About browsing the manual, here’s a tip that I find quite handy. I read my .pdf files in my browser instead of Adobe’s reader. When the manual references a page in text, it is always a hyperlink. When you hover over the link it’ll light up and clicking on it will bring you to the right page. The whole index is on the left, all the indexes are links too. What I do is when I need to reference often to a specific page, I right-click (Windows) and save the link as a bookmark in a folder I created in the toolbar of my browser (Firefox in my case) and give it an appropriate name (like “memory management”). Or just drag 'n drop the tab into the bookmark folder. Now if I want to check something about memory allocation, I just open that bookmark. It’ll open the manual exactly at the page I needed to check.
Now I have a shortlist of direct-access links to items I tend to forget and need to check often.
Pretty basic browsing stuff, but one tends to forget that such easy procedures exist!