(Note: these instructions apply to the Windows-based version of this help system, which is distributed with SEER*Stat. The Web-based version differs in some of the particulars.)
You can open this help system at any time by using the first group of items under the Help menu, or by pressing the toolbar icon.
Context-sensitive help, which opens the help system to the specific topic that relates to your current position within SEER*Stat, is also available. You can get context-sensitive help by:
Opening the Help menu and selecting Context-Sensitive Help;
Pressing the Help buttons provided in some areas of SEER*Stat; or
Pressing F1 when there is no Help button on the immediate screen.
The help system consists of three tabs. To switch between tabs, click their names at the top of the left pane.
Contents: The table of contents is a logical arrangement of topics in "books". Double-click the title of a book to expand the list of topics in it. Click the title of a book or topic to open that topic in the right pane.
Search: The search feature helps you find topics that contain specific words or phrases. Type the word(s) you are looking for into the text field and press List Topics to display a list of the topics in which those terms appear. Double-click on a topic title, or highlight it and click Display, to open that topic. Your search terms will be highlighted.
Use the right arrow button next to the text field to quickly access a list of Boolean operators that you can include in your search. If you omit a Boolean operator between words, the AND operator is implied. There is no order of precedence; searches are evaluated from left to right, but you can create your own precedence by grouping expressions with parentheses. Parentheses can be nested up to five levels deep.
Normally, a single word makes up a search term. Enclose multiple words in double quotes to make them a single term.
The NEAR operator finds terms within eight words of each other.
Use the wildcard characters ? and * if you do not know the exact spelling of the term you are searching for. A question mark takes the place of any single letter or numeral. An asterisk takes the place of any number of letters or numerals.
If your initial search is too broad, check the Search previous results box to conduct the next search only within those topics which were returned by the initial search.
Check Match similar words to have the search cover words which are similar to your search terms, but not spelled exactly the same.
Check Search titles only to return only those topics which contain your search terms in their titles, instead of their complete text.
Favorites: You can store a list of frequently-visited topics using the "Favorites" tab. When you find a topic that you want to save, open it, then switch to the Favorites tab. The topic title will appear in the Current Topic field. Click Add to add it to your Favorites list.