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How to Use This Online Book


This online version of Especially for Texas Employers and The A to Z of Personnel Policies is designed to be as easy as possible to use. It is like an electronic book. The book follows the format of the printed version as closely as possible, but it can be a lot easier to get around in the online version than in the book, due to the many ways a user can navigate from topic to topic. Note: the book is organized by articles and topics. Each topic represents a logical subpart of an article. Some topics are very short, while others are not so short. Some might cover two or more pages in the printed version, but most are much shorter than that. You can think of a topic as a "page", but there is not an exact correspondence. To scroll up or down, either use the up and down arrows on the scrollbar to the right of the text window, or else (and this is easier than using the mouse) click once in the text window and use the Page Down or Page Up keys to go down or up on the page.


Viewing the Book


This book is designed to look best when opened full-screen. You can adjust the size of the window the same way you do any other browser window or software on your Windows, Macintosh, or Unix/Linux computer, i.e., by dragging corners or sides of the window or by clicking the Maximize button at the top right of the window. It is definitely better to view this book with your screen set to a high resolution (1024x768 or better) and with the color setting at thousands or millions of colors. While this book could have been designed to perform those changes on your computer every time the book were opened, it was felt that such a feature would be too intrusive, and so the settings are left up to the individual user. However, the book will definitely look much better with the higher settings. Not recommended: viewing the book with the lowest color settings - the colored elements in the graphical elements may appear excessively dithered and with altered colors at such a setting. Again, this choice is left to you, the individual user.


Using the Table of Contents


Click the "Table of Contents" button on any page to get to the Table of Contents for the book. To use the Table of Contents to get to a particular page or topic, click once on the section of the book that you want to see. The topics in that section will appear below the book's name. Click once on a topic name to go to that topic.


Using the Index


The index contains keywords and phrases relating to the various topics. The words and phrases are in alphabetical order. You can scroll down or up using the mouse or page down/page up keys on your keyboard. To select a word or phrase and go to that topic, just click once on the word or phrase. Some keywords relate to several topics, in which case you will see a list of two or more topics to go to; simply click once on the topic you want in order to go to it.


Other Ways to Navigate Within the Book


Besides the Table of Contents, Index, Previous, and Next buttons, you also have other ways of getting around in the book. Below the title bar, you will notice some pull-down menus in your browser's toolbar that offer various options such as copying to the clipboard, printing, font settings, history window, and so on. Essentially, all the navigational and other features you are accustomed to using with your Internet browser are available for you to use with this book.




At the top of each topic or page are some simple navigation buttons: left and right arrows, representing "Previous" and "Next" actions, respectively. Those buttons are also known as "browse" buttons, designed to take you backward and forward through the articles and topics, page by page, in the order they appear in the book as a whole. Click them once to page backward or forward.




Throughout the online book, you may find a few blue-underlined words or phrases. Those are links to other topics within the book. Clicking once on them will take you to the topics to which they are linked. To go back, just click the "Back" button in your browser's toolbar. There are also links to external Web sites associated with a particular topic, as well as e-mail links that allow you to send an e-mail to a designated address.




If your printer is attached and on, you can print the text in a topic by using the "Print" button in your browser and following the usual instructions for your printer.


Copying Text to Your Computer's Clipboard


To copy text to the Windows Clipboard, use the mouse to select the text you want, then press the Control and "C" keys at the same time, or else use "Copy" under the "Edit" pull-down menu. On the Macintosh computer, the action is similar, except that the "Command" key is pressed instead of the Control key. On a Unix/Linux computer, follow the corresponding procedure. Once the text is copied, you can paste it into any other program on your computer by positioning the cursor where you want the text to appear and using "Paste" under "Edit" in the other program or else pressing the Control or Command and "V" keys at the same time.


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