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Getting Help While You Work

When you have a question about how to do something in OS X, you can usually find the answer with several clicks of your mouse. Mac OS X Help is a resource of information to help you use OS X. The Mac OS X Help Center is like an online book with a table of contents, complete with a search feature, and additional links to the Internet to make finding information a little bit easier. You can access help from the Help menu in the Finder as well as many other OS X applications, such as Safari and Messages; you can even switch between the different help libraries using the Home button. If you see the Help button (question mark) in a window or dialog, you can click it to get feature related help. If you have an Internet connection, Help retrieves online updates to Mac OS X Help content as necessary. For additional help and support information, visit the Apple web site at www.apple.com.

Browse for Help Information

  • yellow_01.jpg In the Finder, or any other application, click the Help menu, and then click Help Center or <application name> Help.
  • yellow_02.jpg To select another Help, click the Help for all your apps link, and then click a help library.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click a link in the Help window until you find the topic with the information you’re looking for.

  • yellow_04.jpg Use the Help toolbar to navigation help topics:

    • Click the Back and Forward button to view previously viewed topics.
    • Click the Action button to change text size, find and highlight text on current page, or print current topic.
    • Click the Home button to return to the first page of the help.
    • Click the Add Bookmark button to add the current help topic to bookmarks. Click Bookmarks button to display the bookmark list to open, remove or email.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click the Close button to quit Help.

Search for Help Information

  • yellow_01.jpg In the Finder, or any other application, click the Help menu, and then click Help Center or <application name> Help.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the magnifying glass in the Search field, and then click Include Product Support Results to check or uncheck it.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click in the Search field.

    TIMESAVER Press the Tab key to quickly go to the Search field.

  • yellow_04.jpg Type the words you want to find in the help topics, and then press Return.

    A list of matches appears with a Relevance column ranking the results by percentage.

  • yellow_05.jpg Click the topic you want to read in the search results list.
  • yellow_06.jpg Use the navigation buttons (Back and Forward) on the Help toolbar to move between help topics.
  • yellow_07.jpg Click the Close button to quit Help.

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