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Using Help





In Windows, just knowing how to get the help you need when you need it can be a big step. Here are some hints to help you along the way.

Context Sensitive Help

Context help applies to whatever you are doing at the time. If you are entering data in a dialog, you want help on that dialog, etc.

Highlight a Command in any menu and press F1 for help on that command.

Click and hold the left mouse button on any tool bar button and press F1 to get help on that tool.

Press F1 in any View (i.e. Traverses Manager, Traverse View) to get help on that view.

Press F1 in any dialog for help on that dialog.

In any dialog, left click the question mark (?) in the upper right corner, then left click anywhere on the dialog for help on that dialog.

Choose Help | What's This then left click any item on the screen to get help about it.

Help When You Need It

Many of TPC's pop-up message boxes now include a [Help] button that opens the related help topic.  We call it Help when you need it and it provides the following assistance to you.

provides more information about why the error or warning occurred. Did you enter the wrong data in the right place or the right data in the wrong place.

Steps to correct the problem.

Links to related topics so you can figure out what to do

Hot Links

Errors and Warnings displayed in the Message View now include a help ID.  Use the ID to access the related help topic where you'll find information on why you got the error or warning, what you might do to correct it and links to related topics to help you learn more.

Help Contents

The Help Contents tab lists topics like 'Using COGO'. Click the topic you want for lots of help on whatever you want to do. The how to help goes into detail about how TPC does things and why.


Choose Help | Search for help on to display TPC's Help Topics, then click on the Index tab. The topics are arranged alphabetically. Scroll down through the list until you find the topic you want or just starting typing and let it highlight the closest matching topic in the list.

General topics like COGO contain subtopics like 'Computing a predetermined area'. Just click on COGO to display the subtopics, then double click the one you want or highlight it and choose Display.

Other topics like 'Format toolbar - Drawing View' open that help topic directly.

Searching for help

Choose Help | Search for help on to display TPC's Help Topics then click on the Find tab. Follow the instruction to create the database, then type in what you want to look for like 'Resection' or 'Fillet'. TPC lists all the help topics that contain what you are looking for.




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