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Using Access Help

The Access Help system uses HTML help—the new Microsoft online help standard. HTML help uses compressed HTML documents (.chm) files to replace traditional Windows help files (.htm) and the familiar Help windows. Microsoft's motive for changing the Help system appears to be aimed at eliminating costly conversion of .hlp files on the Microsoft Web site to HTML. Version 1.0 of HTML help in Office 2000, like version 1.0 of most Microsoft products, isn't ready for prime time. You're likely to find Office 2000 to be a hindrance—not an aid—to learning Access 2000.

Context-Sensitive Help

Context-sensitive help tries to anticipate your need for information by displaying Help windows related to the operating mode, function, and operation in which you are involved or attempting to perform. You can get context-sensitive help in any of the following ways:


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