Did you know… You can narrow search results by turning off partial matches? – #377

If you do a search for the phrase “how to create a custom winform control” using the default options in the General Development Environment, you’ll get back 500 results, as shown below.

search query with 500 results

If you go to Tools – Options – Help – General (and in VS shell, add Environment in the node path), you’ll see the option include partial matches in local search results.


If you uncheck this option and repeat the search, you’ll have only 9 hits in local help to scan through instead of 500.

same search query with only 9 results

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  1. My latest in a series of the weekly, or more often, summary of interesting links I come across related to Visual Studio. Sara Ford’s Tip of the Day #337 explains how to narrow search results by turning off partial matches . Via Alvin Ashcraft – Dilip

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