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Accessing the Help

You can access help by:

  • Clicking Help > Help.
  • Clicking Help, or pressing F1 in a dialog box.
  • Pressing F1 within a command sequence.
  • Clicking Help, or pressing Command + ? in a dialog box.
  • Pressing Command + ? within a command sequence.
  • Hovering the pointer over an icon to display a tooltip.

Some hints for using the Search tab in help:

  • Use wildcards to broaden your search. For example, a search for "draw*" finds "drawn," "drawing," and "drawings."
  • Click  to create Boolean searches using "AND," "OR," "NOT," and "NEAR."
  • Use the following options:
    • Search previous results: Uses only the previously found topics for the next search.
    • Match similar words: Highlights similar words in the found topics. For example, a search for "open" finds topics with "open" and "opening."
    • Search titles only: Finds topics where the keyword is in the title.

  The Home palette contains links to online tutorials and webinars, community resources and support, and the latest CAD news.

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