Some time back, the Books Online team at Microsoft made a very cool macro on Live.com that would search within the on-the-web version of Books Online – a very handy feature indeed, since the search for the installed version of Books Online is, well, “less than optimal”.
Anyhow, it seems with the transition to “bing” from “live” that the macros no longer work. I’ve contacted the team to see if they can share how they wrote the original macro, but in the meantime I’ve found a way to search Books Online using bing. All you need to is place your search term in quotes, followed by a space and then this string: site:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library
So for instance, if you want to search for the Transact-SQL (T-SQL) command called BACKUP, you could use this string:
I find this works most of the time. Check it out and comment if you find a better method…