Tips for searching the Information Center
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With my current job responsibilities I find that I need to use the WebSphere MQ Information Center frequently. Having been around for a number of years I was used to using paper manuals and then PDF manuals and I was initially resistant to using the Information Center because I thought it was more difficult to get to the topic I wanted.
For example, let's look at the WebSphere MQ Information Center for 7.0. I want to look up the syntax of the REFRESH CLUSTER command, so I open the Information Center and enter the search words refresh cluster and the search returns 110 results. Too many, so I search again with the string (in quotes) "refresh cluster" which returns 49 results. Better but still a lot to potentially wade through.
If I know the manual I want to search I can narrow the search to that one manual in a couple of ways.
From the contents pane (on the left side of the Information Center) expand WebSphere MQ and then highlight Queue Manager Clusters by left clicking it. Then click on the search topics icon just below the Search box at the top and select Search selected topic and all subtopics from the drop down. A new search box will pop up pre-filled with the search expression from the first Search box, click OK and the search returns 21 results found in the Queue Manager Clusters manual and the first one REFRESH CLUSTER is the one I want. If the new search box did not have your search pre-filled, then just enter "refresh cluster" and click OK to search.
Another way to accomplish a search in a single manual, or topic, is to set the scope by clicking on the Scope: link to the right of the Search box. If this is the first time you've used it click New, expand WebSphere MQ, click on Queue Manager Clusters and type in a List name at the top for your topic. I typed in Clustering and clicked OK. This should take you back to the original pop up with Show only the following topics selected and a new topic called Clustering. Press OK. Now if you search on "refresh cluster" it will only search the clustering topic and return 21 results. You can create as many of these topics as you like and have multiple topics in each list, if desired. A useful topic might be called Programming and contain the Application Programming Guide and the Application Programming Reference manuals by selecting the check box for each of those topics when creating the list name. If you then set the scope to Programming it will search both Application Programming manuals.