Using This Manual
This manual provides operational instructions and reference material
for using your Amiga Workbench. If you have never used an Amiga before, read the entire manual to become familiar
with the general operations of your Amiga and the Workbench system. Once you learn the basics, this document can
serve as a reference tool. If you are already familiar with the Amiga, be sure to read through the manual for new
information that you may not know.
Chapter 1. Before You Start:
This chapter provides instructions for things you need
to do and information you need to know before you start using your Amiga, including language selection and installation
Chapter 2. Basic Operations:
This chapter describes starting your Amiga, creating and
managing disks and files, and using your mouse and keyboard.
Chapter 3. Fundaments of
This chapter describes the elements that comprise the Workbench
environment, including screens, windows, menus, icons, gadgets, and requesters.
Chapter 4. Workbench:
This chapter provides an overview of the Amiga Workbench
system, including descriptions of the Workbench programs and the environment.
Chapter 5. Preferences:
This chapter details the information needed to set your
Amiga to work monitors, printers, and other peripherals and how to customize your individual Workbench environment.
Chapter 6. Localization:
This chapter describes the localization options available
on the Amiga Workbench including language, date, time, and numeric format.
Chapter 7. Monitors:
This chapter describes the monitors that you can use with
your Amiga. It includes choosing a monitor and monitor settings for your system. Advanced Graphics Architecture
(AGA or AA)-specific information, and a list of the monitor display modes.
Chapter 8. Fonts:
Chapter 9. Printers:
This chapter describes printers and printer options for
producing the output that best suits your needs and equipment.
Chapter 10. Other Amiga
Chapter 11. CrossDOS:
This chapter describes CrossDOS, which allows you to read
and write MS-DOS formatted disks on your Amiga.
Chapter 12. ED Editor:
Appendix A. Troubleshooting:
Appendix B. Using Floppy-Only
This appendix provides information for using floppy-only
Amigas, including how to copy disks, how to set Preferences, and how to work faster.
Appendix C. AmigaGuide:
This appendix describes AmigaGuide, a hypertext on-line
help system available with some applications. Included in this chapter are instructions for using AmigaGuide and
descriptions of its menus.
Appendix D. Special Early
Startup Control Options:
This appendix provides information on special boot options
that allow you to choose display options, diagnose expansion board failures, and to disable devices and processor
caches for software compatibility.
The following conventions are used in this manual:
Keywords are displayed in all upper case letters, however,
the arguments are not case-sensitive.
Angle brackets enclose variable information that you must
supply. In place of <n>, substitute the value, text, or option desired. Do not enter the angle brackets when
entering the variable.
Text appearing in the Courier font represents information
displayed on your screen.
Key1 + Key2
Key combinations displayed with a + (plus) sign connecting
them indicate pressing the keys simultaneously. For example, Ctrl+O means to hold down the Ctrl key and, while
holding it down, press O.
Key combinations displayed with a comma separating them
indicate pressing the keys in sequence. For example, Esc,O,P means to press the Esc key, followed by the O key,
and then followed by the P key.
Two keys on the Amiga keyboard used for special functions.
The left Amiga key is to the left of the space bar and is marked with a large solid A. The right Amiga key is to
the right of the space bar and is an outlined A.