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Understanding the Excel Help System
Understanding the Excel Help System
Along with Office 2007 came a new type of Help system. The new Help system (officially known
as the Help Viewer) is also part of Office 2010.
One component of the Office Help system is its Supertip feature. When you hover your mouse
over a command on the Ribbon, you see a pop-up description of what that command does.
Figure 26-1 shows an example of a Supertip.
Figure 26-1: A pop-up Supertip describes each Ribbon command.
But the real Help content is found in the Help Viewer window. The following notes help
familiarize you with the Excel Help system:
h The Excel Help system has a single entry point. To display Excel Help, press F1 or click the
round question mark icon below the Excel title bar.
h The Help content resides in two places: on your hard drive and on a Microsoft Web server.
The lower right corner of the Help window displays the status in a button: either Offline
(shows content only from your computer) or Connected to (shows content
from the Web). You can change the status by clicking the button and making your choice.
In some cases, using the Online option gives you more up-to-date information.
h Connecting to displays additional content that’s not available when you
choose the Offline option. Specifically, you can search for templates or training materials,
and also access information for developers. Figure 26-2 shows the option in the
dropdown Search button list.
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