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Re: Accessing all the documentation in Help

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  • Subject: [mg76507] Re: [mg76450] Accessing all the documentation in Help
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <sh2.7183 at>
  • Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 05:25:11 -0400 (EDT)
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On a related note, my "Help Helper" palette now works on PCs as well  
as Macs. (Thanks, Bobby.)

-- Selwyn

On May 22, 2007, at 2:57 AM, John Browne wrote:

> Recently there has been some discussion on the Group about the new
> Help in 6.
> For those who would like to see all the documentation pages that are
> included in the application on your machine, I have found the
> following works well for me. The discussion is for Mac OS X, but I
> expect something similar would work in Unix or Windows.
> Essentially, the process is to simply copy the documentation files
> out of the application onto your desktop where you can scan them all
> and open them separately as notebooks. There are a lot!
> In Mac OS X:
> Quit Mathematica.
> Locate the Mathematica 6 application icon. (Mac OS X calls this a
> "package")
> Click on it while holding down the Control key to get a menu.
> Choose "Show Package Contents"
> Search through these folders for the documentation you want, and copy
> it to somewhere convenient outside the application.
> Close the Mathematica 6 folder.
> That's it.
> I have copied out all the Guides, Tutorials, and documentation for
> packages, built in symbols, menu items, characters, and front-end
> objects.
> In Mac OS X, you can even put all this documentation in one folder
> and view it hierarchically in the Finder (rightmost view option) to
> get a facility that acts somewhat like the old 5.2 Help Browser.
> And even from these copies, the Search field still works.
> It's amazing what is there. My guess is that much of the Mathematica
> Book relevant to 6 is also there in one form or another.
> John

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