RE: From Control Panel or From Start Menu - Informal Survey

Subject: RE: From Control Panel or From Start Menu - Informal Survey
From: "Sella Rush" <sellar -at- mail -dot- apptechsys -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 17:12:20 -0700

I think the most compelling argument for including a Control Panel how-to is
that you can assume a good part of your audience is removed from their
normal support system--people, books, notes, etc. The second-most
compelling argument is that you can tell them in one line:

To blag the shrifit:
1) In the Start menu, choose Settings>Control Panel.
2) Double-click on the Server icon to open the Server Manager.
dot dot dot

Although the idea of breaking down tasks is valid, I can think of no good
reason to have a separate topic simply for accessing the Control Panel.
There's just not enough substance.

Unless...think about your audience. Is it likely that they will want and
need to know even the basics of sys admin stuff, such as that CP is *the*
place to go when you want to know something about your system? Or are they
more likely to be people who simply follow exact instructions to accomplish
specific tasks? If the former is the case, they they may benefit from a
generic topic such as this from Windows NT help:

To change your computer's settings
1 Click Start, and then point to Settings.
2 Click Control Panel.
3 Double-click the icon that represents the settings you want to change.

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