How to Display a Table of Contents for Help Topics in Excel

By Shawn McClain

Microsoft Excel 2010 comes with a fairly robust Help feature that lets you search through Microsoft's online help database for specific answers to your queries. The Excel help feature also comes with a table of contents, if you just want to browse through the Help database. The table of contents doesn't always come up when the Help screen does, but you can easily access it with just the click of the mouse.

Step 1

Open a new Microsoft Excel 2010 spreadsheet.

Step 2

Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen. Select "Help" from the list of options on the left side of the window.

Step 3

Click the "Microsoft Office Help" button that appears at the top of the screen. The Excel Help window will appear.

Step 4

Select the book icon in the Help window's menu bar. It is the second-to-last icon on the right side of the bar. Once you click the icon, the Excel Help table of contents will appear on the left side of the help window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also press "F1," or click the blue question mark on the right edge of the Excel menu bar, to quickly bring up the Excel Help window.