Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 Logo:Jegsworks Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

Home > Jan's CompLit 101 > Working with Windows > Windows Basics > Help > Search App Help
Icon: Arrow - Previous pagePrevious    NextIcon: Arrow - Next page

Jan's Working with Windows:

  Help: Search Application Help

Sometimes none of the topics you see sound like they would answer your question. Don't give up!

If you can think of a keyword or phrase that relates to your question, the Search Help portion of Help may come to your rescue.

Help: Paint (WinXP)WinXP Style Help: Has tabs for Contents, Index, and Search. The Index includes only keywords. The Search portion makes a list of nearly all the words used in the Help files. It will omit words like "the" and "of". So if your brain works a bit differently and the guy who wrote the index is just not on your wave-length, the Search tab can at least tell you if your word is there at all.

Help for Quicken 2012 (Win8)Current program, Old style Help: Some current programs still use the older style Help windows or a combination of methods. The example at the right is the Help window for Quicken 2012.

There are only two tabs, Contents and Search. Index is missing.

Help in a browser using two panes like old WinXP help (Win8)Current program, Web page Help:
Most recent programs use some kind of web page to show the Help pages. The example at the right is the Help window in PaintShopPro XV. It appears in a browser but uses a two pane layout like the old WinXP Help files.

To search a page you can use the browser's Find (on this page) command. It is usually in a right click menu or in an Options or Settings menu, depending on which browser you are using.

The Find (on this page) command will only search the current page. To search all of the Help pages at once, there must be a search box included on the page or on a Search tab. If the Help pages are online, then Google or Bing can probably search the site.

Icon Step-by-Step 

Step-by-Step: Icon: WinXP WinXP style Help - Search Help

 Icon Step-by-Step

What you will learn: to use the Search tab to find a topic in Help
to close an application from the Taskbar

Start with: Paint with Help open Paint with Help open

The exercise below shows how to use application help in WinXP. But read through the steps below even if you don't use WinXP. You might run into a program that uses the old style.

Icon: WinXP WinXP: Use Search Help: Search Tab

  1. If necessary, open Paint again and open Help for Paint.
  2. Left click Click on the Search tab.

    If Search Help has not been used before for this particular Help file, you will see a dialog box that asks what size database you want to create. Choose Minimum database and click the Next button. In the next window click Finish. You'll see a book being written on while the database of words is created.

    Dialog - Help database  Creating word list

  3. Type erase in the text box at the top.
  4. Help: Paint (WinXP) Double Click Double-click on the topic To erase a large area in the list of topics in the bottom part of the Help window.
    The keyword is highlighted in the article. You can turn off the highlighting by pressing the F5 key on your keyboard. That refreshes the window.
  5. Read the topic and practice erasing on the picture you created in the last lesson or on a new picture.
  6. Help: Paint - Related topics - Erase a small area (WinXP)Left click Click on Related Topics at the bottom of the Paint Help window.
    You will see some choices in a menu.
  7. Left click Click on the topic Erase a small area to display it.
  8. Read the topic and practice erasing small areas in the Paint window.
  9. Close Paint Help by clicking on Close button the Close button.

Close Paint from the Taskbar

  1. Menu: Right click Task bar button for Paint (WinXP)Right click Right click on the Taskbar icon for Paint to see the context menu.
  2. Left click Click on Close.
  3. When you are asked if you want to save your picture, choose No.

    Keyboard tip Keyboard Method: The key combination ALT + F4 that can also be used when the application is the active one.