I'm new in Mathematica, and would like to know how can I open multiple help windows at the same time. It's this possible? I'm using Mac OS.

I know it works for link in the help page with right mouse click, but not for drill down in another function (that is not a link).

  • $\begingroup$ You can do Help-> Documentation Center as many times as you wish. $\endgroup$ – b.gates.you.know.what Dec 23 '12 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ Shift + F1 instead of F1 $\endgroup$ – Rojo Dec 23 '12 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ you can right click on hyperlinks in the help system and select "open in new window" $\endgroup$ – acl Dec 23 '12 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Rojo tks, it's exactly this, but unfortunately Shift + F1 works just for Windows, not for Mac. $\endgroup$ – DMurta Dec 23 '12 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ Find KeyEventTranslations.tr and look for a line like this ` Item[KeyEvent["F1", Modifiers->{Shift}], SelectionHelpDialog[False]],`. If nothing similar is there, try adding it $\endgroup$ – Rojo Dec 23 '12 at 18:08

I ll write this as an answer even though it is given in the comment (thanks @acl) as this is going to be a life changer for me. The solution is

Right (or on a mac control) click on the item and it will give you the option to open a new window.

For instance, let's assume one is looking at this tutorial howto/WorkWithDifferentialEquations and you want to visit the page Solve a Differential-Algebraic equation and keep the howto page open.

So you have

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After one right clicks

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Select open in new window et...


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I have been frustrated about what I thought was this missing feature for years!

Thanks again StackExchange!


As a side note, I also did not realize that the frontend allows you to open more than once the documentation center.


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