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Use the offline help system with a keyboard

The offline help system is keyboard accessible. There are a variety of commands that allow you to search, bookmark, and annotate topics. To open the help system, press F1 on your keyboard.

There are three main areas you will use in the offline help system, which are outlined in the screen capture below. The first area, labeled 1, is the tabs (Documentation, Bookmarks, Notes, and Search Results); the second area, labeled 2, is the table of contents; and the third area, labeled 3, is the topic frame where you read the topic.

Help viewer with numbered sections

Search the help system

The app opens with the pointer in the search box.

  1. Type a search term and press Enter.

    The Search Results tab will display relevant topics.

  2. Press Tab twice to focus on a topic's title and press Enter to go to a topic.
  3. To return to the Search Results tab, press Alt+4.
  4. To delete the entry, from the search box, press Tab to delete the entry.

Recent search terms

On the Search tab, you can view recent searches and return to the results as needed.

  1. Press Tab to focus on the term history drop-down menu View recently searched queries.
  2. Press Enter to see terms you previously used. Use the arrow keys to choose between recently searched terms and press Enter to display those search results.
    Recent search terms
  3. To return to the tabs at the top of the app, press Ctrl + Tab until focus has changed to the desired tab or search box.
    Search results tab displaying several topics

Browse topics on the Documentation tab

  1. Press the Tab key twice to move into the table of contents.
  2. Use the arrow keys to browse the table of contents.
  3. The right arrow key expands sections and the left arrow key moves to the previous section heading.
  4. Once you've located a topic, press Tab three times to move into the topic.
  5. Press Tab again to move to the first link in the topic.
  6. Use the up arrow and down arrow keys to scroll through the topic.

Keyboard shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are for the tabs at the top of the app and commands that interact with them. These tabs are always available when using the offline help system. The Alt commands make the respective tab active. From any given tab, you can press Tab to shift focus to different parts of the application.

KeyboardDescription
Alt+1

Go to the Documentation tab.

Alt+2

Go to the Bookmarks tab.

Alt+3

Go to the Notes tab.

Alt+4

Go to the Search Results tab.

Alt+5

Go to the Search box.

Right and left arrow keys

Move between the Documentation, Bookmarks, Notes, and Search Results tabs.

Ctrl + Tab

Move between the core tabs, search, table of contents, scroll bar, and topic.

Crtl+B

Add a bookmark Add bookmark.

Ctrl+N

Add a note Add note.

Ctrl+Plus Sign

Scale topic/Zoom in.

Ctrl+Minus Sign

Scale topic/Zoom out.

Tab

Move to the next link in a topic or search results.

Ctrl + P

Print the selected topic.

Add bookmarks

  1. Press Ctrl+B to bookmark a topic.

    The bookmark is added to the Bookmarks tab and the Add Bookmark icon Add bookmark at the bottom of the app changes to Delete Bookmark Delete bookmark.

  2. To see your bookmarks, press Alt+2.
    The Bookmarks tab lists your bookmarks in the order you added them.
    Bookmarks tab displaying several bookmarked topics
  3. To select a bookmark, press Tab until the app focus is on a bookmark.
  4. Use the up arrow and down arrow keys to move between bookmarks.
  5. Press Enter to go to a selected bookmark.
  6. You can also press Tab to focus on the arrow button Navigate to bookmark and press Enter to go to the topic.
  7. To delete a bookmark, press Tab to focus on the delete icon Delete bookmark from pane in the bookmark frame and press Enter.

Add a note

  1. To create a note, press Ctrl+N.

    When a note has been created, the Notes text box will appear.

  2. To enter text in the note, press Ctrl+Tab until the cursor appears in the Notes text box.

    When the note is created, the icon at the bottom of the app changes to Delete note Delete note where the note can be deleted if you choose.

  3. Once you finish typing, press Tab three times to move to the Hide Note button Hide note. Press Enter.

View a note

  1. To open your list of notes, press Alt+3.

    The Notes tab lists your notes in the order you added them.

  2. Press Tab until the app focus is on a note.
  3. Use the up arrow and down arrow keys to move between notes.
  4. Press Enter to go to the topic and open the note.

Edit a note

  1. To edit the note's text on the Notes tab, press Tab and change the text using your keyboard.
  2. When you are satisfied with the note, press Tab. to move to the Navigate button Navigate to bookmark and press Enter to open the topic.

Delete a note

To delete a note, press Tab to move to the Delete note button Delete note from pane in the note frame and press Enter. On the Delete note prompt, press the left arrow key to select Yes. Press Enter to delete the note.

Notes displaying several saved notes