About the Local-Help
Before you can get contextual-help with the F1 key, and other help from within the dialogs, you must '. 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.
Files on your PC
|1.||Right-click the MechDesigner. |
|2.||Click 'Run as Administrator' |
When MechDesigner opens:
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 |
|o||Wait! until the last message is ' ... Download Successful'. You may need to make a cup of coffee / tea.|
After you download the local help, you can get contextual-help for commands, dialog-boxes, and parameters.
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 ( 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-BOX HELP: Click the '?' to open the local help at the 'Add Dimension' topic.
You will see these icons at the top [occasionally, bottom] of an dialog-box.
|1.||Click the icon.|
PARAMETER HELP: Click when the parameter help '?' shows, to open help at the parameter topic
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 shows over the icon.
|2.||Carefully, move your mouse-pointer slightly down and slightly left. |
The icon shows above the parameter's icon, but your mouse-pointer is not over the icon!
Video 'How to get Contextual Help for Commands, Dialog-boxes, and Parameters
Remember, you must do: BEFORE you get contextual-help.
|•||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.|
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.