General, Help, Options Dialog Box

This page of the Options dialog box allows you to specify your display preferences for Search Results as well as specify the language preferences for results. You can access this dialog box by selecting Options from the Tools menu and click Help.


Clicking OK in the Options dialog box saves all Options settings, including settings made on other pages. Clicking Cancel on any Options dialog box page cancels all change requests, including those made on other pages.

Show Help using

Specifies that Help is displayed using the Integrated Help Viewer.

Search result per page

Specifies the number of topics that are displayed on a single search results page.

Show topic abstracts

Specifies whether an abstract for each topic is shown in search results.

Reuse topic window

When selected, specifies that Help topics display in the same window so you can navigate among topics using the Back and Forward buttons. When unselected, specifies that a new window is opened for each topic.

Highlight search terms

Specifies whether search strings are highlighted within search results topics for local Help.

Include partial matches in local search results

When selected, specifies that search results include topics that have any of the words in the search string. Search results do not need to include all of the words in the search string.

When unselected, specifies that search results include only topics that contain all of the words in the search string.

Online Topic language

Specifies the language in which to search and display results in for online Help sources only.

The available languages depend on the Help source. For example, MSDN Online supports multiple languages, but some Codezone Community sites might not support any language other than English.


If you have never been connected to the Internet while Visual Studio was in use, only one option appears: <Download Languages>. Select this option and press DOWN ARROW to download a list of available languages. An Internet connection is required. For more information, see Help Sources: Local Help and Online Help

Also show English topics

Specifies that if the search results include information in English, these results are also displayed.

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