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Searching for Documentation with WebSearchAx [AX 2012]

Updated: November 17, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

For Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 all Help documentation topics are published to the web. Each topic is published to either Microsoft TechNet or MSDN, depending on its target audience:

  • For application users – TechNet

  • For developers – MSDN

  • For system administrators – TechNet

Only the English editions of Help topics are published to the web for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

The WebSearchAx.htm page is available to provide advanced search capabilities for a variety of information about Microsoft Dynamics AX. WebSearchAx searches for Help topics on TechNet and MSDN. WebSearchAx can also search the web for white papers, code samples, and blog entries about Microsoft Dynamics AX.

WebSearchAx user interface

The WebSearchAx.htm page 

The labels on the WebSearchAx page are displayed in the language of the user. However, all Help topics found by WebSearchAx are in English.

The Help server is part of a complete install of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The Help server hosts Help topics for the application user audience. Each Help topic is an .htm file that can be viewed with the Help viewer or any web browser. The Help server hosts the following types of topics:

  • Help topics that are installed with the product.
    The hosted topics target application users and the Application Workspace.

  • Help topics for forms that are used by developers and system administrators.
    These Help topics are not listed in the table of contents in the Help viewer. You can see this type of Help topic by pressing the F1 key while the form has focus.

  • Custom help topics that are created by partners and customers.
    For more information, see Writing Documentation for the Help System.

The Help viewer is the client that you use to read topics from the Help server. You start the Help viewer when you press F1 from the Application Workspace. In addition, you can use links that are available in the Help menu of the Application Workspace. The Help viewer includes links to WebSearchAx at the bottom of every search results list.

For more information about the Help server and Help viewer, see Help System Components.


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