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Finding  Help

In addition to these Templot Companion and tutorial web pages there is a great deal of help information within the Templot program itself. These notes will help you find it.

Next to the colour button in the top left-hand corner of the drawing pad is a small button with a green ? question mark. This is the what next ? button which appears in all of Templot's windows. Clicking it brings up the "What Next ?" help notes for the window, explaining what to do next and the working of the various buttons and menu items. Where these notes contain significant information there is also a larger button labelled what ? elsewhere in the window which does the same job.

There are in addition buttons or white click-bars labelled ? help or more information which appear as you work with Templot. These bring up help notes concerning design of trackwork and general advice on using Templot's many features to best effect. The distinction between what next ? and ? help is not always clearcut and there is often a link button from the one to the other.

The help notes appear in their own window with buttons to print them out or change the text font. There is also a button marked visible copy which copies the notes into a separate window which will remain visible as you continue working. In this way you can refer to two sets of notes at once. Both windows can be dragged, resized and scrolled in the usual way. You will find that no matter where you put them, they will always be in way of the drawing. That's just inevitable when trying to draw a complete model railway on a screen which is only 12 inches or so wide.

There is much information to help you within Templot. The way to find it is to attempt to change something by selecting the menu item marked with an ellipsis (... three dots).

For example, to learn about how the curving radius dimension is used, click thegeometry > curving data... menu item, and then click the help buttons on the data-entry form.

To find out about switches, select the track > switch... menu item and click the help info button on the switch selector form which appears. Clicking set custom switch... then leads on to more detailed help, and so on.

A useful reference to the many menu options and functions on the drawing pad is to print out a list of the keyboard shortcuts. You can do that by selecting the help > show shortcut keys list menu item, or by clicking here.

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