Books online sucks - by franks597

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Opened 9/10/2013 2:57:20 PM
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HEY! I remember when I installed SQL server, I installed books online, I clicked help, I got a search field, I put some words in the search field, BOOM I get results.  Now I get some time-wasting web BS that I waste time navigating and it is not specific to SQL server. I wanted to find out about the new "time" data type, find out how it is different than DateTime, etc. I put time in the search field and got a bunch of time-wasting irrelevant stuff in the left pane that I don't have time to wade through. So I vote that the new version of SQL Server books online is bogus. It needs to install as a help file like it used to, or at the least behave exactly like it used to if you insist it reside on the web. Right now it is an obstacle rather than a help.  I guess I will run a search in google. 
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Posted by Microsoft on 9/13/2013 at 2:18 PM
Thanks for expressing your point of view. I can appreciate that the search functionality of MSDN is not always the best.

You may want to download the Books Online content to your local server rather than use the web. For information about how to do that, see the section "Internet-connected computers" in this topic:

After you have downloaded the Books Online content, you will want to set the Help Viewer to search only for your local content. The instructions for setting that option are in the section "Using Online Help Features in Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1" in this topic:

I am closing this item as "not reproduced" because we offer Books Online as both Web-based and downloadable content.

Gail Erickson
SQL Server Documentation Team