I just posted the removal of the lock mechanism in another thread:
It's a short but thorough version...
(the flat bar for removing the clips is a good idea. I have a tool for it and it looks like the old dandilion puller. If you have manual windows you'll have to get the locking "C" type clip off before you slide the handle off. There's also a tool for that but if you push in on the panel you can see it well enough to pop it off. When putting the handle back on, put the clip where it belongs. Put the handle in the position you want and push it back on until you hear the clip lock back in place)