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A "help system" for learning and using the commands and functions of DOS version 2.0. HELPDOS has menus, reference information, a technical dictionary and a cross-reference feature which work together to show you what DOS can do and how to use it. From the main menu, select brief or in-depth information on basic and advanced DOS commands, special keyboard keys, batch subcommands, and an overview of the DOS facilities. The technical dictionary explains frequently-used terms with overviews of DOS facilities and personal computers. The dictionary also has additional reference information and usage notes. When you select a category from the hint menu, HelpDOS will show you a menu of the DOS features relating to that category. The hints function is a unique and powerful aspect of HELPDOS.
Disk No: 686 Disk Title: HelpDOS PC-SIG Version: S1.2 Program Title: HelpDOS Author Version: 2.01 Author Registration: $20.00 Special Requirements: None. A ``help system'' for learning and using the commands and functions of DOS version 2.0. HELPDOS has menus, reference information, a technical dictionary and a cross-reference feature which work together to show you what DOS can do and how to use it. From the main menu, you can select brief or in-depth information on basic and advanced DOS commands, special keyboard keys, batch subcommands, and an overview of the DOS facilities. The technical dictionary explains frequently-used terms with overviews of DOS facilities and personal computers. The dictionary also has additional reference information and usage notes. When you select a category from the hint menu, HelpDOS will show you a menu of the DOS features relating to that category. The hints function is a unique and powerful aspect of HELPDOS. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
========================================================================== To print the documentation for HELPDOS type the command that follows: COPY HELPDOS.DOC LPT1 (press enter) To run HELPDOS Type the command: HELP (press enter) ========================================================================= PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1987 PC-SIG
tm HelpDOS USER'S GUIDE Copyright 86, 87, 88, 89, 90 by Help Technologies 17955 Plaza Oriente Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-1062 This document repeats and covers much of the information in the printed HelpDOS USER'S GUIDE included with the registered version. The Software and Help Files are the same as in the registered version for DOS Version 2.X. HelpDOS for DOS Versions 2.X, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 4.0 is available from Help Technologies. Support for future versions of DOS is planned. COPYRIGHT NOTICE The HelpDOS Software, Help Files and accompanying Documentation are copyrighted. Copies of this Software, Help Files and this accompanying Documentation may be made for distribution under the User Supported Concept where free distribution of software may be made with the understanding that satisfied users are obliged to pay a registration fee as described below. The Help Files and this accompanying Documentation may not be altered in any way. This software may not be sold for more than a nominal disk fee except by Help Technologies or their direct assignees. Electronic distribution of copies of this Software, Help Files and this accompanying Documentation may be made via Bulletin Boards, Communication Services Networks, etc. The complete set of Software, Help Files and this accompanying Documentation must be distributed together without any alterations. No other use is allowed unless expressly permitted under law or by Help Technologies. TABLE OF CONTENTS i........Warranty, Liability, Trademark statements ii........Registration Information iii........Registration Form 1........Introduction 2........Installing HelpDOS 5........Using HelpDOS 8........Problem Determination i LIMITED WARRANTY HELP TECHNOLOGIES MAKES NO WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. A limited Warranty of the media on which the Software is recorded is supplied with the registered version of HelpDOS. This warranty is supplied, in writing, with that version. Some states do not allow limitations on how long the implied warranty lasts, so that the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. LIABILITY Help Technologies, its software suppliers, distributors and dealers, make no warranties or representations, either expressed or implied, as to the Software, Help Files and Documentation, including without limitation, the condition of the Software and Help Files and the implied warranties of its merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. THE SOFTWARE, HELP FILES AND DOCUMENTATION ARE SOLD ON AN "AS IS" BASIS AND SHOULD THERE ARISE A DEFECT IN THESE GOODS FOLLOWING PURCHASE, THE PURCHASER SHALL ASSUME THE RISK AND BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT. Help Technologies' liability in all respects is expressly limited to the remedy set forth herein, and Help Technologies shall not be liable for any lost profits or for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential or other damages suffered by the purchaser or others resulting from the use of the Software or Help Files. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. TRADEMARKS HelpDOS is a trademark of Help Technologies. Where the term DOS is used in this documentation, reference is implied to PC-DOS (a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation) or MS-DOS (a registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc.) Where the term DOS is used we do not intend to use these trademarks in a generic sense. ii REGISTRATION FEES Satisfied users are expected to pay a registration fee as follows: Private or Company use by individuals. Fee: $ 20.00 For this you get: --> Acknowledgement of payment. --> The next major update on disk upon its release. --> The commercial HelpDOS User's Guide and diskette. The diskette will contain help for the version of DOS you request. Currently HelpDOS is available for DOS Versions 2.0 through 4.0. The printed User's Guide contains complete instructions on HelpDOS, including detailed information on adding your own Help files and menus. --> Telephone support from Help Technologies. --> Notification of new releases. --> Reduced fees for new releases (the fee for the most recent update was $5). Note: Company or Institution Site Licenses are available. Fees are very reasonable. Contact Help Technologies for details. iii HELPDOS REGISTRATION FORM ___________________________________________________________________ Name ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Telephone Send HelpDOS on: ___ 5 1/4" disk ___ 3 1/2" disk for DOS: ___ 2.X ___ 3.0 ___ 3.1 ___ 3.2 ___ 3.3 ___ 4.0 Quantity: _______ Single User Registrations ($20) _______ Sales Tax (California Residents Only) _______ Outside US, add $5 Shipping _______ Order Total Send Check or Money Order payable to Help Technologies. Company purchase orders accepted; net 30. Outside US: payment must be in US funds against US banks. Help Technologies 17955 Plaza Oriente Sonora, CA 95370 209-532-1062 1 INTRODUCTION HelpDOS is a "Help System" for DOS. HelpDOS consists of menus, detail reference information, a technical dictionary and a cross-reference feature called "Hints." These components work together to show you, quickly and easily, what DOS can do and how to use it. Menus give an "at a glance" view of DOS Commands, Special Keyboard Keys and Batch Subcommands. The menus show you what DOS can do. You can get detail reference information for each DOS command by selecting it from a menu. The detail information explains what the command does and how to use it. A Technical Dictionary explains the terms that are frequently used with DOS and personal computers. In addition to defining the terms, the dictionary contains additional reference information and usage notes. The Hints Menu shows categories of actions you can take with DOS. When you select a Hint category from the menu, HelpDOS will show you a menu of the DOS commands that pertain to that category. For example, when you select the Hint category "Print," HelpDOS will give you a menu of the ways you can print information with DOS. The Hints feature is a unique and powerful aspect of HelpDOS. It helps you find the right DOS command for your task and exposes you to related commands you may not have known about. You may add your own help files and menus to HelpDOS. This provides a convenient way to view reference information for your special programs, batch files, procedures, or whatever you wish to have on-line. Adding help information to HelpDOS is easy. You simply create and modify these files with your word processor or editor, and update the appropriate HelpDOS menu. Detailed information about the process is provided to registered users in the printed HelpDOS User's Guide. 2 INSTALLING HelpDOS This diskette contains help information for DOS Version 2.X. (Note: Help for DOS Versions 2.X through 4.0 is available from Help Technologies). You may run HelpDOS from diskette or install the system on a fixed disk. There are three steps to the installation process: 1. Make a copy of your HelpDOS diskette. (below) 2. Perform the installation. (below to page 3) 3. Run the HelpSET program to set configuration options. (page 4) Make a copy of your HelpDOS diskette *----------------------------------* You should make a copy of your HelpDOS diskette as follows. This provides a backup in case your original diskette becomes lost or unusable. If your are installing HelpDOS on a fixed disk you may skip this step. 1. Boot up your machine as per normal. 2. With your DOS diskette in drive A or the DISKCOPY command available via a path on your fixed disk enter: DISKCOPY (if you have one diskette drive) DISKCOPY A: B: (if you have two diskette drives) Follow the prompts to copy the "Source Diskette" (this disk) to the "Target Diskette" (the copy to be made). Performing the Installation *-------------------------* HelpDOS can be installed on a diskette or a fixed disk. If you are going to use HelpDOS on a diskette, all you need to do is run the HelpSET program to establish configuration settings. See the section "HelpSET Configuration Settings" on page 4 for details. NOTE: If your computer has just 128k of memory you should copy the COMMAND.COM file from your DOS diskette to the diskette where HelpDOS is installed. If this is not done, DOS will prompt you to insert a diskette with COMMAND.COM each time you quit the HelpDOS program. To install HelpDOS on a fixed disk, follow the instructions below. 3 Installing HelpDOS on a Fixed Disk *--------------------------------* On a fixed disk, HelpDOS must be installed in a subdirectory named HelpDOS. Use the instructions below: 1. Put the HelpDOS diskette in drive A. 2. Set the default drive to the fixed disk. For example, if your fixed disk is drive C, enter: C: 3. Use the DOS command, MKDIR ("make directory") to create the HELPDOS subdirectory. Enter: MKDIR \HELPDOS 4. Copy all files from the HelpDOS diskette to the \HELPDOS directory on the fixed drive by entering: COPY A:*.* C:\HELPDOS Note: you can also install from diskette drive B. In this case the COPY command would be: COPY B:*.* C:\HELPDOS Next, you need to add a path setting to an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on your fixed disk. By having a PATH command in an AUTOEXEC.BAT file, you can access the HelpDOS system without having to change the current directory to HELPDOS and without having to set the default drive to the fixed disk. Note: The AUTOEXEC.BAT file is run every time you start-up or re-boot the computer. Putting the PATH command in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file ensures that the path setting will be in effect each time you use the computer. If you DO NOT have an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on your fixed disk, you should create one (in the root directory) by entering the following lines: CD\ COPY CON: AUTOEXEC.BAT DATE TIME PATH x:\HELPDOS;x:\ where "x" is the drive letter of your fixed disk. Next press F6 (which denotes the end-of-file). Then press RETURN, and the file will be created. If you already have an AUTOEXEC.BAT file, edit the file and add the PATH command given above or append ;x:\HELPDOS to the end of it. where "x" is the drive letter of your fixed disk. Re-boot your machine and the path will be set. Be sure to run the HelpSET program before using HelpDOS (see next page). 4 HelpSET Configuration Settings *----------------------------* HelpSET is a menu-driven program which establishes configuration settings for HelpDOS. HelpSET performs three functions: 1. Sets the display screen type to monochrome or color. (default is monochrome) 2. Sets the colors to be used for a color display. You may choose the colors to be used for the Status Line, the Function Key line and menu selection letters, and the Help text. As you select colors, HelpSET shows you how they will appear in HelpDOS. Experiment with different color combinations until you find the one you like best. 3. Sets Beeps to ON or OFF. If Beeps are ON, HelpDOS will beep when an inactive key is pressed and when an error message is displayed. HelpDOS will function properly with Beeps OFF but you will not be informed when an inactive key is pressed. (default is Beeps OFF) Running HelpSET *-------------* 1. Set the default drive and directory to the installed HelpDOS program. If you installed HelpDOS in a \HelpDOS directory on a fixed disk you will need to use the command: CD \HELPDOS to set the current directory on the fixed disk to the HELPDOS directory. 2. Start HelpSET by entering: HELPSET HelpSET will give you easy to follow menus for establishing your configuration settings. This program reads and writes the HELPSET.UP file in the current directory. The disk containing the installed HelpDOS program must not be write-protected. 5 USING HelpDOS After installing HelpDOS as shown on pages 2 thru 4, start HelpDOS by entering: HELP For help with a specific DOS command, you may enter the name of the command when HelpDOS is started. For example, to get help on the RENAME command you would enter: HELP RENAME You can also select a HelpDOS menu at startup by specifying "menu" followed by the menu name. For example, to select the COMMANDS menu upon startup you would enter: HELP MENU COMMANDS If you do not make a selection at startup (that is, you entered just HELP) you will see a display that looks like this: +----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Help Menus 6 lines | | | | | | A ADVANCED - Advanced DOS Commands | | B BATCH - Batch Subcommands | | C COMMANDS - DOS Commands | | D KEYBOARD - Special Keyboard Keys | | E OVERVIEW - Overviews of DOS Facilities | | | | | | F1 Help F2 Print F3 Menus F4 Hints F5 Terms F9 Quit | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+ Status Line (top line) The left side of the status line identifies the help information you are viewing. The right side of the status line gives the number of lines in the help information. When you make a selection from a menu, the name of the selected information is appended to the previous identifier on the status line. This identifies the current information and tells you which menu it was selected from. 6 Function Keys The Function Key line displays the function keys used by HelpDOS. Pressing one of these function keys triggers a HelpDOS feature. F1 Help F1 displays a help screen containing a brief summary of HelpDOS' features. It also contains a summary of the Format Notation which HelpDOS uses to explain the parameters of DOS Commands. F1 is a "toggle key." Press F1 to display the help screen. Press F1 again to remove it. F2 Print F2 prints all lines of the current help information. Once printing has begun, you may cancel it by pressing F10. F3 Menus F3 shows the Help Menus and presents them for your selection. HelpDOS comes with the menus shown on page 5. Menus you may add to HelpDOS will also appear when you press F3. HelpDOS automatically presents this menu of menus unless you select a menu or a help item when you start the program. F4 Hints F4 activates the Hints feature and presents you with a menu of Hint categories. When you select a hint, HelpDOS gives you a menu of one or more DOS commands that pertain to the hint category. You may then select items from this new menu to see the detail information. F5 Terms F5 presents you with a menu of the terms in the technical dictionary. You may then select a term from the menu. The information will include a definition of the term and, when applicable, examples and references to related information. 7 F6 Return F6 returns you to the prior menu. This appears on the function key line ONLY after a selection has been made from a menu. Pressing F6 will return you to the menu where your previous selection was made. F9 Quit F9 ends HelpDOS and returns you to DOS. On most computers, the screen will not be cleared when you are returned to DOS. This allows you to position the HelpDOS display to the appropriate information and then press F9 to return to DOS leaving the help information you were viewing on the screen for your reference. Display Scrolling Keys Help information that has more than 21 lines may be scrolled forward and backward for viewing. Home - Positions the display to the top. End - Positions the display to the end. Up Arrow - Moves the display one line toward the top. Down Arrow - Moves the display one line toward the end. PgDn - Moves the display forward one screen. PgUp - Moves the display backward one screen. Selecting a Menu Item Menu items are prefaced with the letters A through U. To select a menu item, press the letter representing your choice. You do not press the Return key. Some menus have more choices than the screen can display. Use the Display Scrolling Keys as above to scroll the menu to the item of your choice. The letters associated with the menu items are reassigned when the display is scrolled. 8 Problem Determination Problem: the scrolling keys do not work. Reason: With 21 or fewer lines, the display will not scroll. -- or -- The keypad is set to "numeric mode." Press the NumLock key to change it to "cursor mode." Problem: HelpDOS is not using the settings I specified in HelpSET. Reason: The current directory was not set to the directory containing HelpDOS when HelpSET was run. HelpSET always writes the setup file, HELPSET.UP, to the current directory. Be sure the current directory is set to the directory (root or \HELPDOS) where HelpDOS is installed before running HelpSET. Problem: When I enter HELP to start HelpDOS, I get the message "Bad command or file name" even though the HelpDOS disk is in the drive. Reason: The default drive is not set to the disk containing HelpDOS and/or the current directory is not set to the root directory. -- or -- The DOS "path setting" may be incorrect if HelpDOS is installed in a \HELPDOS subdirectory on a fixed disk. Review the HelpDOS installation instructions on page 3 for details on the DOS path.
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ HELP COM 36255 4-05-87 1:28p HELPSET UP 14 1-19-90 5:24p MENUS MEN 164 9-03-85 12:00p COMMANDS MEN 1580 9-03-85 12:00p HINTS MEN 1701 9-03-85 12:00p BATCH MEN 601 9-03-85 12:00p ADVANCED MEN 692 9-03-85 12:00p OVERVIEW MEN 127 9-03-85 12:00p TERMS MEN 1022 9-03-85 12:00p KEYBOARD MEN 1016 9-03-85 12:00p HINTS XRF 2025 2-02-88 5:14p BACKUP HLP 3989 9-10-85 12:00p CHKDSK HLP 5016 9-10-85 12:00p DIR HLP 4808 5-18-87 4:10p DISKCOMP HLP 1918 9-10-85 12:00p AUTOEXEC HLP 530 4-05-87 10:57a COPY HLP 6868 9-10-85 12:00p DISKCOPY HLP 2348 9-10-85 12:00p FDISK HLP 925 9-10-85 12:00p FORMAT HLP 2900 9-10-85 12:00p MODE HLP 4565 9-10-85 12:00p PRINT HLP 3317 9-10-85 12:00p D-COLON HLP 698 9-10-85 12:00p PATH HLP 1806 9-10-85 12:00p RECOVER HLP 3139 10-08-87 8:36p CTRL-BRK HLP 1191 9-03-85 12:00p BACKSPAC HLP 184 9-03-85 12:00p DEL HLP 209 9-03-85 12:00p RENAME HLP 1527 4-05-87 10:29a ESC HLP 275 9-03-85 12:00p F1 HLP 651 9-03-85 12:00p F2 HLP 347 9-03-85 12:00p ECHO HLP 894 9-03-85 12:00p F3 HLP 677 9-03-85 12:00p F4 HLP 327 9-03-85 12:00p F5 HLP 330 9-03-85 12:00p INS HLP 574 9-03-85 12:00p MKDIR HLP 1641 9-10-85 12:00p RETURN HLP 359 9-03-85 12:00p CONFIG HLP 2124 9-03-85 12:00p CTRL-RET HLP 211 9-03-85 12:00p CTRL-NUM HLP 331 9-03-85 12:00p CTRL-PRT HLP 434 9-03-85 12:00p SHFT-PRT HLP 451 9-03-85 12:00p SYSRESET HLP 666 9-03-85 12:00p BAT-OVER HLP 1801 4-05-87 10:38a CMD-OVER HLP 5402 4-05-87 10:50a REM HLP 512 9-03-85 12:00p PAUSE HLP 679 4-05-87 11:39a GOTO HLP 1196 9-03-85 12:00p IF HLP 1928 9-03-85 12:00p FOR HLP 908 9-03-85 12:00p SHIFT HLP 1269 9-03-85 12:00p %0-%9 HLP 1030 9-03-85 12:00p ASSIGN HLP 1582 9-10-85 12:00p BREAK HLP 812 9-03-85 12:00p COMMAND HLP 690 9-03-85 12:00p CTTY HLP 478 9-03-85 12:00p EXE2BIN HLP 694 9-03-85 12:00p FIND HLP 2326 9-10-85 12:00p MORE HLP 790 9-10-85 12:00p PIPING HLP 1344 4-05-87 10:36a PROMPT HLP 1207 9-10-85 12:00p REDIRECT HLP 1181 9-10-85 12:00p SET HLP 619 9-10-85 12:00p SORT HLP 1042 9-10-85 12:00p KEY-OVER HLP 2315 9-03-85 12:00p CLS HLP 473 9-03-85 12:00p VOL HLP 1065 9-10-85 12:00p VERIFY HLP 904 9-10-85 12:00p VER HLP 743 9-10-85 12:00p TYPE HLP 1353 9-10-85 12:00p TREE HLP 1188 9-10-85 12:00p TIME HLP 1305 9-10-85 12:00p SYS HLP 967 9-10-85 12:00p RMDIR HLP 1094 9-10-85 12:00p CHDIR HLP 1408 4-05-87 11:04a DATE HLP 1223 9-10-85 12:00p ERASE HLP 3194 9-10-85 12:00p DELETE HLP 197 9-03-85 12:00p GRAPHICS HLP 962 9-10-85 12:00p COMP HLP 4010 3-03-88 8:48a RESTORE HLP 3135 9-10-85 12:00p TERMSA-C HLP 4829 9-03-85 12:00p TERMSD-E HLP 4066 9-03-85 12:00p TERMSF-I HLP 5684 4-05-87 10:42a TERMSJ-R HLP 6002 9-03-85 12:00p TERMSS-Z HLP 5074 9-03-85 12:00p READ ME 606 1-19-90 6:09p HELPDOS DOC 21123 1-19-90 6:07p HELPSET COM 6066 9-03-85 12:00p FILES686 TXT 2295 3-09-90 10:35p GO BAT 14 3-02-87 8:45a GO TXT 504 3-02-87 8:47a 94 file(s) 210716 bytes 63488 bytes free