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Tips for Using the Help Keyword Index

Visual Studio .NET 2003

If you want to optimize your results using the index, try the following tips:

  • Scroll up and down the index entries. Not all topics are indexed the same way, and the one that could most help you might be higher or lower in the list than you expected.
  • Enter words as singular or partial string without endings. By entering a partial string, you can get to topics that have been indexed with search keywords that are singular or plural.

    For example, enter "propert" to start your search above properties and property.

  • Try entering gerund (-ing) forms of the verb for the task you want to complete. To find more specific index entries, append a word that describes exactly what you want.

    For example, type "running" to get more entries or "running programs" to get fewer.

  • Try entering standalone adjectives. To narrow the results, append a word that describes exactly what you want.

    For example, enter "COM+" to get a wide range of entries or "COM+ components" to get fewer.

  • Omit indefinite articles because the Index window ignores them.
  • If you do not find the entries you expect, try reversing the words you enter.

    For example, if "debugging inline assembly code" did not display any relevant entries, try typing, "assembly code, debugging inline".

  • Use filters with the Index window to decrease the number of topics in the Results window.
  • In the Index results window, you can sort the results by the columns.

If you would like more information about using the Search window, see Search Syntax and Guidelines.

See Also

Index Window | Index Results Window | Using Help in Visual Studio .NET | Finding Information with Full-Text Search

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