Using Help

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Using Help

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Accessing the Help File

You can open this help file from within SYNCHRO in either of the following ways:

·Choosing Help->Contents...
·Pressing the F1 key
·Right-Click on Title bar of a Panel in the SYNCHRO Workspace and select the Help menu option

You can open a help topic about a specific item in the following ways:

·Highlighting the toolbar item, tool palette item, or menu item and then pressing the F1 key displays help file information relevant to what you highlighted.
·Pressing the Help button in a dialog displays help file information relevant to using that dialog panel.

About Tool-tips and the Status Bar

·To see the name of a toolbar or tool palette button, place the cursor over it.   A pop-up hint, referred to as a Tool-tip, appears.
·Note also that SYNCHRO displays a short description of the feature in the Status bar, which is located along the bottom of the SYNCHRO window.

Important Information

NOTE:In many sections, information that is deemed to be of particular or general importance is presented in this way.
TIP:Useful advice is presented thus.

Navigating the Help File

If you are not familiar with using a help file, refer to the illustration below for explanations of the important features.

·Select the Contents tab to view help topics.
Select the + or - symbols to expand or collapse the help topic.
Select a topic to view it in the right panel.
·To find information quickly on a particular help topic, select the Index tab to view a list of key words.
·Select the Search tab to find any word in the help file, for example the title of a particular dialog panel.
·SYNCHRO follows the standard Windows Help file format whereby all hypertext (the text you can select to display related information elsewhere in the help file) is blue, for example, Using Help

Conventions Used in this Manual


Indicate filenames, directories, new terms, URLs and emphasized text

Constant Width

Indicates the contents of files, commands (you enter at the keyboard) or the output from commands

Keys you are expected to press may also appear in bold

When you need to press keys in combination, they will be connected by a plus (+) sign (for example ALT+F4 means press the ALT key while pressing the F4 key at the same time)

Navigation around SYNCHRO is displayed as follows:


This is an instruction to click on the File menu, then the Open menu.

Some navigation may start at a menu option, but end in a dialog tab, so for example, File->Print...->Legend means press the File, menu, followed by the Print... menu, then select the Legend tab within the Print dialog.

Tip:The 3 epsilon (...) in a menu option indicate that a dialog will be displayed when the menu is pressed

The SYNCHRO Workspace also has a number of Category buttons, and Panels. Navigation through these uses the same notation; so Navigator->Risks->General means press the Risks button in the Navigator Window, followed by the General panel...

Using the mouse

A mouse is designed to be handled with one hand in order to move the pointer (also called the cursor - the little arrow) on the computer screen. A standard mouse has 2 buttons and a roller (also called a scroll wheel) between them.

The left button of the mouse is used to click on a software button on the screen to launch either a function, or a window etc.

The right button is used to open a dynamic context menu close to the pointer position on the screen, from which commands can be launched, and then disappear.

The roller between the 2 buttons on the mouse replaces the vertical scroll bar movement on the window to navigate up and down, or zoom in and out within a window etc: roll wheel up (extend your finger) to scroll up (or zoom in) and roll wheel down (flex your finger) to scroll down (or zoom out).

Using the mouse & keyboard

·Left-Click means press the left (also called primary) mouse button.
In SYNCHRO Left-Click will either activate a Menus; open a Panel or select an item on the screen, so this manual will often refer to the left mouse button as the Select button...
·Right-Click means press the RIGHT (also called secondary) mouse button
·Shift-Left means press the LEFT mouse button and the SHIFT key - sometimes shown with an up (ñ) arrow - simultaneously
·Ctrl-Left means press the LEFT mouse button and the Ctrl key simultaneously
·Ctrl-Select is a short-hand for Ctrl-Left-Click and means press the LEFT mouse button and the Ctrl key simultaneously
·Shift-Select is a short-hand for Shift-Left-Click and means to press the LEFT mouse button and the Shift key simultaneously
Tip:Usually all buttons are programmable to change their settings and functions depending on your preferences, so if you find the mouse doesn't behave as expected then check the mouse setting in the Windows Control Panel.
Also, many mice now have additional buttons like an Internet Back in the thumb scoop of the mouse, but these are not used by SYNCHRO...