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Accessibility Features of Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1

Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1 consists of the Local Help Viewer, Help Library Agent, and Help Library Manager. The Local Help Viewer is new in 1.1, and displays local (offline) content that you download to your computer. The Help Library Agent is a tray application that manages hyperlink and F1 query resolution. The Help Library Manager adds content to, and removes content from, the local help store. Content can be added either from media or from the MSDN Library website.

When your current setting is local help, you can use the Local Help Viewer to view locally installed Help content.

You can use the following shortcuts from the Local Help Viewer.

To do this

Use this keyboard shortcut

Move to next feature (the active feature will become highlighted with a dotted box around it)

Tab

Move forward through viewer content

Alt+Right Arrow

Move back through viewer content

Alt+Left Arrow

Preview current topic before printing

Ctrl+F2

Print current topic

Ctrl+P (or Alt+P from Print Preview window)

Move to the Search box

Ctrl+E

Activate the Contents tab

Alt+C

Activate the Index tab

Alt+I

Activate the Favorites tab

Alt+F

Activate the Search Results tab

Alt+R

Move selection up in the current navigation tab

Up Arrow

Move selection down in the current navigation tab

Down Arrow

Move to the parent node in the Contents tab

Left Arrow (press again to close the parent node)

Open the currently selected parent node in the Contents tab

Right Arrow

The following table describes the shortcut keys for the main content window.

To do this

Use this keyboard shortcut

Move back (to previously viewed content)

Alt+Left Arrow

Move forward

Alt+Right Arrow

Display current topic in the table of contents (sync with TOC)

Ctrl+T

Refresh current topic

F5

Preview current topic before printing

Ctrl+F2

Print current topic

Ctrl+P (or Alt+P from Print Preview window)

Search for string in current topic

Ctrl+F

Add current topic to favorites

Ctrl+Shift+F

View current topic properties

F4

Scroll down the content

Down Arrow

Scroll up the content

Up Arrow

The only user action supported by the Help Library Agent is to exit the tray application. You can use the Tab key to navigate to the notification area. When focus is on the notification area, use the arrow keys to navigate to the Help Library Agent icon. To view the shortcut menu, press the shortcut menu key. On systems without a shortcut menu key, this functionality might be available using the Shift+F10 or Ctrl+Shift+F10 keys. In the shortcut menu, select the Exit command, and then press Enter to exit the application. A dialog box will display a warning indicating that exiting the Help Library Agent will prevent links from working in offline content you are viewing.

The Help Library Agent will automatically restart the next time you access local help.

You can use Help Library Manager to add or move content that is stored locally.

You can use the following shortcuts from every window in Help Library Manager.

To do this

Use this keyboard shortcut

Display help

F1

View and edit application settings

Alt+S

The following table describes the shortcut keys for the Help Library Manager main window.

To do this

Use this keyboard shortcut

Choose online or local help

Alt+C

Check for updates online

Alt+U

Install content from online

Alt+O

Install content from disk

Alt+D

In Install Content from disk dialog box, browse files

Alt+B

In Install Content from disk dialog box, move to Location box

Alt+M

In Install Content from disk dialog box, open next screen

Alt+N

Remove content

Alt+R

Exit the application

Alt+F4 or Alt+X

In the Settings dialog box, use the Tab key to move the focus. To select a radio button, set the focus on the button item and press the Spacebar.

In the Install content from disk, Install content from online, and Remove content dialog boxes, use the Tab key to move the focus between rows. Use the arrow keys to move the focus between columns. To select content to add or remove from your local library, set the focus on the Add or Remove link and press Enter.

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