Searching Help (Windows Only)
Use the Search tab to the left of
this window to locate content in this help file. If you want to
search for words in a certain order, such as "related
documentation," add quotation marks around the search words as
shown in the example. Searching for terms on the
Search tab allows you to quickly locate specific
information and information in topics that are not included on the
You also can search using asterisk (*) or question mark (?) wildcards. Use the asterisk wildcard to
return topics that contain a certain string. For example, a search
for "prog*" lists topics that contain the words "program,"
"programmatically," "progress," and so on.
Use the question mark wildcard as a substitute for
a single character in a search term. For example, "?ext" lists
topics that contain the words "next," "text," and so on.
Use nested expressions to combine searches to
further refine a search. You can use Boolean expressions and
wildcards in a nested expression. For example, "example AND
(program OR VI)" lists topics that contain "example program" or
"example VI." You cannot nest expressions more than five
Click the button to add
Boolean expressions to a search. The following Boolean operators
- AND (default)—Returns topics that contain both
search terms. You do not need to specify this operator unless you
are using nested expressions.
- OR—Returns topics that contain either the
first or second term.
- NOT—Returns topics that contain the first term
without the second term.
- NEAR—Returns topics that contain both terms
within eight words of each other.
Use the following checkboxes on the Search tab
to customize a search:
- Search previous results—Narrows the results
from a search that returned too many topics. You must remove the
checkmark from this checkbox to search all topics.
- Match similar words—Broadens a search to
return topics that contain words similar to the search terms. For
example, a search for "program" lists topics that include the words
"programs," "programming," and so on.
- Search titles only—Searches only in the titles