Writing instruction manuals is not a tough job but often people miss the main structure of the manual and the end product is not presentable. So, the next time you write a manual keep these 3 key steps into consideration.
- Introduction to the product
The first part of a manual should be about the product. What it does, how it does and what benefits you should expect from the product, why the company launched this product on the market and other such issues. So, make sure you cover some of these aspects in the first section.
- How to use the product
In this section, you should write how to use the product. This is the guide to the product. Always consider that this is the first time the customer is using this product and write accordingly. You should write this part in the form of steps one after the other.
- Cautions about the product
This is the last segment of the product where you must mention any cautions of the product or product part. Whether they should be kept away from children or not, whether they never are taken inside the mouth or any other caution associated with that particular product.
Say you are writing handbooks for an ASUS laptop and mobile, in your ASUS manuals first introduce the key features of the product like the display, RAM, memory and other such features. In the second section mention the keys present on the laptop and mobile, how to switch it on, how to charge it and so on. Lastly, mention any cautions like whether it should be kept away from the body or any part like the CD drive should be kept away from children or any other warning.
Hopefully following these aspects will help you end up with a good manual.