Using Help

Welcome to DBT's Help System!

As you are no doubt aware, one generally enters DBT Help by selecting Help in the top menu bar and then picking DBT Help from the menu. On the Mac, you may also do a search directly in a Search field in that menu, though you will find that the dedicated Search field here inside the DBT Help System provides the best and most complete results. DBT Help is quite extensive, and our Search bar takes the best advantage of the search indexing we have done.

For a full description of the Help window layout and contents, see the sub-topic, "What is in the DBT for Mac Help Window."

Once opened, you will find the Help window tries to remain in front of the main DBT editing window. (This is a normal operating system behaviour.) You may find you need to move the Help window to one side if you wish to see both at once, and you can always minimize the Help window and bring it up again when you want it.

DBT Help frequently describes how to accomplish a task through a combination of keystrokes. The convention to indicate a specific key is to show the name in bold type. For example, Enter or Tab specifies those keys on your keyboard. To describe pressing a combination of keys, we use the + sign, as in Alt + c, which means, "hold down the Alt key while pressing the c". A full discussion of the typographic conventions used in DBT Help can be found in the topic, "DBT Help Conventions", in this section.

There is also a copy of the text of DBT Help on the Duxbury website, for use when you select Translate Help or when you use a search engine that offers a link into DBT's Help material from the internet.

The Using Help section consists of the following topics: