Missing Index in SQL 2016 Local Help — Fixed


We recently resolved the issue of missing index keywords in the SQL Server 2016 local Help.

To view the index keywords in the Help Viewer 2.2 (Index pane), do the following:

1.Open Help Viewer 2.2, either from SQL Server 2016 Management Studio (version 13.0.12500.29 or later) or from Visual Studio 2015.

2.In the Manage Content tab (right-hand pane), click Remove next to the following content sections:

  • SQL Server 2016 Technical Documentation
  • SQL Server Management Tools with SSMS
  • SQL Shared Language Reference
  • SQL Server 2016 Tutorials

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3.Click Update.

4.After the Update process has completed, click Add next to the same content sections. Be sure to select Online as the Installation source.

  • SQL Server 2016 Technical Documentation
  • SQL Server Management Tools with SSMS
  • SQL Shared Language Reference
  • SQL Server 2016 Tutorials

5.Click Update again.

After the Update process completes again, you should now see the index keywords in the Index tab for the topics included in these content sections.

For instructions on installing and configuring local Help for SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2014, see Install and Configure Help for SQL Server. The article covers Help Viewer 1.1 and Help Viewer 2.2, and a work around if the Help Viewer app freezes.

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