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Using Access Help

The Access Help system uses HTML help—the Microsoft online help standard introduced by Office 2000. HTML help uses compressed HTML document (.chm) files to replace traditional Windows help files (.hlp) and the familiar Help windows. Version 1.0 of HTML help in Office 2000, like version 1.0 of most Microsoft products, wasn't ready for prime time. Access 2002's online help system offers a few improvements to the previous version, but still doesn't reach the level of usefulness of Access 97 and earlier online help systems.

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're involved or attempting to perform. You can get context-sensitive help in any of the following ways:


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