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Chapter 3. Getting Help > Searching for Help Topics

Searching for Help Topics

When you tire (quickly) of clicking and skimming among Help Center’s 10,000 pages, you’ll warm up to Help Center’s search function. It’s fast, easy, and usually finds a wide range of related topics, which can acquaint you with XP features that you were unaware of.

To search for help topics:

1.
In Help Center, type or paste a search phrase in the Search text box; then press Enter or click the green arrow (Figure 3.4).

Figure 3.4. If you choose a category in Pick a Help Topic on the home page before starting your search, Help Center displays a Search Only check box below the Search text box. Check this box to narrow your search; uncheck it to search the entire Help system.


Help Center conducts the search and divides the results into three categories.

2.
Click one of the categories listed in the Search Results panel (Figure 3.5):

Figure 3.5. In a full-text search, the highlighted text shows matches for your search phrase.


Suggested Topics lists pages with keyword matches. Microsoft assigns invisible keyword tags to help topics.

Full-Text Search Matches lists pages that contain the literal phrase you entered.

Microsoft Knowledge Base (on the Internet) lists relevant articles that appear in Microsoft’s massive support Web site.


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