I do usually go to manuals when I cannot immediately discern the way to work something. Since I started going blind as a bat, I am less inclined to read, except for pleasure (Can't live without my books). I just can't be bothered to take out my glasses so I don't have to squint. My days of "Dreamweaver for Dummies" is behind me, it better have a video tutorial for me to follow or you will hear me complaining as I search for those stupid Progressives. I can't make them work anyhow, the reading zone is too darn small.
I am willing to get a Kindle or ipad this Christmas just to be able to make the text bigger. Of course I will have to make friends with so many people so I can borrow the books they bought. I read way too much to buy the books I read, I go to the library every week and stock up. I am not really interested in free ebooks, they are books that I don't really want to read or I have read already. Wow, I have really strayed off topic here, another thing I tell my students and kids not to do. Back on topic, following directions.... Good or Bad? Hmmmmm, ask me next week... meanwhile I have enclosed a helpful article about teaching students how to read directions.