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Advanced Windows Help Full Text Search

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A basic full text search consists of the word or phrase you want to find.


Advanced full-text search allows a user to search using boolean, wildcard, and nested expressions. A user can also limit the search to previous results, match similar words, or search topic titles only. When advanced full-text search is enabled, the Search tab in the Help Viewer is enhanced.


To find information with advanced full-text search :


Click the Search tab, and then type the word or phrase you want to find.

Click on the button to add boolean operators to your search.

Click List Topics, select the topic you want, and then click Display.

To sort the topic list, click the Title, Location, or Rank column heading.


The basic rules for formulating queries are as follows:


Searches are not case-sensitive, so you can type your search in uppercase or lowercase characters.

You may search for any combination of letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9).

Punctuation marks such as the period, colon, semicolon, comma, and hyphen are ignored during a search.

Group the elements of your search using double quotes or parentheses to set apart each element. You cannot search for quotation marks.


Note: you can set the Help Viewer to highlight all instances of search terms that are found in topic files. Click the Options button, and then click Search Highlight On. This feature only works with Internet Explorer 4.0 or later.