Using the Help Window
You can also forgo either the Type a Question box or the Office Assistant and get your help directly from the Help window. To directly access the Help window, select Help and then Microsoft Access Help . You can also press the F1 key to make the Help window appear.
The Help window provides two panes. The pane on the left provides three tabs: Contents, Answer Wizard, and Index. The right pane of the Help window provides either help subject matter or links to different Help topics. It functions a great deal like a Web browser window. You click a link to a particular body of information and that information appears in the right pane.
The first thing that you should do is maximize the Help window by clicking its Maximize button. This makes it easier to locate and read the information that the Help system provides (see Figure 10.3).
When you first open the Help window, a group of links in the right pane provides you with access to information about new Access features and other links, such as a link to Microsoft's Office Web site. Next , take a look at how you can take advantage of different ways to find information in the Help window: the Contents tab, the Answer Wizard tab, and the Index tab.
Figure 10.3. The Help window provides access to all the help information provided for Access.
View the Help Window Tabs If you don't see the different tabs in the Help window, click the Show button on the Help window toolbar.
Using the Contents Tab
The Contents tab of the Help system is a series of books you can open. Each book has one or more Help topics in it, which appear as pages or chapters. To select a Help topic from the Contents tab, follow these steps:
Using the Answer Wizard
Another way to get help in the Help window is to use the Answer Wizard. The Answer Wizard works the same as the Ask a Question box or the Office Assistant; you ask the wizard questions and it supplies you with a list of topics that relate to your question. You click one of the choices provided to view help in the Help window.
To get help using the Answer Wizard, follow these steps:
Print Help If you want to print information provided in the Help window, click the Print icon on the Help toolbar.
Using the Index
The Index is an alphabetical listing of every Help topic available. It's like an index in a book.
Follow these steps to use the index:
Navigation Help Topics You can move from topic to topic in the right pane of the Help window by clicking the various links that are provided there. Some topics are collapsed . Click the triangle next to the topic to expand the topic and view the help provided.