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Getting Help in Mac OS X

It’s a good thing you’ve got a book about Mac OS X in your hands, because you won’t get much help from Apple. The only user manual you get with Mac OS X is the Help→Mac Help command, which you can also summon by pressing -?. You get a Web browser–like program that reads a set of help files that reside in your System→Library folder.

You’re expected to find the topic you want in one of these two ways:

  • Drill down. The starting screen offers several “quick click” topics that may interest you (Figure 1-24). If so, keep clicking text headings until you find a topic that you want to read.

    You can backtrack by clicking the Back (left-pointing arrow) button at the top of the browser window.

    The Mac OS X Help system no longer bunches together the help pages from every program on your Mac, as it did in previous versions. When you’re in the Finder, you get the general Macintosh help screens. When you’re in iPhoto, you get only iPhoto help screens. And so on.But using the Home pop-up menu, you can switch to another program’s Help system even if that program isn’t open.

    Figure 1-24. The Mac OS X Help system no longer bunches together the help pages from every program on your Mac, as it did in previous versions. When you’re in the Finder, you get the general Macintosh help screens. When you’re in iPhoto, you get only iPhoto help screens. And so on. But using the Home pop-up menu, you can switch to another program’s Help system even if that program isn’t open.


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