2.1. Accessing Help

This window is accessed by going to the Help menu and selecting either the Tutorial and Concepts Guide or the Contents (F1). Section, “Account Tree - Help Menu”

The Help Window has a Toolbar for navigation. The Toolbar is described below;

The right side of the Help Window displays the currently opened help page. The left side of the Help Window contains the help Topics list tab. Selecting one of the help topics will load that page on the right side.

2.1.1. GnuCash Tutorial and Concepts Guide

This guide is the counterpart to this help. It explains the concepts used in GnuCash and has a tutorial that takes you through using GnuCash to manage your accounts. It will appear if you choose Open the new user tutorial in the Welcome to GnuCash! menu.

To open this Guide manually go to HelpTutorial and Concepts Guide.

It is strongly recommended to read this guide if you are new to GnuCash or unfamiliar with accounting concepts.

2.1.2. GnuCash Wiki

An immense amount of less-formal documenation, both of GnuCash itself and its maintenance and development may be found in the GnuCash Wiki; the Frequently Asked Questions page should be a first stop whenever you encounter difficulty using GnuCash.

2.1.3. GnuCash On-line Assistance

Mailing List

The primary source of user support is the user mailing list. If you prefer a web forum-like presentation, you can use it via Nabble. One must subscribe before posting, even if using Nabble.


Several of the developers monitor the #gnucash channel at irc.gnome.org. They're usually doing something else, too, and of course aren't always at their computers. Log in, ask your question, and stay logged in; it may be several hours before your question is noticed and responded to. To see if you missed anything check the IRC logs.

The GnuCash web site has more details on these channels. You will also find pointers there to additional useful resources such as the bug tracking system.