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SOIC Manual Chapter 2. User's Reference Guide

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2.9 The Help Menu

You can access the SOIC Help System by selecting the Help item on the menu bar. The menu bar spans the top of your computer's screen, and is located above the Data Entry Form. The menu bar is not available from parts of the program other than the Data Entry Form. For example, if you have opened a file management dialog box, the menu bar may be visible, but is not accessible. You cannot access the menu bar unless you cancel the dialog box and return to the Data Entry Form. You can, however, access the Help System from anywhere in the program (except from a message box) by pressing F1.

To access help from the menu bar when the Data Entry Form is active, press ALT+H or click on the Help item on the menu bar with the mouse. A pull down menu appears:

SOIC Drop down menu.  Help menu displayed.

The pull down menu gives you four options. You can choose any one of them by clicking on the one you want with your mouse. Alternatively, you can move to the option you want with the ARROW keys and then choose the option with ENTER.

The SOIC Help System is managed by the Windows Help application, a software program supplied with all copies of Microsoft Windows. The Windows Help application runs as a separate program from the SOIC System.

Because the Windows Help application runs as a separate program from the SOIC System, it is possible to switch back and forth between the SOIC System and the Help System. The Windows keyboard command ALT+TAB switches between running programs. If you continue to hold down ALT after pressing TAB, Windows displays a bar containing the icons of all running programs. You can cycle among the icons by pressing TAB repeatedly. The icon that is highlighted when you finally lift the alt key represents the program that will become active.

You can close the Help System by clicking on the Cancel button at the bottom of the window. You can press ESC or ALT+ F4. You can also click on the X symbol in the extreme upper right hand corner of every Windows window.

Top of Page     2.9.1 The Help Contents Option

This option opens the Help system with its initial window displayed. This window contains the home SOIC Help screen:

SOIC Help Window.

Clicking on any of these topics leads you further into the SOIC Help table of contents, so you can browse for a topic that you want.

You can access the Contents feature from any topic in the Help system by clicking on the Contents button at the top of the window. You can go to the contents page from the Data Entry Screen by choosing "Contents..." from the Help menu or by pressing ALT+H, C.

Top of Page     2.9.2 The Help Index Option

The Help system contains an Index feature that allows you to search the system. The Index contains an alphabetical list of key phrases that identify help topics:

SOIC Help index screen.

You can access the Index feature from any topic in the Help system by clicking on the Index button at the top of the window. You can go directly to the search feature from the Data Entry Screen by choosing "Index..." from the Help menu or by pressing ALT+H, I.

Top of Page     2.9.3 The Help Search Option

The Help system contains a Find feature that allows you to search the system. Almost every word found anywhere in the SOIC Help system can be located using the Find feature:

SOIC Help window used to 'Find' keywords or topics.

You can access the Find feature from the Help System by clicking on the Find tab at the top of the Index window. Find may ask you to generate a database before you use it. This is not a lengthy process.

Top of Page     2.9.4 The About SOIC Option

The About SOIC option opens a window that contains information similar to what you would find on the copyright page of a book. The information includes the exact release number of the version you are running. To choose the About SOIC option, click on Help and then About SOIC with the mouse, or press ALT+H,A.

 
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