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Types of Documentation

The Help browser and help functions provide access to the following types of information. The icons shown here appear in the Help browser contents listing to help you quickly identify documentation by type.

Type of Documentation
Description and When to Use 

Getting Started
Primarily aimed at users new to a product, it contains instructions for a product's main features. Review Getting Started documentation before you begin using a product or feature for the first time. Then, to learn more, go to the user guides or reference pages.

Release Notes
An overview of new products and features in a release, it also includes upgrade information and any known problems and limitations. Review the Release Notes for all your products when you first start using a new release.

MATLAB and toolboxes use orange book icons , while Simulink and Blocksets and related products use blue book icons .

Index of Examples
Accessible via the Help browser contents listing, this is an index of the major examples included in the user guide documentation.

User Guides
This user guide material is comprehensive, containing overviews as well as detailed instructions. Consult it after reviewing Getting Started material.

Reference Pages
Each function has a reference page that provides the syntax, description, examples, and other information for that function. It includes links to related functions and additional information. Reference pages are also provided for blocks and properties. Use a function reference page to learn details about the function.

Printable Documentation
Most products provide the online documentation in a printable format, PDF. Access PDF files from the Help browser and print them from your PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat.

Product Pages
Available on the MathWorks Web site, a product page contains the latest product information, such as system requirements.

Online Knowledge Base
This is the MathWorks Technical Support searchable knowledge base, maintained on the MathWorks Web site. It provides solutions to questions posed by users.

MathWorks products come with examples that demonstrate features of the product. Many of the demos actually run code. Use the Help browser Demos tab to access demos for the products you have installed.
M-File Help
Get M-file help in the Command Window to quickly access basic information for a function. It provides a brief description of a function and its syntax. It is called M-file help because the text of the help is a series of comments at the top of the M-file for a function.

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