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Mac OS X 10.6: Onscreen help in Mac OS X

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Onscreen help in Mac OS X

Using the help that comes with Mac OS X is easy. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from the help.

The Help menu

The Finder, Mac OS X applications, and many other applications have a Help menu that includes a search field for finding menu items and information.

  • To see how the Help menu works, open the Help menu in the Finder and type “burn folder.” The results include the New Burn Folder menu command and several help topics about creating and using burn folders.

  • Point to the New Burn Folder menu command. The File menu opens and a pointer appears over the command to make it easy for you to find.

  • To learn about burn folders, choose one of the help topics, or choose Show All Help Topics to see more topics about burn folders.

The Help Viewer

  • If you choose a topic from search results in the Help menu, or if you choose Mac Help or an application’s help (such as Mail Help or iTunes Help), the Help Viewer opens.

  • The fastest way to find information using the Help Viewer is to search. Type a word or two in the search field, and then press Return.

  • Searching help
  • To go to the home (starting) page of the help you’re viewing, click the Home button. To open the home page for a different application’s help, press the Home button until a menu appears, and then choose the help you want.

  • To see previous topics, click the Back and Forward buttons. To see a list of recently viewed topics, press the Back or Forward button until a list appears, and then choose the topic you want.

  • To make the help easier to read, choose Make Text Bigger from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear).

  • To print a help topic, choose Print from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear).

  • To search a help topic for a particular word or phrase, choose Find from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear), and then type in the search field.

Help topics for applications may have links to topics in Mac Help. If you search after clicking one of these links, you will be searching in Mac Help.

When you’re connected to the Internet, Help Viewer automatically displays the latest information available.

Last Modified: Aug 6, 2013
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