About the Local-Help

Before you can get contextual-help with the F1 key, and other help from within the dialogs, you must 'Download the latest help...'. We also call this file the 'Local-Help'.

The file name is MechDesigner.CHM. CHM files are displayed by the 'HTML Help Viewer', which is part of the Windows® operating system.

You may need to Run as Administrator [see also Permissions] to have permission to download the file automatically.

See also

Files on your PC

tog_minusHow to download the 'Local-Help'

1.Right-click the MechDesigner.
2.Click 'Run as Administrator'

When MechDesigner opens:

3.Click Help menu > Download Latest Help...
Click 'Download Now' to install the Local Help

Click 'Download Now' to install the Local Help

4.Click the Download Now button.

If the last [top] message is:

Failed to Create : C;\ProgramData\PSMotion\Help\MechDesigner.chm' - then see Permissions
Help Install, and the 'progress-bar' under the Download Now button is making progress, then
oWait! until the last message is ' ... Download Successful'. You may need to make a cup of coffee / tea.

tog_minusGetting command, dialog, and parameter contextual help:

After you download the local help, you can get contextual-help for commands, dialog-boxes, and parameters.

Commands: 

 

 

 

 

COMMAND HELP: Press the F1 key to open the local help at the 'Machine Settings' topic

COMMAND HELP: Press the F1 key to open the local help at the 'Machine Settings' topic

F1 command help:

1.Move your mouse-pointer above a menu command, or a toolbar icon (hover over)

On a desktop:

2.Press the F1 function key.

On a laptop with a reduced key set:

2.Press at the same time the Fn+F1 keys on your keyboard.

Dialog-boxes: 

 

 

 

DIALOG-BOX HELP: Click the '?' to open the local help at the 'Add Dimension' topic.

DIALOG-BOX HELP: Click the '?' to open the local help at the 'Add Dimension' topic.

Dialog-box help:

You will see these icons at the top [occasionally, bottom] of an dialog-box.

1.Click the DialogHelp icon.

Parameters: 

 

 

PARAMETER HELP: Click when the parameter help '?' shows, to open help at the parameter topic

PARAMETER HELP: Click when the parameter help '?' shows, to open help at the parameter topic

Parameter help:

Parameters are found in all dialog-boxes.

In an open dialog-box:

1.Move your mouse-pointer over a parameter's icon (the icon that is to the left of the parameter's data-box).

The help icon Help shows over the icon.

2.Carefully, move your mouse-pointer slightly down and slightly left.

The Help icon shows above the parameter's icon, but your mouse-pointer is not over the Help icon!

3.Click your mouse.

Video 'How to get Contextual Help for Commands, Dialog-boxes, and Parameters

Remember, you must do: Help menu > Download Latest Help BEFORE you get contextual-help.

 

How to get contextual help

See also: 'Help menu > Download Late4st Help'

 

 

tog_minusHow to use the Local Help CHM application:

Use the Contents tab, at the left, to show the 'Table of Contents'
Click the Search tab: enter a term, and click List Topics. Select a topic and click Display.
Create Boolean searches with "AND", "OR", "NOT" and "NEAR".

At the bottom of the Search tab:

Select 'Search previous results' to use only the previously found topics for the next search. This allows you to narrow down your search by adding keywords.
Select 'Match similar words' to highlight similar words in the found topics, or 'Search titles only' to find only topics with the keyword in the title.

tog_minusPath Permissions:

You may need ask the I.T. department to make these permission changes on your PC.

A)Do you have the Permission to see ProgramData and the Help path?
1.Go to Windows > Control Panel > Files Explorer Options
2.In the File Explorer Options dialog, click the View tab
3.In the 'Advanced settings' box, under 'Hidden files and folders', click
Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
B)Do you have the Permission to download the local-help file to the Help path?

If you cannot download the local-help file automatically, you may not have the 'write' permission for the help path.

1.Navigate to: C: \ ProgramData \ PSMotion \ Help
2.Right-Click the 'Help' path name
3.Click 'Properties' at the bottom of the contextual-menu, to open the 'Help Properties' dialog.
4.Click the 'Security' tab
5.Click the 'Edit' button, to open the 'Properties for Help' dialog
6.In the 'Group or user names' box, click the 'Users' group [usually]
7.In 'Properties for Help' dialog, click the 'Allow' check-box, for the Write option.
8.Click the 'Apply button, then the OK button to close the Properties for Help' dialog.
9.Click the OK button to close the 'Help Properties' dialog.

Now you should be able to automatically download the latest help file.

Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd