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About Adding a Search Tab to the Navigation Pane

A compiled help file can include a Search tab that allows a user to search through every word in a help file to find a match. For example, if a user does a full-text search on the word "index," every topic that contains the word "index" will be listed.

Depending on how complex your help system is, the Search tab can contain either basic or advanced full-text search functionality. Advanced full-text search allows a user to search using Boolean, wildcard, and nested expressions.


  • To see an example of Advanced full-text search, click the Search tab in this help file. To see an example of a basic search, click the Search tab in the HTML Help Viewer topics Help file.
  • You can decrease the time it takes for a full-text search by including a full-text search stop word list in your help project.

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