help() function screen output

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Jan 31 11:19:04 CET 2015

On 1/31/2015 4:13 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Jacob Kruger wrote:
>> Using python 3.4 32 bit on windows 7 64 bit machine, and when, for
>> example, type in something like the following in interpreter window:
>> help(str)
>> It will populate the screen with one full screen of information, with a
>> prompt of --more-- to hit enter, or something to continue displaying
>> information, but, when, for example, hit enter key, it merely populates
>> one more line of info, each time - under pythn 2.7, it seemed to render
>> one full screen of info each time.

> I don't have Windows to try, but in Linux using both Python 2.7 and 3.3,
> pressing Enter advances by a single line.

Same on Windows, 2.7 and 3.4.

>> Is there rather a different keystroke should use to invoke that, or is
>> this a python 3.4 feature/issue?
> Try using the Space key to advance an entire page.

This works on Windows.

> You can also try Page Up and Page Down keys.


In Idle Shell, help displays entire text and one can scroll up and down 
as desired with scrollbar or PageUp/Down or arrows.

Terry Jan Reedy

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