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Search Documentation with the Help Browser

Search Pane in the Help Browser

To look for a specific word or phrase in the documentation, use the Search pane in the Help Navigator.

Image of Search panel.

  1. To limit (or extend) the products whose documentation is searched, set the product filter.
  2. Click the Search tab.
  3. Type the word or words you want to find in the Search for field, and click Go (or press Enter or Return). You can use Boolean operators between the words--see Boolean Operators in Search.
  1. The documents containing all of the exact search words are listed, with the documentation Section and the Product name shown in the second third columns, providing context for the results. You might need to make the Help Navigator pane wider to see all columns. The total number of results appears at the bottom left side of the pane.

  1. Select an entry from the list of results.
  1. The selected page appears in the display pane with all occurrences of the search words highlighted using a different color for each search word. Search words remain highlighted until you view another page or until you click the Refresh button in the toolbar.

    In the display pane, use the Find tool, accessible from the Find button on the toolbar, to find a specified word in that page.

  1. Search results are ordered by relevance. For example, titles that contain all search words appear first, while pages containing a single instance of each search word appear last.
  2. For more results, you can search for the words in the Technical Support database on the MathWorks Web site by clicking the link at the bottom of the Search results pane.

    Image of Help browser showing Search panel, the search term

Function Alternative.   From the Command Window, use docsearch to open the Help browser to the Search pane and search for the specified term. For example

docsearch('print figure')

finds all pages that contain the words print and figure. For details, see the docsearch reference page.

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