Windows Help does not have any information about individual applications. You must go to that application's own Help menu.
The application Paint comes with Windows, so it is a good choice for exploring how to get Help for an application. The dialogs look different in different versions of Paint but Paint itself does not change much.
You will be using Paint later to print images of what you have done in the exercises. Paint is fun, but it is also a useful tool.
Old Help file format:
Versions after Windows 98 do not support the old .hlp format for Help files. Some of your older programs may still use this format. If you try to open such a file, you will see a message that informs you of this problem. The message window also has a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base page with instructions about a downloading an old file to fix this problem. It is not simple! You may be able to find help for your question elsewhere by searching the Internet.
Step-by-Step: Application Help - Paint
|What you will learn:||to open an application from the Start menu/Start screen
to open Help for an application
to work in an application with Help open
to practice drawing with Paint's tools
Start with: Desktop showing
When Paint opens, the size of the window and the size of the drawing area (the canvas) are what they were the last time Paint was used.
A Help window opens. Except for WinXP, this window is actually a type of browser window.
The Paint Help window is quite different in different versions!
Some other programs still use the WinXP style with two panes, even when installed on computer with a more recent operating system.
Find Help about drawing a straight line:
Click on the link '
Read how to draw a straight line.
Open the other hidden parts of this section and read them.
Win8, Win8.1: Help for Paint in these versions not available offline.
Currently [Dec. 2015] the article is still not available online, at least for Windows 8.1! Clicking the Help button opens a window that says the content is no longer available. There is a link to the Windows website, but it opens a page with many categories. None seem to fit Paint.
There is an online article written for Paint in Windows 7 that explains the ribbon interface and tools. You can use that article if necessary.
Remember- to move a window, drag the window by its title bar.
The next project, Files and Folders, will cover how to save your work. For now, just mess around with the Paint tools and have some fun!
The line width you choose remains in place for the outline of shapes also. To change line width you will have to go back to a line tool to choose the width.