Queries

The File Browser shows you files that meet certain criteria you specify in a query. Unlike a traditional directory listing, the files are not normally organized by where they are on your hard drive, but by more useful properties such as file type, name, or date. The file browser is more like a search engine than a directory listing, but unlike the Search Sidebar, it is limited to the documentation distributed with the application.

Searching for files

When searching for a file by name, start your search from the File Browser.


Searching from the Documentation window

  • Type all or part of the name you're looking for in the Search text field in the Documentation window. As you type, results will appear that contain all or part of what you've typed.

When you type a return, the results of the search will be displayed. You can refine your search further by choosing a document type from the header to choose the kind of documents you're looking for.


Searching from the File Browser

  • Type all or part of the name you're looking for in the Search text field in the File Browser. As you type, results will appear that contain all or part of what you've typed.

When you type a return, the results of the search will be displayed. You can refine your search further by clicking in the left toolbar to choose a filter for the kind of documents you're looking for. Clicking on an entry will display the search results that match the sidebar entry, and also display a allow you to enter additional information to refine the search.


Advanced Searches

The File Browser search window provides you tools to do advanced file searching. You can combine multiple search refinements to accurately zero in on the resources you're looking for.


Advanced file searches from the File Browser

  • Choose one of the tab listings in the File Browser toolbar. Clicking on a sidebar entry will display all of the results that match the sidebar entry, and also display a search query in the search window itself to indicate the search refinement.

  • Click on the Help button to the right of the search field.

The help page will be displayed, which contains a list of other query phrases you can use.