An owner's manual usually contains safety warnings, assembly or installation instructions, setup procedures, directions for use, troubleshooting directions, maintenance routines, and product specifications. The book provides a comprehensive guide to setting up and using the product safely and effectively.
The details in the owner's manual depend on the complexity of the product. A manual for a hairdryer is more basic than a manual for a vehicle, which requires more maintenance and has many more complex processes that run it. An owner's manual for a small appliance may be as simple as a small folded sheet of paper.
An owner's manual is usually organized into sections so the owner is able to access the information he needs easily. Sections often include lists with numbers or bullet points for ease of reading. The manual may include pictures to show procedures or to explain the layout of an item.
Owner's manuals usually come with electronic or mechanical items, such as appliances and computer components. The manual comes in the packaging for the product. An owner's manual is handy when the owner first purchases an item and needs to learn how to use it. The comprehensive guide is also useful if a problem arises with the item.