A how-to is an informal and often short video or text describing how to accomplish a specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts and consequently may leave out details that are important only to experts. Because of this, a how-to may be greatly simplified compared to a usual discussion of the subject.
An early example of a how-to book is the 1569 book A booke of the arte and maner, how to plant and graffe all sortes of trees: With divers other new practice, by one of the Abbey of Saint Vincent in Fraunce by Leonard Mascall.
A similar concept can be seen in many of the For Dummies series of tutorials and also in many other introductory surveys titled with the suffix "101" (based on academic numberings of entry-level courses).
Usage in the world of computers
- Do it yourself
- Imperative mood
- Knowledge base
- Methods of obtaining knowledge
- Procedural knowledge
- User guide
- Walkthrough (disambiguation)
- List of Linux HowTos, tldp.org