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Options to narrow down search

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  • Whether it is online MSDN library or local MSDN help, it returns all results which contains your word to search.

    However, VS 2010 supports multiple languages and there are documents belongs to each languages.

    For example, some API belongs to Win32 and MFC at the same time ( due to same function name ).
    "Data type" documents exist for C#, C++, .NET, Win32 etc.

    I have used MSDN for about 20 years, and I always wondered why there was no "option" to narrow down your search critieria like "Win32", "MFC", or nowadays "C#", ".NET" etc.

    I'm not sure if MS has any plan to enhance MSDN search ( again either online or local ), but it would be great if they have.

    • Moved by Paul Zhou Monday, December 12, 2011 7:26 AM (From:.NET Base Class Library)
    Friday, December 9, 2011 4:00 AM

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  • I suggest you to post this question in "Suggestions and Feedback for the Forums".

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/suggest/threads


    Please mark this post as answer if it solved your problem. Happy Programming!
    Friday, December 9, 2011 5:54 AM
  • Whether it is online MSDN library or local MSDN help, it returns all results which contains your word to search.


    Locally there is.  If necessary create and use a custom filter.  Which version of Document Explorer are you using?  Apart from learning how to use the query syntax effectively (Tip: think Boolean), the main problem you might have using it would be how reliably the pages you were searching through had been tagged (Hint: you find that out by inspecting document source and by using trial searches and counts.)

    FWIW I haven't done much local searching lately because I have found online searching is just about good enough--and because I am no longer on dialup.   ; )

     

    FYI

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Monday, December 12, 2011 3:17 PM