help.start {utils}R Documentation

Hypertext Documentation


Start the hypertext (currently HTML) version of R's online documentation.


help.start(update = TRUE, gui = "irrelevant",
           browser = getOption("browser"))


gui just for compatibility with S-PLUS.
browser the name of the program to be used as hypertext browser. It should be in the PATH, or a full path specified.
update logical: should this attempt to update the indices to reflect the currently installed packages.


The Windows file association mechanism is used to send the HTML file to a browser, launching one if necessary.

Unlike Unix systems, running help.start does not send all future help requests to the browser: use options(htmlhelp=TRUE) to set that.

Alternatively, a specific browser can be started if browser is specified, but help will still use the file association mechanism.

help.start and the Java-based search engine have been tested under Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 7.1, Opera 7.54, Mozilla 1.6/1.7 and MozillaFirefox 0.8/0.9/1.0. Users of IE6 under Windows XP SP2 will probably need to allow `active content' from the ‘information bar’ before the search engine can be used.


There is a Java-based search facility available from the HTML page that help.start brings up. Should this not work, please consult the ‘R Installation and Administration’ manual which is linked from that page.

See Also

help() for on- and off-line help in ASCII/Editor or PostScript format.

browseURL for how the help file is displayed.

RSiteSearch to access an on-line search of R resources.


## Not run: 
help.start(browser="C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\IEXPLORE.EXE")
help.start(browser="C:/Program Files/Netscape/Netscape/netscp.exe")
help.start(browser="C:/Program Files/Opera/Opera.exe")
help.start(browser="C:/Program Files/")
help.start(browser="C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe")
## End(Not run)

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