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Select the button you are interested in by pressing the TAB key to reach
the button, and pressing Enter, or click the mouse on the desired button.
This text box will then show the desired information. Selecting the
[Return] button will take you back to the page that you were on before
entering the Help section. What is actually happening is that you are
going to the "page" devoted to that topic. All of the pages are contained
in one "pad" or file. Scroll down this text window to learn about the
commands on the menu bar. Remember, use the [TAB] key to enter fields and type in them. If you are using the mouse, simply click the left mouse button over the field you want to enter or the button you want to take action. One reminder: the text fields scroll! Use the scroll bars and the
mouse or the Up and Down arrow keys to move within the field. Avoid trying
to use the [PgUp] and [PgDn] keys to move within the field as they are used for going forward and backward in the database.

There are several ways to navigate around this or any other pad. The
[PgUp] key goes backward, as in "Previous", in the stack of pages, while [PgDn] goes forward, as in "Next", through the stack of pages. The [Ctrl]+[PgUp] keys go to the first page in the pad. The [Ctrl]+[PgDn] keys go to the last page in the pad. Clicking the mouse on the desired button
is a rapid way to move through the pages. Clicking on [Next] and
[Previous] also moves forward and backward through the stack of pages.

[Menu Bar]
You can also use the bar menu at the top of the page to navigate. The menu
bar is displayed by pressing the [Alt] key. Click on "Go" and you will see
the navigation options Help, Home, Back, Next, Previous, First, and Last
with their respective short-cut keys. Help takes you to this page. Home will take you to the introduction screen, while Back moves you to your
previous location. Next means next page and Previous means previous page.
First means the first page in the pad, and Last means the last page in the
pad.

When the Menu Bar at the top of the screen is displayed, you are given a
choice of selecting "File", "Edit", "Go", and "Workspace". Under the
"File" setting, the possible selections are Open, Compress, Run a Program,
and Exit. Selecting "Open" brings up a list of files belonging to the current directory. Only files with ".pad" can be opened."Compress" removes
free space in a pad left over when a page is deleted. "Run a Program"
allows you to enter a command and have it executed as if you were at the
DOS prompt."Exit" takes you immediately out of the program.

Under the "Edit" menu, "New Page" adds a page, while "Delete Page" removes
the current page, and its contents are lost. You can mark a block by
clicking the mouse over the text you want to mark and dragging the mouse with the left button depressed. The areas marked will be hilited and available to be manipulated by the other menu entries under "Edit". These commands are dimmed until a block is marked, then they appear as normal
menu text. "Cut" removes the hilited area, copies it to an internal clip-
board and is available to be "Pasted". The "Copy" command copies the text without disturbing it. It can then be "Pasted" in the field that you desire by selecting "Paste" from the menu or pressing the Ctrl-V keys.
The "Delete" command removes the hilited text and does not copy it to a
clipboard, but rather discards the text.

The "Go" commands are explained above. "Workspace" lets you select
whether or not you want to keep the menu bar as part of the regular display. The status bar is located on the bottom and tells which pad and which page you are working on. This can also be made visible as part of
the regular display. The message box lets you see the result of operations
as they are performed. The "Result" is usually a yes, no, 0, 1, or "Ok".

Although the menu bar can be helpful, almost all of the needed commands
to operate the program are included as "Buttons" that perform a specific
action. These buttons will be outlined next. Click on the button that you
want to know more about, or press the TAB key, and then enter over the
button you desire.
Hˆ3Help - Introductionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ! 3Ô#*€H.+€H³Ÿ5€HŸlÿŸžThe "Import" command allows you to transport text from outside of the
program into a field within the program. This allows you to quickly add
information to the database, by importing the text instead of having to
type it in. By using the "cut" and "paste" features in the menu bar, you
can import text into one field, hilite text you want to move to another
field, select "cut", move the cursor to the other field (by mouse or TAB),
and select "Paste" or use the Ctrl-V keys to have the text transferred to
the desired field. For instance, you can capture the session you have on the Internet with your communications program. This is usually stored as
a text file. You can select portions of text that you want to be able to
refer to later, and move them into the database with the "Import" command.
Each field, "Addresses", "Notes", and "Directories" can hold up to 30k of
text at a time.


Hˆ3Help - Importctionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏҝ7import*Hˆ ÿl(ImportenÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% A$W$m$"(Œ(*€H.+€H\Ÿ5€HŸÿHGEThe "Next" command takes you to the next page (record) in the database.Hˆ3Help - Nextductionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏҝ7<*Hˆ œÿÑ)NextuttonÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% ý()))‡)é)*€H.+€HdŸ5€HŸ$ÿPOOThe "Previous" command takes you to the previous page (record) in the
database.Hˆ3Help - Previousionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏҝ7=*Hˆ °ÿ6+PreviousnÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% Z*p*†*ì*N+*€H.+€HŸ5€HŸDÿáThe "Export" command takes all of the text in one field and places it into
a text file outside of the program, accessible by any DOS program. You will be asked to give a name to the text file, which can be any DOS compatible name of eight-characters or less.Hˆ3Help - Exportctionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ$ҝ7export*HˆÿN-ExportxtÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% ¿+Õ+ë+-t-*€H.+€HMŸ5€HŸHÿ98Sort allows you to arrange the pages in order, based on the contents of
one of the fields. Most often, you will choose the "Address" field to sort
on, as this will put all of the ftp, gopher, http (www) pages together. On
the other hand, you may decide to begin a field with a certain name, such
as the topic name, or the extension of the site (.gov, .edu, .com, .net),
and place it in the field "Notes" or "Directories". You can then choose
one of these fields to sort on. The program reads the text of the field
and sorts according to the first text found there. Hˆ3Help - Sortductionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ ҝ7sort*H€ÿª0SortuttonÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% å-û-.`0È0*€H.+€H/Ÿ5€HŸ„ÿ The "Print" command allows you to obtain a hard copy of information in
the database. The program will ask you to select between "One Field",
"This Page", or "All Pages". Choosing "One Field" will allow you to
specify one field, "Address", "Notes", or "Directories" to print. Choosing
"This Page" will print all 3 fields of the current Page. Choosing "All Pages" will print all 3 fields of all of the pages in the database. Make
sure your printer is "On", and the paper is aligned, and then select "Ok"
when asked "Ok to Print?".
Hˆ3Help - Printuctionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏҝ7print*Hˆ$ÿà3PrintRecord¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% 91O1e1–3ÿ3*€H.+€HXŸ5€HŸ”ÿDCC"Clear Query" allows you to clear the current query. See the "Query" button notes. Query gathers pages out of the database into one set. The whole database is no longer available to act on, only the subset defined by "Query". "Clear Query" eliminates the subset of pages and allows you to
access the whole database again. Hˆ3Help - Clear Queryˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ#ҝ7clear query*H€ /,ÿ@6Clear QueryÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% p4†4œ4ö5e6*€H.+€H=Ÿ5€HŸ¤ÿ)('"Add Page" adds a page to the database. Hˆ3Help - Add Pageionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ ҝ7add page*Hˆ /<ÿ‹7Add PagenÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% Ö6ì67A7­7*€H.+€HhŸ5€HŸPÿTSS"Delete Page" removes the current page from the database and its contents
are lost.Hˆ3Help - Delete Pageˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ#ҝ7Delete Page*Hˆ /4ÿþ8Delete PageÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% 848J8´8#9*€H.+€H^Ÿ5€HŸpÿJI The "Query" command can be extremely useful. While the "Find" and "Find
Next" commands search for and hilite specified text, the "Query" function gathers pages from the pad together that match certain criteria. You can
then work with the subset of pages as if they were the only pages in the
pad. An example would be to select the "Query" command, and then the
program inquires as to which field you want to use for the query, click
on "Address", and then you will be asked what text you want to use as
criteria to include in the query. Enter "ftp" and press enter. You have
asked the program to gather all of the pages that match the criteria of
having "ftp" in the field "address". This can greatly speed your work if
you are wanting to review just certain items, such as "Address" fields
that have ".edu" as part of their name, or contain "finger". You could also create a subset of pages with "NASA" in the "Directories" field.
This subset continues to be all that you can access, until you use the
"Clear Query" command, which will then return you to working with all of the pages in a pad. When you use the query function, flip through the pages gathered by using the "Next" button. If you see a page that does not
seem to meet the criteria, use the "Find" command and it will locate and
hilite the proper text for you. Remember, the text fields scroll! So, do
not assume that the query command is not working prematurely. Your text is
there, guaranteed. Use the "Find" command to locate it on the page you are
on, use the "Find Next" command to find and hilite the text in the pages
that follow. Hˆ3Help - Queryuctionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏҝ7query*Hˆ2?Hÿ[email protected]QueryttonÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% ”9ª9À9 @‰@*€H.+€H°Ÿ5€HŸÿœ››"Find Next" is the command you use to continue searching after you have
used the "Find" command. Once you use the "Find" command, and your text
has been found and hilited, pressing "Find" again will only return you to
the same spot. Instead, you would use the "Find Next" command to continue
searching on other pages. The "Find" and "Find Next" commands find the first instance of the specified text in a file.Hˆ3Help - Find Nextonˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ'ҝ7find next*Hˆ2?Pÿ"CFind NextÄ¿܀ˆˆˆÚÄÄÄÄ1ÏÏÏÿÏ% ú@A&AØBKC*€H.+€HIŸ5€HŸœÿ544The "Find" command finds the first instance of the specified text and
hilites this text, showing you the location of it in the field. You do
not have to tell the program which field to search in, as it automatically
searches in all three fields for the desired text. The "Find Next" command
is what you use if you want to keep searching. Selecting "Find Next" will
begin searching on the very next page from where "Find" located text. Notice that you do not have to type in the text to search for again, when
you use "Find Next", as it is already entered for you. Hˆ3Help - Findductionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ"ҝ7find*H‡2?Tÿ}FFindutton‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡1‡ÏÏÏÿ‡Ï% ¼CÒCèC3F¡F*€H.+€HП5€HŸ¼ÿ¼»»
The "Calendar" button is included because of the large numbers of times
that I personally have had to leave the program to look up days and dates
information. Sure, there are pop-up, TSR Calendars, but they are sometimes inconsistent in their behavior. Notice that "Today" is displayed. You can go to the first day of the next month, by selecting "Next Month", and to the first day of the previous month by selecting "Previous Month". The "Put Calendar Away" button will cause the Calendar to be hidden until you next request it. It is not a TSR, and does not stay resident in memory.
Using the "Next Month" command repeatedly takes you to the calendars that
lay ahead, many years into the future.Hˆ3Help - Calendarionˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ ҝ7calendar*HBO`ÿZJCalendardar Awayˆß€ß€ß€ß€ß€ß€ß€1€ÏÏÏÿ€Ï% G(G>GJ|J*€H.+€H:Ÿ5€HŸäÿ&%/The "Find File" feature is also included because of the convenience that
it offers in not having to leave the program. I have found that I can work
with files and locate items for importing into the database easily with
the "Find File" button. Notice that the file list presented shows all the
files that match the search criteria on the specified hard drive.Wildcards are allowed, so "*.txt", "record*.*", and "datafile.*" are all acceptable entries to search on. You can view a file in the list by hiliting the file, and then selecting the "View File" button.

The "View Directory Tree" button takes you to a page where you can ask the program to read the directories of a specified hard drive and then display
it in tree format. The directory that you hilite can have its files listed
by pressing the "View Files in Directory" button. You can hilite a file
in this listing and then select "View Hilited File", to actually view the
contents of the text file that is hilited.

When in the "File Viewer" page, the [Home] key takes you to the top of the
file, the [End] key takes you to the end. The Up and Down arrows scroll the file, while [PgUp] and [PgDn] move the file a screen at a time. The
[Enter] key lets you see the full path name of the file, and the "View
File Again] button displays the file once more.Hˆ3Help - Find Fileonˆˆˆˆˆˆˆ1ˆÏÏÏÿˆÏ…ҝ7help*HBOàÿŸPFind File           1ÏÏÏÿÏ% íJKKUP½P