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Using the Help system
Using the Help system
Excel was a powerful program right out of the starting gate way back in 1985. Over the
years, Excel has developed into an extremely complex and sophisticated application. It’s
so complex that most people need to learn only about 20 percent of its capabilities. Many
people turn to books like this one to help them make sense of it all. But almost every Excel
user turns to the Help system; all Excel users should. After years of working out the kinks,
Microsoft has made the Help system more “helpful,” less obtrusive, more comprehensive,
and much easier to use.
Help on the surface
Although the mythical, magical, space-age vision of easily understood, self-documenting
software has yet to be fully realized, Microsoft is taking steps in the right direction. Dynamic
pop-up labels called ScreenTips have been around for quite a while providing visual clues
to elements in the interface. Many of these ScreenTips have increased in size considerably
over the years, and they contain more and better information. Simply rest the pointer on
any button or command on the ribbon or the Quick Access Toolbar to display a ScreenTip,
as shown in Figure 2-38.
Figure 2-38 Rest the pointer on any command or button on the ribbon or the Quick Access
Toolbar to display a ScreenTip.
Help in the form of ScreenTips is also available for many items in dialog boxes such as Excel
Options. (To open this dialog box, click the File tab and then click Options.) In this context,
look for the little i (for information ) icons next to items in the dialog box, which indicate
more information is available. Just rest the pointer on the icon to display the ScreenTip, as
shown in Figure 2-39.
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