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Get help from Mac Help on how to use help System
Mac Help, Apple's integrated help system, has it's own help page that displays when Help returns no results for a search. The search help page reveals some of the power hidden behind the simple interface. If you search on "asdf", for example, you'll find no matches and see this text:
If you're having trouble finding information, try using different words to describe what you want to know. You can type a few words, a phrase, or a sentence.

You can also use special characters to further refine your search. Type a + character to find pages that include all the words you enter.

Type ! to exclude a word. "video ! sound", for example, finds pages with the word video that do not have the word sound.

Use () to group items. The search "(video | movies) ! sound" finds pages that mention video or movies, but don't mention sound.
[Editor's note: The Apple help system is probably one of the more underutilized features of OS X. Many applications have a significant amount of help available, including information on features that may not be completely obvious (read the iPhoto help someday for some great info on ways to use the program).]
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Mostly useless
Authored by: gerti on Nov 10, '02 07:05:22PM

I think the help system is mostly useless. I'd much prefer a plain old (online) manual. Openstep with it's Librarian was inifinetly more uselfull.

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Mostly useless
Authored by: steelcut on Nov 11, '02 03:12:58AM

I can´t even tell if it´s useless or not,
`cause even with the tips posted in this
"forum" , i wasn´t able to
get a stable running "Help".

This is the biggest bug in 10.2.1
- and i don´t know why apple isn´t working on this " feature"??


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Authored by: dr_turgeon on Nov 11, '02 12:07:01AM

Nothing against this tip, but I tried narrowing my search and...
video (50 topics found)
video sound (50 topics found)
video ! sound (50 topics found)
video ! sound ! the (50 topics found)
video ! sound ! the ! help (50 topics found)
It's always 50 topics! Am I taking crazy pills here?

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