8.0 Getting Help

Hundreds of online help topics are at your fingertips while you're using HP VUE. Here are the ways you can request help:

Press F1 The "Help" Key

The quickest and easiest way to get help when you get stuck is to press F1. When you press F1, the application you are using responds by displaying the help topic most closely related to your current activity.

Using the Help Menu

Most applications have a Help menu that contains additional commands for requesting specific kinds of help-such as "Introduction," "Tasks," and "Reference."

To learn more about using help windows,choose Using Help from the Help menu in any HP VUE application. Or, you can press F1 while using a help window.

Browsing Help with Help Manager

The HP VUE Help Manager is a special help window that lists all of the online help installed on your system.

To browse the HP VUE help volumes:

8.1 Getting Help Within an Application

The HP Help System is built into each of the HP VUE applications (and possibly other applications installed on the system). When you ask for help while using an application, the application displays a help window.

The HP Help System provides two types of help dialogs that applications may use:

8.1.1 To display context-sensitive help

8.1.2 To display other application help

Displays the home topic for the application. The home topic is the main topic at the top of the application's help topic hierarchy, Hyperlinks in the home topic lead to all other help topics.

Displays task instructions for most operations performed with the application.

Displays referenc summaries for various features, such as windows and dialogs, menus, and resources.

On Item
Lets you pick an item in any of the application's windows, then presents a description of the item you've selected.

Using Help
Provides help on using the help windows.

Displays the version and copyright information for the application.

Non-HP VUE applications may have different commands in their Help menus.

8.2 Using Hyperlinks

One of the most important skills you need for using help windows is using hyperlinks. Any text in a help window that is displayed with an underline is a hyperlink. Choosing a link (with the mouse or the keyboard) immediately jumps to another related topic.

A solid underline (1) indicates a standard jump. A dashed underline (2) indicates a definition link, which displays a popup definition window (actually a quick help dialog).

Most hyperlinks display the related topic in the some window. However, if you choose a hyperlink that jumps to a help topic for another application, a new window is displayed. Links that jump from one application's online help into another's, are called cross-volume or cross-application hyperlinks.

8.2.1 Knowing where you are

Since hyperlinks can quickly take you from one piece of informationto another, it is sometimes helpful to know where you are. The Topic Hierarchy list provided in general help dialogs provides this information.

The first item in the list is the home topic, or top, of the current help volume. (Usually there's one help volume per application.) Each item below the home topic represents a level of hierarchy down to the last item, which is always the current topic.

As you follow hyperlinks, you'll notice the titles in the Topic Hierarchy list changing, always to reflect your current location.

8.2.2 Knowing where you've been

Each general help dialog keeps track of the 20 most recent topics that you have visited. To display this list, choose History from the Search menu. The History dialog lists the title of each topic (most recent topic on top).

To return to a particular topic, choose its title in the list. When you're done, choose Close.

8.2.3 To find a topic by exploring

8.2.4 To find a topic by keyword

  1. Choose Keywords from the Search menu to display the Keyword dialog.
  2. Optional: Type all or part of the keyword you are looking for into the Keyword Filter field. As you type, the keyword list is shorteded to show only the keywords that begin with the characters you type in (case is ignored).
  3. In the keyword list, select the keyword you are looking for.
  4. In the Keyword Result List, select a title of the topic you want to view. The topic you select is displayed in the help dialog.

You may view as many topics as you want. When you are done, choose Close.

The scope of the keyword index is limited to the current help volume. That is, you cannot review a global index of keywords for all online help.

8.3 Browsing Help

The HP VUE Help Manager lets you browse lists of the online help installed on the system. At the top level, Help Manager lists all of the product families that have installed help. If you open a product family, you see a list of help volumes installed for that product. To open a particular help volume, you choose its title.

8.3.1 To open a help volume using Help Manager

  1. Choose the Help control in the Front Panel (the books with a question mark). A general help dialog is displayed, listing all of the product families with online help. This is the top level of Help Manager.

    For example, in the figure above, the "HP Visual User Environment, Version 3.0" product family is listed. You can scroll to see additional families.

  2. Scroll the window to find the product you are interested in. Then choose its title (underlined). This lists the help volumes available for that product.

    For example, suppose you want to browse File Manager's online help. After choosing the "HP Visual User Environment, Version 3.0" product family, scroll down until you see "File Manager and the Desktop, (HP VUE 3.0)"...

  3. To open a particular help volume, choose its title (underlined text). A new window is displayed showing the home topic of the volume you chose.

    For example, if you choose the "File Manager and the Desktop, (HP VUE 3.0)" title, Help Manager displays File Manager's help in a new window...

    This is the same help topic would see if you chose Introduction from the Help menu in a File Manager window.

8.3.2 Displaying a Man Page

Manual reference pages, traditionally known as "man pages," can be displayed using the Man Page control in the Help subpanel.

To display a man page

  1. Choose Man Page from the Help subpanel. A dialog is displayed, prompting you to enter a man page.
  2. Enter the name of the man page you want to see.
  3. Choose Show Man Page.

You may repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you want to view additional man pages. When you are done, choose Exit.


To display the man page for the vuewm into the name field...

...then choose Show Man Page. The man page is displayed in a quick help dialog.

When you're done, dismiss the man page by choosing OK. To Display another man page, enter its name just as you did for vuewm. When you are done viewing man pages, choose Exit.