How to use Help in Mavericks: A new Mac user's best friend

How to use Help  in Mavericks: A new Mac user's best friend

Macs have long had the reputation of being computers that you don't need hefty manuals to use. That's true, but that's not to say that documentation has no place on the Mac - it's just built in these days, thanks to a core feature of OS X Mavericks called Help. It's a menu that's often ignored, and it shouldn't be - even for experienced Mac users.

Help Center is absolutely one of the most underutilized resources in the operating system. I see so many questions posted to Internet forums and social media on a daily basis that can be answered through Help Center. It should definitely be your first line of defense if you run into problems or don't understand how to use a feature of an application.

Here's a step by step guide to using Help:

  1. Select Help from the menu bar at the top of the screen

  2. Type the subject or issue you're trying to find help about in the Search field.

  3. Alternately, several menu items should appear that will give you access to more assistance. The menu will change based on what help services the developer provides.

  4. You can click on links to get more details about subjects that interest you or provide you with the details you need.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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How to use Help in Mavericks: A new Mac user's best friend


This is good information. I will definitely take advantage of the help option moving forward.

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i use the help menu to navigate the menu bar without the mouse:

1) command-shift-? to make the help menu appear
2) type the command you need
3) navigate to the menu item with the arrow keys
4) type return