Getting Help

There are many ways to get help directly within Genstat including Help buttons on each dialog and full documentation in PDF format.

Help with a specific dialog window

Every dialog you open has a  or Help button. Clicking one of these opens a context sensitive help page that explains in detail how to use the dialog.

PDF coursebooks and reference guides

To help you learn how to use Genstat we’ve written a number of PDF coursebooks with  worked examples. These are all available from the Help menu within Genstat, or you can access them download and read them offline from here.

If you’re brand new to Genstat you might want to start with the Introduction to Genstat for Windows. To learn about using spreadsheets you can read A Guide to the Genstat Spreadsheet.

All of these PDF books can be viewed online or downloaded and printed out.

  1. For example, to read the Spreadsheet guide, select Help | Genstat Guides | Spreadsheet.

Example data sets to experiment with

Genstat comes bundled with an extensive range of example spreadsheets (and other file types) that you can experiment with before trying out the same techniques on your own data.

  1. From the menu select File | Open Example Data Sets to display the dialog shown below.
  2. Use the Filter by topic dropdown list to display the list of PDF coursebooks, such as ‘A Guide to REML‘. When you select a book name the example data sets that are described and used in that book will be displayed.
  3. Select a file and click Open data.

Accessing the help system

You can access the online help within the Genstat knowledge base or offline help within a Microsoft compiled HTML help file (CHM). The help system that opens will depend on whether the Help | Use Online Help menu item is selected. When this menu item is selected the online help (knowledge base) will open, otherwise the offline CHM file will be used.

F1 context sensitive help

At any point while you are working in a text window or viewing the Output within Genstat, you can press the F1 shortcut key to obtain help on a particular command or term.

  1. To do this simply place the cursor on the keyword of interest and press F1 to view the help on that keyword.
Accessing example programs and procedure source

If you are writing programs using the Genstat command language, you can easily access examples of programs by selecting Help | Example Programs. This provides access to many different examples of programs including data manipulation, graphics and statistics.

You can choose an example based on the type of analysis or by the Genstat command (directives and procedures). If you are writing Genstat procedures you can view the source from any of the procedures from the current Genstat procedure library by selecting Help | Procedure Source.

Updated on August 19, 2022

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