Find and save user manuals with ManualsLib

It can be hard to keep track of product manuals, but when you need them, you really need them! ManualsLib is a huge repository of manuals that can be saved in many different ways.

I recently had to reinstall a network printer with no manual, and it was a long exercise in frustration and resentment. ManualsLib aims to make it much easier to use and fix electronics and appliances with its huge database of manuals that is rapidly approaching half a million entries. Here's how to make the most of it:

  1. Point your browser to ManualsLib.
  2. Search for your product. It's much, much easier if you've got the model number, so scour your device for it if it's not immediately obvious.
  3. When you find the product, you may have several choices, like quick-start guides, spec sheets, and so on. Pick the one you want to bring up an HTML version.
  4. Step 3: HTML manual.
    Step 3: HTML manual. Rob Lightner/CNET
  5. You have quite a few options now. You can browse it online, print it, share it over social networks, e-mail it, or download it as a PDF. I recommend bookmarking the pages of manuals you want to keep and sharing those bookmarks with all your mobile devices.
  6. You may also want to download the files and save the PDFs to your favorite tablet or e-reader on the off chance that you need to use the manual without Internet access.

This is a great resource for people who tend to misplace important documents, especially those that don't see much use.

(Via Addictive Tips)

About the author

    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.

     

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