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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 2. B

Balloon Help

In Windows: ToolTips, Context Sensitive Help in Dialog Boxes

On the Macintosh, if you’re trying to find out more about an item on the screen, you turn on balloon help by choosing Help → Show Balloons from the ubiquitous Help menu. Windows offers two features that are comparable to the Mac’s balloon help: ToolTips, for explaining toolbar icons, and context-sensitive help in dialog boxes. For more information about getting help in Windows, see Help.

BinHex

In Windows: BinHex

BinHex is a bit of an anomaly on the Macintosh—it’s both a binary packaging format that lumps the two Macintosh file forks together and a transfer encoding format that converts the resultant 8-bit file into 7-bit ASCII text for transmission via email or downloading from FTP or web sites.

BinHex is neither used nor necessary in the Windows world, where files have only a single fork. Some, but not all Windows email programs can decode BinHex files received from Macintosh users. If you find yourself with a binhexed file on a Windows machine, several utilities can decode it; the best will be Aladdin Expander from Aladdin Systems. You can download Aladdin Expander—and learn more about related products from Aladdin—from http://www.aladdinsys.com/.

For more information, see Transferring Files to Windows.

Boot Disk

In Windows: Boot Disk

Although both the Macintosh and Windows support multiple disks, not all of these disks can boot a Windows PC. Any disk can boot a Macintosh if the disk contains valid System ...

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