What's New in Document Explorer 

Microsoft Document Explorer is designed to make locating and using Help easier and more complete. This topic discusses the new features available in this release.

New full-text search feature

The Search window has been replaced by the new Search page. The Search page is not docked with the Contents and Index windows, but instead appears as a separate window. The Search page contains simplified filtering options and displays search results by source. The search engine has also been improved to produce better search results.

For more information, see Search Page.

How Do I page

A new way to locate information in Help is through the How Do I page. The How Do I page presents a categorical view of select Help content that you can browse. Depending on the edition you installed, multiple How Do I pages might be available for use. For more information, see How to: Browse for Information by Subject.

Use Online Help sources

Document Explorer allows you to display F1 topics located on MSDN Online and perform searches on Help content located on your computer as well as the Web. You have three locations where Document Explorer can look for Help: local Help installed on your computer, MSDN Online, and Codezone Community Web sites. The first time you access Help, you will be prompted to select your Help source preferences. You can change your Help source preferences at any time from Online, Help, Options Dialog Box.

For more information, see Help Sources: Local Help and Online Help.

Help Filters

You can now use predefined filters on the table of contents and index. A different custom filter is provided for full-text searches.


For developers who install a Visual Studio product, your initial settings selection determines which filters are applied. Help Filters for Visual Studio
Help Filters for Visual Studio

Search Queries

You can save Help search queries so you can run the same search query again as needed. These queries appear in the Help Favorites window. For more information, see How to: Save Help Searches.

See Also

Community Additions