Search Syntax and Tips
Find keywords in the documentation by entering text in the Search box on the desktop or in the Help browser.
When you view pages linked from the search results, search terms appear with highlights. To clear the highlights, press the Esc key.
The search engine ignores common, insignificant words such as a,
an, the, and of,
unless they are part of an exact phrase in quotation marks. It also ignores
capitalization, punctuation, and special characters such as
find a symbol or special character:
Search for the word instead of the symbol or character, such as
View the documentation on MATLAB Operators and Special Characters.
Search the PDF documentation, available from the documentation home page.
Searches can include the following operators:
Requires at least two nonwildcard characters, and cannot appear at the start of a keyword or in an exact phrase.
Implied when no operator is present between keywords.
The Help browser search evaluates
NOT operators first,
OR operators second, and
AND operators last.
"plotting tool" OR "plot tools" NOT "time series" AND workspace
finds pages that contain either plotting tool or plot tools and contain workspace, but do not contain time series.
You can filter search results using facets that appear on the left side of the page. For example, view MATLAB® topics by selecting MATLAB and Help Topics.
The search engine searches the following text in the documentation:
Documentation — Text and code shown in the Help browser
User interface examples — Help comments in the program file
Videos — Title