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Performing basic full-text searches

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A basic full-text search is a search for one or more words in every topic of the online Help system using the Search area in the navigation pane.

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The following table describes the results of basic searches.

Search for



A single word


Topics that contain the word "air" and any grammatical variations of air, such as "airport" and "aircraft."

Two or more words

airport terminal

Topics that contain either of the two words, "airport" or "terminal."

To perform a basic search

  1. In the navigation pane, click Search.
  2. If necessary, in the Filters list, select a filter to limit the full-text search to a specific group of topics.

    Note  You can also select a filter after your search to filter search results you already retrieved.
  3. Type the words you want to find. If you type two or more words, the system searches for topics that contain any of the words.
  4. Press ENTER.

    The system displays a list of topics containing the words you want to find. The topics are ranked in order based on the number of occurrences of the search terms found. You can also sort by topic title by clicking the Title heading.

    The Favorites area appears in the navigation pane..
  5. Click the topic to view it.

    The system shows the topic in the main pane and highlights the search terms. If you used more than one term in the search, each term is highlighted in a different color. For information on removing the highlighting, see Removing Search Highlighting.