Books online sucks - by franks597

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Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 1
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 figuerres on 10/25/2016 at 7:18 AM
ok this got closed as the first post was poorly written... but it's very true that the old BOL was much better than the new stuff.
installing the old BOL was easy. using the old BOL was easy. the results from the old BOL were good.
right now I am trying to get the local BOL to work and I am getting an error that I do not have the permissions to change my settings. My account is a local admin account. and I can figure out what app to run with admin rights to fix due to the way the app is hidden in the menu , I tried to run some help apps that looked right but they needed command line arguments to run one of them and I do not know what that is.
so google is now BOL for many users.

Microsoft get back to basics and make the help and documentation for a product *WORK for the USER* not become as problem for the user.
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