The Contents and Index choice available on the Help menu is the Web-style help systern that gives you options for Contents, Answer Wizard, and Index. The Contents page Is shown in Figure 5.8.
To find help about a particular subject, click the plus button to expand the listings.In Figure 5.8, the contents of several of the folders are expanded. Notice that the second folder, “Build a Plan,” contains a number of sub folders. Expand the sub folders to see the actual Help topics. You can also point to the window divider and drag it to see all the contents. The sheet of paper icon designates Individual Help topics, Click the topic you are interested in to display it on the right of the window. Figure 5.9 shows the steps for Estimated Durations. Click the hyperlinks to review the instructions for each step .
Click any word that appears in blue to read a definition of that term. Follow the See Also links to find out more about a particular topic. At the top of the Help Topic.
frame, shown in Figure 5.9, there are several navigation buttons. Click Home to return to the Welcome screen and click Back to return to the previous topic. The Map option opens a Project Map in a separate window, shown in Figure 5.10. The Project Map outlines how to create and manage a project. Click any topic on the left to see the steps outlined on the right. Clicking a topic on the right takes you to that Help topic in the main Help window. If-you like following the Project map, click Map again to return to the Map window.
Using the Answer Wizard and the Index
Help in the Answer Wizard (shown in Figure S.l1) is the same as the Office Assistant’s help, except it has a slightly different format. Enter a question in the What Would You Like to Do box, and choose from a list of related topics, The Index is organized by key words. You can enter a keyword in the Type Keywords box or choose a keyword from the supplied list. Click the Search button to search for the help topics that contain that keyword. Enter multiple keywords, as shown in Figure 5.12, narrow your search.
For people who are new to Microsoft Project and to project management, Project includes three Getting Started options on the Help Merton. Choose Getting Started, and then choose between Quick Preview, Tutorial, and Project Map.
Quick Preview, shown in Figure S.13, is a visual overview of project management and the tools Microsoft Project has to help you create and manage a project.
The Tutorial is a step-by-step look at creating a project. The Basics section, shown in Figure 5.14, is designed to acquaint you with Microsoft Project and rr(Jject management concepts. In the second section, ‘Create Your Plan, you can actually walk through the process of creating a plan.
Of course, this book covers each of these topics in. more detail than is allowed in the tutorial. However, the tutorial is a helpful tool if you want to review a particular skill or approach it from a different angle. The Project Map option on the Getting Started menu takes you to the same map that is accessible from the Contents and Index Help selection.
What’s This? is available throughout Microsoft Office. When you choose What’s This? from the Help menu, the pointer changes to a pointer with a question mark. Click any option onscreen to get a pop-up description of-that feature. You can also use this option to open a menu and find out about a menu option. What’s This? is good for only one description before it automatically turns off. To turn it off manually, choose Help >- What’s This? again
Office on the Web
If you choose Office on the Web from the Help menu, Microsoft Internet Explorer launches and you are whisked away to the Project section of the Microsoft Office Update Wet>site. There, you can find informative articles, updates, and other downloads to assist you when working with Project. This site is updated regularly so it’s worth checking once a month or so to see what’s new.
Using Detect and Repair
Although you find Detect and Repair on the Help menu, this option offers a different kind of help. Introduced as part of Office2000, Detect and Repair identifies corrupted or missing Project program files, and automatically repairs them for you. Project generally
warns you when it’s a good idea to run Detect and Repair, but if Project starts acting quirky, it might be worth giving it a try. To run Detect and Repair, you must have access to the installation disks or. file location.