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Surviving Without Documentation 147 Figure 15.3. Context-sensitive help is available for most dialog box options. · Right-click the option--In many dialog boxes, right-clicking an option displays a menu containing a single option: What's This? Click What's This? to display a description of the option. Notable Note In an attempt to make your computer seem more personal, some programs, including Microsoft programs, offer animated characters that pop up on your screen whenever they think you need help. For example, if you start typing a letter in some versions of Microsoft Word, a cartoon character (an Office Assistant) might pop up and ask if you need help. Just click links as you would in a standard help system or click the Close button to tell him to go away. Finding Answers in README.TXT Most programs come with a help menu of some type, which is the most logical place to look for help. However, if you can't even get the program running (or running right), you won't be able to get into the help system. When that happens, the first thing you should do is look for a README file. A README file typically contains information about installing and running the program, details about how the program works, information about new features, and descriptions of known bugs.