In this case, your headings and subheadings should comprise a thorough and comprehensive plan demonstrating the whole manual guide in several phrases or sentences. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Nobody likes reading looong instructions. How to Create a User Instruction Manual: Indeed, the explanations of both terms denote the materials providing instructions to people.
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A user guide , also commonly called a technical communication document or manual , is intended to give assistance to people using a particular system. User guides are most commonly associated with electronic goods, computer hardware and software , although they can be written for any product. Most user guides contain both a written guide and associated images.
In the case of computer applications, it is usual to include screenshots of the human-machine interface s , and hardware manuals often include clear, simplified diagrams. The language used is matched to the intended audience , with jargon kept to a minimum or explained thoroughly. User guides have been found with ancient devices. One example is the Antikythera Mechanism  , a 2, year old Greek analogue computer that was found off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in the year On the cover of this device are passages of text which describe the features and operation of the mechanism.
As the software industry was developing, the question of how to best document software programs was undecided. This was a unique problem for software developers, since users often became frustrated with current help documents. User manuals and user guides for most non-trivial software applications are book-like documents with contents similar to the above list. They may be distributed either in print or electronically. Some documents have a more fluid structure with many internal links. The Google Earth User Guide  is an example of this format.
The term guide is often applied to a document that addresses a specific aspect of a software product. An example is the Picasa Getting Started Guide. In some business software applications, where groups of users have access to only a sub-set of the application's full functionality, a user guide may be prepared for each group.
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