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I know you can hit F1 to pop up the documentation center, and then type the name of a function and search for it.

I'd like to know if there's a key that just pops up the help page of the function the cursor is in right now.

For instance, when writing Integrate[, sometimes I forget the right syntax for it, so I just want to immediately see the help page for it without having to manually search for it.

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You can right click the function and select 'Get Help' –  ssch Dec 3 '12 at 12:06
    
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@BruceConnor This video provides a brief overview how to use the Suggestions Bar : wolfram.com/broadcast/video.php?channel=108&video=1340 –  Artes Dec 3 '12 at 13:26
    
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It is the same F1 key. If the cursor is anywhere in the name of the function adjacent to any function-name letter, then pressing F1 will bring the corresponding function documentation page.

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Mathematica 9 Context-Sensitive Input Assistant (or see this video) provide a set of useful options. For example this will appear as you type and clicking red-circled icon will also bring corresponding function documentation article:

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BTW @ChrisDegnen is right about Control+Shift K, or Cmd+Shift K. But those key combinations or clicking this little triangle under function

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will bring neat template syntax list right under function name in Mathematica 9:

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Read up on the scope of Mathematica 9 Predictive Interface here.

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I see. the reason it wasn't working for me is that I was hitting F1 after the openning bracket =) (which is how I did it in matlab). That'e exactly what I was looking for. –  Malabarba Dec 3 '12 at 13:20
    
Wait, when was this version 9 released? I bought my student license barely two weeks ago and I was only offered version 8. –  Malabarba Dec 3 '12 at 13:30
    
@BruceConnor Very recently - November 28, 2012 –  Vitaliy Kaurov Dec 3 '12 at 13:35
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@BruceConnor -- If you just got your license it should allow you to upgrade to V9 –  Jagra Dec 3 '12 at 16:33
    
@Jagra I'm contacting customer service, but the website is asking for a £50 purchase. –  Malabarba Dec 3 '12 at 18:48

You may also use Ctrl+Shift+K, or +Shift+K to insert a template with the basic syntax already filled in with named placeholders.

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