Stupid BOL Tricks – #1

I just found this out today. If you have Books Online installed on your system, did you know you can look at the local content in a regular old web browser? At the top of a Books Online topic, you'll see a URL bar. The URL starts with  ms-help://, which is really just another protocol pointing to the installed location of Books Online on your computer. Copy that URL and paste it into a browser, and voila, there it is! 

Of course, you can always just go to the web for Books Online and get the content there.

Comments (2)
  1. Brad says:

    Hmm… The local content url works with IE but not FireFox…

  2. BuckWoody says:

    Yes, that’s true. The “protocol” (mshelp://) is registered at the Browser level, so each vendor would have to put that in. Not sure Firefox cares about Microsoft SQL Server very much.. :)

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