Use the Search tab to find relevant topics based on keywords that you enter.
The basic search rules are as follows:
- Type your keywords in uppercase or lowercase characters; searches are not case-sensitive.
- Search for any combination of letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9).
- Do not use punctuation marks such as a period, colon, semicolon, comma, hyphen, and single quotation marks; they are ignored during a search.
- Group the elements of your search using double quotation marks or parentheses to set each element apart.
You can use the following wild card characters in any keyword:
|*||Replaces one or more characters when used at the beginning, middle, or end of a word. For example, “*lish”, “p*lish”, and “pub*” will all find “publish”. Also, “anno*” will find “annotative”, “annotation”, “annoupdate”, “annoreset”, and so on.|
|?||Replaces a single character. For example, “cop?” will find “copy”, but not “copybase”.|
|~||Adds grammatical form variations to a keyword when added at the beginning or end of a word. For example, “plotting~” will find “plots”, “plotted”, and so on. Also, “~plot” will find “preplot”, “replot”, and so on.|
When performing the exact phrase search, use double quotation marks (" ") to enclose words that must appear next to each other in the specified sequence. For example, enter "specify units of measurement" to find only topics with all those words in that order. If you don't use the quotation marks around that text, Help finds all topics containing any one of the listed words, that is, all topics containing "specifying", all topics containing "units", all topics containing "of", and all topics containing "measurement".
With the AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR operators, you can precisely define your search by creating a relationship between search terms. The following table shows how you can use each of these operators. If no operator is specified, AND is used. For example, the query spacing border printingis equivalent to spacing AND border AND printing.
Both terms in the
"tree view" AND palette
“tree view” +palette
Topics containing both the words "tree view" and "palette"
Either term in a topic
raster OR vector
Topics containing either the word "raster" or the word "vector" or both
The first term without the second term
ole NOT dde
Topics containing the word "OLE," but not the word "DDE"
Both terms in the
same topic, close together
user NEAR kernel
Topics containing the word "user" within eight words of the word "kernel"
- Click the Search tab. Enter the words or phrases that you want to find.
- (Optional) Refine your search with Boolean operators between the words and phrases.
- Click the Search button and double-click the topic you want.
- To sort the topic list, click the Title, Location, or Rank column heading.