Getting Help

Whether you display Intel® Advisor help within the Microsoft* Visual Studio environment on a Windows* OS, or in a browser when using the Intel® Advisor GUI on a Linux* or Windows OS system, you can open the product help using:

  • The Help menu, such as Help > Intel Advisor XE Help (see specific menu items below).

  • The F1 key, right-click context menu items, or click links to display context-sensitive help topics.

Once open, a two-pane help window appears:

  • Use the left pane to select the topic(s) you want to read. The table of contents initially appears in this pane, but you can select Index or Search (or Favorites) instead of Contents.

  • Read the topic's content in the right pane. As you read, scroll using the scroll bar, mouse wheel, or up/down arrow keys. Use the Back button to return to a previously read topic.

Locating Intel Topics

Where applicable, the Intel® Advisor and related product help topics provide a Where am I in the workflow? link under the See Also heading at the bottom of the topic. Click this link to view the product workflow with a highlight on the stage that this topic discusses.

When using the Intel Advisor GUI, display help by clicking Help > View Help or by using context-sensitive help.

On Linux OS systems, set the BROWSER environment variable to the browser path and executable.

Using Context-Sensitive Help

Context-sensitive help enables easy access to help topics on active GUI elements. The following context-sensitive help features are only available for certain products, including Intel Advisor:

  • In the Advisor XE Workflow tab and in some dialogs, click certain links to get specific help related to the underlined word.

  • In the Result tab, you can right-click an element to display its context menu. Certain context menus display a What Should I Do Next? menu item. Choose this menu item to get help specific to the active user interface element.

  • F1 Help: Press F1 to get help for an active dialog box, property page, pane, window, or for the currently selected function in the code editor.

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