How to Use the Learn Pane in WebMatrix

The Learn Pane provides contextual content about WebMatrix and about the tasks you perform with the application. This means that the content changes automatically as you move around the application, when you are editing your code, publishing your application, and performing other common tasks.

Opening the Learn Pane

To access the Learn Pane, click the question mark icon in the top right corner of the application window:


The content you will see in the panel will depend on where you are in the application and on the tasks you are performing.

Previewing the Learn Pane Content Links

To preview the destination URL of the links in the Learn Pane, you can move your mouse pointer over them.


Opening Web Site Files

Whenever there is content available in the Learn Pane for a particular context, the question mark icon will notify you by blinking. For example, if you open a .cshtml file, you will notice the icon blinking. If you click the icon, you will see related information links in the Learn Pane:


Here's another example. When you open a JavaScript file, the Learn Pane offers resources related to JavaScript:


Using the Learn Pane Controls

When you open the Learn Pane, you will see a set of three control icons in the lower right corner. The rightmost icon (the pushpin) allows you to pin the Learn Pane so that it is always open as you move around the application:


The middle icon (the cogwheel) lets you configure new sources of help content:


Click the Configure Sources icon to display a dialog that lets you add the sources:


For information about creating learning content for WebMatrix, see How to Create Learn Content.

The leftmost icon (the clock dial) opens a History pane that conveniently lists the content pages that you have visited during your current application session.


The Learn Pane provides information that is relevant to the area of the application you are in, or relevant to the tasks that you are performing. It also lets you add new sources of information that you can use to customize your learning experience.

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