18.6. Help System

Help System Preferences

This page lets you customize the behaviour of the gimp help system.

Options

General

Show tool tips

Tool tips are small text bubbles that appear when the pointer hovers for a moment over some element of the interface, such as a button or icon. Sometimes they explain what the element does; sometimes they give you hints about non-obvious ways to use it. If you find them too distracting, you can disable them here by unchecking this option. We recommend that you leave them enabled unless you are a very advanced user.

[GIMP 2.0] "F1" shows context-dependent help

In GIMP 2.0, this options controls whether pressing the "F1" key will evoke Help information for the object in which the mouse pointer is currently located. GIMP 2.2 no longer gives you the ability to disable this function.

Show tips on startup

Startup tips are helpful hints that appear each time you start GIMP. You can switch them on or off here. If you have switched them off by unchecking "Show tip next time GIMP starts" in the tip window, you can switch them back on by checking here. Whatever you decide to do, at some point you should take the time to go through the list of tips: they are considered to be very useful, and the things they tell you are not easy to discover by experimenting. If you prefer, you can read them at any time by choosing Help->Tip of the Day in the Toolbox menu.

Help Browser

Help browser to use

GIMP Help is supplied in the form of HTML files, i. e., web pages. You can view them using either a special help browser that comes with GIMP, or a web browser of your choice. Here you choose which option to use. Because the help pages were carefully checked to make sure they work well with GIMP's browser, whereas other web browsers are somewhat variable in their support of features, the safer option is to use the internal browser; but really any modern web browser should be okay.

Web Browser

Web browser to use

If you selected "Internal" for the Help browser, this option has no effect. If you selected "Web browser", you can decide here which browser to use, and how to invoke it, by entering the command that will be used to run the browser. The button to the right brings up a file selector, which you can use to locate the executable file for the browser if you like, but in most cases it is probably easier to enter a command by hand.

[Note] Note

The command should look something like "mozilla %s". If you leave out the "%s", then the browser will open with your default starting page rather than the desired help page, so don't do that.