Searching the Help

You can search the entire text of the Help system for words or phrases. You can limit the search to previous results, match similar words, or search topic titles only.

  1. Click the Search tab, and then type the word or phrase you want to find.
  2. To search for words in the topic titles only, select the Search titles only check box. All topic files are searched, including any that are not listed in the table of contents.
  3. To search only the most recent group of topics found, select the Search previous results check box. To search through all of the files in the help system, clear this check box.
  4. Click List Topics , and either double-click the topic you want, or select it and click Display.


  • Searches are not case-sensitive, so you can type your search in uppercase or lowercase characters.
  • You can search for any combination of letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9).
  • Punctuation marks other than double quotes, such as the period, colon, semicolon, comma and hyphen, are ignored during a search.
  • Use double quotes to search for a phrase. For example, “server root password” finds topics containing the phrase server root password , while server root password finds topics containing the words server and root and password somewhere but not necessarily together as one phrase.
  • Use wildcard expressions to search for one or more characters: use an asterisk to search for zero or more characters and use a question mark to search for a single character.
Searching the Help