh (45696)
22 Jan 09
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
roflmao!!!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I have a tendency to play with stuff first and only use the manual if I cannot figure it out. Most of it is trial and error. I do not know any who does but I figure I do not need to know how it was created, only how to do it, like driving a car, I just need to know how to drive it, not build it. LOL
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
LOL I imagine wanting to play around first is human nature. I tend to skim through for special features.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
22 Jan 09
i can read them & not learn a thing. i have to be shown how to do something. i know of noone who writes manuals.
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@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Haha. I like to be shown who to do things.
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
22 Jan 09
Hi makingpots! Never knew anyone who writes owners' manual for a living. I do read owners' manual everytime I make a purchase of any gadgets or appliances. I do believe that having an owners manual will enable anyone to use the product more efficiently and effectively. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith210
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Hi, faith210. A manual reader.. Is is kind of funny the number of people I have known who wrote owners manuals for a living.
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• Lubbock, Texas
22 Jan 09
When all else fails read the instructions! Does it have pictures? I'm a visual learner. I have to be shown. I guess I'm like you and my camera manual is the one I've read the most. My vacuum cleaner is the next. I have to get it out every time I have to change the belt. Never can remember how to get the bottom plate off. Fortunately my daughter-in-law who lives next door knows all about cell phones and showed me how to use mine or I'd be getting the manual out every time I had to do anything. Some of the things she showed me aren't in the manual, or if they are I can't find them.
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Hi, thebeaddoodler. Everyone needs someone like your DIL in their life.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I don't know anyone who writes owners manuals...man that would have to be a tough one. I wrote a manual for work once..it's a toughy. The one I learned the most from is from my cell phone. Or the one for my camera....but I think I relied on the cell phone one the most.
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Seems like I am always looking up something in my cell phone manual. This one I have now has way too many abilities.
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@GardenGerty (126904)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I know when I have not read instructions and owner's manuals it has been a big mistake. None of them stand out in my mind. I do not know anyone who writes owners' manuals, but I am sure it is a special person, possibly a good income.
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
It is not a very exciting read, but I've learned it IS a mistake not to read them.
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@ellie333 (21018)
22 Jan 09
Hi Makingpots, I am terrible for not reading instruction manuals and the one I have learnt the most from is the Haynes car manual as I do check things in that and do a lot of stuff on my car myself if I am able to. Huggles. Ellie :D
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
22 Jan 09
:) Hi, ellie333. I had fun looking through my car manual at all the little special things in my car. Haha, sounds weird, I know, but never would have known about so many things.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
27 Jan 09
Hi making pots I find it is a must to skim at least the users manual. When you read such manual you are making sure you are getting the best out of your product. When I bought my car I made sure to read the manual from cover to the last page. I wanted to make sure that I would not make something bad that could damage my car. (c) ronaldinu 2009
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
23 Jan 09
Hi Pots well to be honest, most of time i dont read complete ownermanual, but sure i reas as how to install it first, but dont go for more details untill needed, and whenever i need detail, i consult with it as i keep it safe, some times i do try to learn things by PRACTICE too, or consult others tooo Hmmm, i am not sure if some one writesManual for living as its Tech detail and only concern company its technicians can give you guid lines Best Regards Zass
@izathewzia (5139)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
I make it a point to always read the manual everytime I bought something. I don't assume that I already knew everything. So I still rely to manual for further knowledge regarding the product. It is important especially to avoid misuse of the product.
• United States
23 Jan 09
a few years back I bought an entertainment center from wally world right you know the kind you take home and put together yourself and I am pretty good at reading blue prints and I looked at this so called Manual and was like wtf! lol lol it was like take part g and put it in part p then take part g and p and put it in a and it went on and on like this lol well after all is said and done it was up and standing after like 3 hours lol and a month later I went to move and as soon as I took the tv and stuff off of the stand it fell like a house made of cards lol lol lmfao lol thank god it dint fall with everything on it but now the BF puts it all together lol
@kilani123 (865)
• United Arab Emirates
23 Jan 09
I work as an engineer so yes owners manuals always comes in handy when installing new machines in the factory iam working in so i always ready them .... but i didnt know anyone who do them for a living YET ..... ;)
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
I started to post my response, typed the whole thing out and then the darn site went down for maintenance, and I lost everything. What I wanted to say was that I always read the instructions, or I never know how to work anything, but the trouble is half of the time, I do not understand the instructions, they can be too technical for me. I get my son to read them then and then he explains it to me in a language I can understand. I never know manuel writer that worked for a company steady. But I did know a freelance writer on line who wrote for several companies, she wrote a lot of technical articles that was her full time job. But I lost contact with her years ago.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
yes I read them because I always have trouble figuring things out, and most of the time it is too technical and my son ends up rereading it and explaining to me what has to be done. I used to know a woman on line that wrote technical articles, how to operate this and that, but she was a freelance writer so she wasn't employed by anyone in particular and now I have lost touch with her on the net.
@apples99 (6561)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Yes I do read the owners manual I purchase things because sometimes thats they only way to figure out how it works or how to assemble the item right, but if the manual is to complicated I might put the manual away and just wing it and hope for the best, lol