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RISC OS 3.7 User Guide

26 - Help

The Help application is a program that displays information about applications whilst they are working, and about the desktop generally. When you first use an application, you may find it useful to have !Help present.

Starting Help

Help is in the Apps icon bar directory. To start the application, double-click on the !Help icon. The Help icon will appear on the icon bar and the Help window will open.

What's in the Help window

The window contains concise help information about the desktop. Whenever you can't remember what an icon means or what an option does, use Help. Just move the pointer over the part of the desktop that you want help about, and the help text appears in the help window.

As you move the mouse to a different part of the desktop or application, the help information changes. You can get help with windows, icons, menu options and dialogue boxes.

For example here is the help you get when you move the pointer over part of a !Draw window.

You can close the interactive help window by clicking on the window's Close icon. To display the help window again, just click Select on the Help icon on the icon bar. To close down Help altogether, choose Quit from the Help icon bar menu.

Other help information

There are several other ways to get help information about the desktop and applications:

Help information from applications

On the main Filer/Application submenu there is a Help option. Click on this to obtain helpful information about an application. This option is greyed out if the application does not have a help file.

When you click on Help the !Help file for the application is loaded into !Edit and displayed.

Help on command line *commands

If you want to find out about a particular *command, see the section Getting help in the chapter on the command line. You could also look in the text file StarComms in the Tutorials directory.

RISC OS 3.7 User Guide - 23 JAN 1997

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