If you tend not to read manuals, then jump directly to the star simulator and figure it out as you go.
Build your own star is a virtual experiment (a ‘star simulator) that lets you play god and determine the fate of your star by setting initial characteristics. Then you sit back and what the star’s life unfold before you. If
You start by seeding some raw materials in space by choosing features such as the metallicity and the mass. While the star is changing over time you can zoom in or zoom out. In the later years prepare to zoom out quickly while it balloons into a red giant before collapsing in on itself.
Now this is what I call FUN!