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The Help menu appeared with System 7 and made it all the way into Mac OS X. It started out as a question-mark-in-a-speech-bubble icon, then grew into a question-mark-in-a-glowing-light-bulb icon in System 7.5 and was redone as the Help menu (without any icons) starting with Mac OS 8.

In any version of System 7, this menu appeared to the far right of the menu bar, next only to the Application menu. Beginning with Mac OS 8, however, it switched positions -- it would now be the last menu (i.e. rightmost menu) on the left half of the menu bar.

System 7[]

The menu appeared as such under System 7:

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  • Show Balloons or Hide Balloons
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  • customizable area beneath

Mac OS 9[]

In Mac OS 9 the menu appeared as such:

  • Help Center
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  • Show Balloons or Hide Balloons
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  • customizable area beneath
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