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Using online Help

For complete information about using palettes and tools, you can use online Help. Online Help includes all of the information from the Adobe Illustrator 10.0 User Guide, plus keyboard shortcuts and additional information, including full-color galleries of examples not included in the printed user guide. All of the illustrations in online Help are in color.

Online Help is easy to use, because you can look for topics in these ways:

  • Scanning a table of contents.

  • Searching for keywords or phrases.

  • Using an index.

  • Jumping from topic to topic using related topic links.

Displaying the online Help contents

First you'll look for a topic using the Contents screen.

To properly view online Help topics, you need Netscape® Communicator 4.0 (or later) or Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later). You must also have JavaScript active.

1.
To display the Help Contents menu, choose Help > Illustrator Help, or press F1 (Windows).

2.
Drag the scroll bar or click the arrows to navigate through the contents. The contents are organized in a hierarchy of topics, much like the chapters of a book.

Illustrator Help Contents screen

3.
Position the pointer on the Looking at the Work Area chapter, and click it to display its contents.

4.
Locate the Toolbox Overview (1 of 5) topic, and click to display it. An illustration of the selection tools and shortcut information appears.

The online Help system is interactive. You can click any blue text, called a link, to jump to another topic. The pointer icon indicates links and appears when you move the mouse pointer over a link or a hotspot.

Using keywords, links, and the index

If you can't find the topic you are interested in by scanning the Contents page, then you can try searching using Search.You can search using keywords or phrases.

1.
Click Search, and type Brushes in the text box. Click the Search button to go to that topic. A list appears of the items containing information about brushes.

2.
Click Creating Brushes to learn about creating brushes. Notice that there are several subtopics available for further research.

3.
Click Creating a Calligraphic Brush to read step-by-step instructions on how to create a calligraphic brush.

You can also search for a topic using the Index.

4.
Click Index to go to an alphabetical listing of topics. You will see an alphabet.

5.
Click the letter H to get a listing of all the topics starting with H.

6.
Click the 1 or 2 next to the hand tool entry to get information about the hand tool and its functions.

Click Index for alphabet.

Click letter for topics; then click number.

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