Using Books Online (SQL Server Compact)

SQL Server Compact Books Online is the online documentation provided for SQL Server Compact. To access SQL Server Compact Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0, install the documentation from the download site or from MSDN Online.

Books Online uses the Microsoft Document Explorer as the interface for Help documentation. You can find information in the following ways:

  • Search for terms, and filter the search results.

  • Browse or search for keywords in the Index.

  • Navigate the Table of Contents.

  • Browse a set of links related to common tasks (the "How Do I" section).

  • Press F1 while viewing a user interface element to display information about it.

The Document Explorer introduces new features to help users find information. The following table describes new and enhanced features in Books Online, and provides links to more information.




Search all topics for key terms. Use the Filtered by field to narrow your search.

For more information, see How to: Filter Help Content.

For information about refining your search, see Full-Text Searches.


Browse or search the Index for key terms and concepts.

For more information, see Index Searches.


Browse the Table of Contents to view the topics and their relationships.

How Do I

View links to more information about common SQL Server tasks.

For more information, see How to: Browse for Information by Subject.

Help Favorites

Save bookmarks and search results for easy retrieval.

For more information about saving links to your topics, see How to: Save Links to Favorite Information.

For information about saving your Help search results, see How to: Save Help Searches.

Dynamic Help (F1)

Display links to relevant information while using Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

For more information about the Books Online viewer Document Explorer, see Help on Help (Microsoft Document Explorer Help).