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1.4 Using the Manual

There are many ways to reach a goal. This principle also applies for work with RFEM because the graphics, tables, and navigators are all of equal importance. The descriptions in this manual follow the sequence and structure of the tables and windows provided for model, load, and results. The chapters describe the individual tables and windows column by column. Instead of presenting general Windows features, the manual focuses on practical hints and tips.

If you are not yet familiar with the program, you should use our Introductory Example for RFEM 5 to learn how to enter data step by step. This PDF document is available on our website under Downloads. In this way, you can quickly get familiar with the most important program features. Advanced program users can try our detailed tutorial that is also available for download.

The text of the manual shows the described buttons in square brackets, for example [View mode]. In addition, they are pictured on the left. Expressions that appear in dialog boxes, tables, windows, and menus are set in italics. This should clarify the explanation.

In the PDF manual, you can perform a full-text search as usual with [Ctrl]+[F]. However, if you still cannot find what you are looking for, please use the search function in our Knowledge Base to find a solution in the articles. Our FAQs also provide a variety of tips.