Keyboard Shortcuts in the Help Viewer
 
 
 

The following keyboard shortcuts can be used for navigation in the HTML Help Viewer, or the Contents, Index, Search, or Favorites tabs on the Navigation pane.

Help Viewer

To Press
Close the Help Viewer. Alt+F4
Switch between the Help Viewer and other open windows. Alt+Tab
Display the Options menu. Alt+O
Hide or show the Navigation pane. Alt+O, and then press T
Print a topic. Alt+O, and then press P, or right-click in the Topic pane and choose Print.
Move back to the previous topic. Alt+Left Arrow, or Alt+O, and then press B. Or, if the Topic pane is active, press Backspace.
Move forward to the next topic (provided you have viewed it just previously). Alt+Right Arrow, or Alt+O, and then press F
Turn on or off search highlighting. Alt+O, and then press O
Return to the home page (help authors can specify a home page for a help system). Alt+O, and then press H
Switch between the Navigation and Topic panes. F6
Scroll through a topic. Up Arrow and Down Arrow, or Page Up and Page Down
Scroll through all the links in a topic. Tab

Contents Tab

To Press
Display the Contents tab.

Tip: Use this shortcut to see where a topic fits in the information hierarchy.

Alt+C
Open and close a book or folder. Click plus sign or minus sign next to book icon, or Left Arrow and Right Arrow
Choose a topic. Down Arrow and Up Arrow
Display the selected topic. Enter

Index Tab

To Press
Display the Index tab. Alt+N
Type a keyword to search for. Alt+W, and then type the word
Choose a keyword in the list. Up Arrow and Down Arrow
Display the associated topic. Alt+D

Search Tab

To Press
Display the Search tab. Alt+S
Type a keyword to search for. Alt+W, and then type the word
Start a search. Alt+L
Choose a topic in the results list. Alt+T, and then Up Arrow and Down Arrow
Display the selected topic. Alt+D
Search for a keyword in the result list of a prior search. Alt+U and press Enter
Search for words similar to the keyword. For example, to find words like "running" and "runs" for the keyword "run." Alt+M and press Enter
Search through topic titles only. Alt+R and press Enter

Favorites Tab

To Press
Display the Favorites tab. Alt+I
Add the currently displayed topic to the Favorites list. Alt+A
Choose a topic in the Favorites list. Alt+P, and then Up Arrow and Down Arrow
Display the selected topic. Alt+D
Remove the selected topic from the list. Alt+R

Notes

  • There are also shortcut menu commands that can be accessed through the keyboard.
  • The Match Similar Words check box, on the Search tab, will be turned on if you used it for your last search.