Excels Help System

One of Excel's most important features is its Help system. When you get stuck, simply type some key words into the Type a Question for Help box, which is located to the right of Excel's menu bar (and also in the VBE). A list of Help topics is displayed in the task pane. Click a topic, and the help text appears in a separate window (see Figure 2-18). There's a good chance that you'll find the answer to your question. At the very least, the Help system will steer you in the right direction.

Figure 2-18: The task pane displays Help topics, and the Help text is displayed in a separate window.

Using the task pane to display help topics is new to Excel 2003.The Help information appears in a separate window.This means, of course, that using Help now requires two windows. My opinion is that the person who thought of this "new"method should be fired.

If your system is connected to the Internet, requests for help will search for updated help topics at the Microsoft Web site. To limit the help searches to your local system, select Offline Help from the Search box at the bottom of the task pane.

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