ARCHIVED: For Mac OS, what is Balloon Help, and how do I use it?

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Note: Balloon Help is not available in Mac OS X.

Balloon Help is a reference tool introduced in Mac OS 7. With it, you can move your mouse over an item such as a menu, button, window, or dialog, and a comic strip style balloon will appear that contains information about that item. To activate Balloon Help, from the Help menu, select Show Balloons (looks like a question mark inside a balloon in System 7.0.x and 7.1.x, a stylized question mark in System 7.5.x and 7.6.x, and "Help" in Mac OS 8.x and 9.x). To turn it off, from the same menu, select Hide Balloons.

Different applications support Balloon Help to different degrees. Some applications, such as Netscape Communicator, don't use it at all, while others, especially the Finder, use it extensively.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 12:18:23.

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