If you know the name of the Maple command you want to use, then the
method described above is probably the easiest to use for accessing
Maple's on-line help. However, if you aren't sure of the command or
you just want to learn more about what Maple can do, then the Help
Browser can be very useful. One word of warning, however. The Help
Browser has been known to crash the current Maple session so **save
your worksheet before you open up the Help Browser**. If you don't do
this, and your session crashes, you could lose some of your work.

To access the Help Browser, select the `Help Browser` item under
the `Help` menu. This will pop up the `Maple Help Browser`
dialog. This dialog has five list
windows across the top, a text window with the title `Synopsis`
below and two push
buttons, labelled `Help` and `Close`, at the bottom. The
left-most list window has the title `Topic:`, the other four
list windows all have `Subtopic:` for a title.

You will still be able to work in your worksheet while the Help
Browser window is displayed. In fact, you can copy examples from the
help pages you display to your worksheet to try them out for
yourself. This process is actually a good way to learn how to use
Maple commands. To get rid of the Help Browser at any time, just click
on the `Close` button at the bottom right of the Help Browser window.

When the Help Browser dialog first appears, the `Topic` list
window will contain the list

Graphics... Mathematics... Programming... System...and the four

2D... 3D... Animation... Approximations to Integrals... Differential Equations... Libraries and Packages...will appear in the leftmost

animate animate3d display display3dwould appear. The entries in this list are in plain text, which means that each one corresponds to a Maple help page. Clicking on one of the items produces a synopsis of the command in the

create an animation of 2D plots of functionsAt this point, clicking on the

As another example, click on the `Mathematics...` item in the
`Topic:` window. This will produce a list of subtopics in the
leftmost `Subtopic:` window. Click on the `Calculus...`
item in this list and a list of further subtopics will appear in the
next `Subtopic:` window. Click on the `Differential
Calculus...` item in this list and you can learn all you want to
know about the Maple `diff` and `D` commands and how they
differ, as well as much more. Note that the last item in the list `
Newman-Penrose...` is in bold and has an ellipsis, meaning that
further subtopics exist for this topic. Help for the other items in
the `Differential Calculsu...` subtopic list can be obtained by
selecting one of the items and clicking on the `Help` button.

Mon Aug 28 09:31:56 EDT 1995