The table of contents for Help for Windows shows categories of topics. "Getting started" is a good place to start!
|What you will learn:||to open Windows Help and Support
to navigate the Table of Contents to find a topic
to navigate the topics and related topics
To work with Help in WinXP, go to WinXP Help
Start with: Desktop and Taskbar showing
The Search view appears with your typing in the Search box.
Apps whose names match your typing appear on the left in Win8 and below in Win8.1. Help and Support is probably at the top of the list.
If Help and Support is already selected, press the ENTER key.
If Help and Support is not selected, click on Help and Support.
Windows switches to the Desktop and opens a window for Windows Help.
The page for Help Home shows three categories: Get started, Internet & networking, and Security, privacy & accounts.
Open the table of contents:
Vista/Win7: Open a Help article
The window changes to a new page which lists articles in this category.
An icon or with a
question mark is a link to an actual article.
An icon shaped like a book is a link to a list of links to articles or other lists.
Bread crumbs: At the top of the page, a set of bread crumbs shows you where you are in the structure of a set of web pages. This name comes from the fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel, who tried to leave a trail through the forest by dropping crumbs of bread. Their trail vanished when the birds ate the crumbs, so they could not get home!
For this page, the bread crumbs tell you that within the Help pages () you are at the page, which is in gray/black in the bread crumbs because it's page you are looking at.
This page has one link directly to an article. The rest lead to lists. <sigh>
All of the links on this page are to articles. At last!!
This article can be opened from other pages, so there is more than one path to get to it.
Win8, Win8.1: Open a Help article
Click the link 'Get to know Windows'.
The article opens.
These Help articles are plain with few illustrations.
The window does not show the bread crumb navigation that previous versions had.
There is no article about computers in general like the Introduction to computers article that was listed by previous versions of Windows. I guess we are all supposed to know how computers work already! (If you don't, go through my Computer Basics lessons.)
When an article is too long to fit into your window, how do you get to the part that is out of sight? There are several methods which you will find useful.
How many lines does the page move at a time? The
default is 3.
You can change this behavior in the Mouse Properties dialog, which opens from the Control Panel.
Which way do you roll the mouse wheel to see something further down the page? Further up the page?
Drag the vertical scroll box at the right edge of the window.
The height of this box shows the percentage of the article that is showing. For example, if half of the article is showing, then the scroll box is half as tall as the scroll bar.
How far does the page shift?
How far does the page shift?
At the upper right of the article are some links to subtopics in article. A link to a place in the same document is called a bookmark.
Several keys on your keyboard can help you navigate around the page.
Words in green in a Help article have a popup definition.
In other situations a screen tip pops up as soon as you hover over the magic spot and vanishes when you move the mouse away.
Try it: Hover over the green phrase "screen tip" in the line above. The definition of the phrase appears. No clicking necessary!
At the bottom, some articles have a list of related articles in a list called See also.
Articles do not have bread crumbs and there is no history list that you can view. There is no obvious reason why!
You will have to use the Back button on the toolbar to get back to the previous page.
To change links
back to blue:
The pages you open are remembered by your browser's History list. If you want to change all the links back to blue, you must make Windows forget where you have been by deleting the browser's History list entirely. This will remove ALL of the pages that your browser remembers, including pages on the Internet. The History that you can see in your browser does not show the History items for Help files. Once again, no obvious reason!
If your Windows version shows bread crumbs, on the page Learn about your computer, click on the link in the bread crumbs
You jump straight to that page and then...
Experiment: Practice moving around in the Table of Contents sections and jumping back to a previous page with the bread crumb links.