Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Help in depth
Figure 2-40 Your Help system works best when you’re connected to the web.
You can prevent Excel from automatically trying to connect to the web by using the Trust
Center dialog box. See “Privacy options” in Chapter 4, “Security and privacy.”
You’ll find that not much good information is available if you’re not connected to the web.
The few search results shown on the left in Figure 2-40 are simple Excel menu-to-ribbon
command references. The help content is all on the web now, but it’s robust with
procedures, templates, samples, interactive quizzes, tutorials, introductions, references, live
samples, and more as time goes by.
You’ll notice that the Help dialog box has a tiny toolbar with controls that look—and act—
similarly to the controls on your web browser’s toolbar. The first two buttons are Back and
Forward, which operate like their browser counterparts—they move you to the next or
previous topic in your history list. The Home button returns you to the opening Help screen,
and the Print button prints the current topic. Clicking the Use Large Text button is a toggle;
click to make the text a bit larger, and click again to return to normal.
The pushpin button in the Help dialog box is Keep On Top. It is set to Keep On Top
by default. When the pushpin is horizontal, the dialog box behaves like a normal
window, giving way to the active window when you click outside the dialog box. When the
pushpin button is vertical, the window stays on top of the Excel workspace, allowing an
unobstructed view of the Help window while you work. This button is a toggle; repeated
clicking changes the pushpin’s ScreenTip from Keep Help On Top to Don’t Keep Help On
Top. Whatever setting was active when you close the dialog box persists the next time you
open it.
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