Using Help

When working in Windows 98 using help features available to you can make your computer run more efficiently. Learn how in this lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Use Help

Using Help

Windows 98 has a handy Help feature to assist you in using your computer. Some of the help topics include Exploring the Internet, Printing, and Managing Hardware and Software.

To access Help:

  • Click StartactionHelp.
  • The Windows Help dialog box appears.
  • Click the Contents tab.
  • A list of topics appears in the left pane, including Introducing Windows 98, Printing, and Troubleshooting.
  • Click the topic you want to explore. Sometimes a list of subtopics appears. Keep clicking until you find the topic you want.
  • Information about that topic displays in the right pane.

Help window

Using the Index tab

You can use the Index tab to quickly find a specific topic.

To use the Index tab:

  • Click StartactionHelp.
  • The Windows Help dialog box appears.
  • Click the Index tab.
  • Type a keyword that pertains to the topic you're interested in learning about, such as files, printer, or Recycle Bin.
  • Click a topic in the left pane you want to explore.
  • Click Display.
  • A Topics Found dialog box appears, or a list of topics appears.
  • Click the topic you want to learn more about.
  • Click Display or Cancel.
  • If you click Display, information about the topic displays in the right pane.
  • If you click Cancel, the Windows Help dialog box appears so you can begin a new search.

Help window with Index tab displayed

Using the Search tab

The Help feature also allows you to use the Search tab to look for a topic.

To use the Search tab:

  • Click StartactionHelp.
  • The Windows Help dialog box appears.
  • Click the Search tab.
  • Type a keyword that pertains to the topic you're looking for.
  • Click the List Topics button.
  • When a list of topics appears in the left pane, click the topic you want to explore.
  • Click Display.
  • Information about the topic displays in the right pane.

Help window with Search tab displayed

Important PointOnce you begin your search, you may get a message saying No Topics Found. Try typing a different keyword.

Important PointDid You Know? You can press F1 on your keyboard to get Help in operating system applications. If you are using Calculator, Wordpad, or any other application, press F1 to get some useful tips.

Challenge!

  • Open Help.
  • Click the Contents tab to learn about What's New in Windows 98.