The Help system lets you browse, search, bookmark, and print help documentation.
The documentation is organized into sets of information that are analogous to
books. The help system also supplies a text search capability for finding the
information you need by search phrase or keyword, and context-sensitive help for
finding information to describe the particular function you are working with.
You can interact with help system in the workbench using the Help
view or in the separate Help window. The view and
window provide the same information but in different ways.
The Help view
The Help view provides help inside the workbench. You can open the view from
the main menu by selecting Help > Dynamic Help or Help >
Search. The view will open showing the Related Topics or Search page,
respectively. You can use links at the bottom of the help view to turn to other
read more about the Help view and its
The Help window
The Help window provides the same content as the Help view, but in a
separate window instead of in a view. You can open the window from the
main menu by selecting Help > Help Contents. The first view shown in
the window is called Contents. This view displays the table of contents for the
product documentation. Click on one of the links to expand the navigation tree
for a set of documentation.
required to display the normal help application "basic" help which will be displayed - this can
easily be identified because closed
books in the table of contents do not have an expander icon. You can find the user agent of your
If you are working through a task and encounter a part of the interface that
you do not understand, you can summon context-sensitive help. By default, this
will display the Help view and give you some specific information about the
view/editor/dialog you are using, and possibly some links to topics for further
Context-sensitive help can be accessed by bringing focus to the interface part
in question by clicking on it or using the Tab key, and then pressing
Shift+F1 on GTK+, and
Help on the
Mac). Alternatively, in dialogs you can achieve the same result by pressing
the help button in the
dialog's button bar.
An alternative way of presenting context-sensitive information is using
infopops. You can use the
Help preference page
to configure Help to use infopops instead of the Help view for displaying
Navigating help topics
Accessing context-sensitive help