The offline help system opens in the ArcGIS Pro Help viewer application. The offline help system matches your installed version of ArcGIS Pro. For example, if you use ArcGIS Pro 2.9, the offline help system topics apply to ArcGIS Pro 2.9.
As with the online help system, the Help viewer presents a table of contents on one side of the page and corresponding help topics on the other. Unlike the online help, it doesn't use horizontal tabs to categorize topics by theme.
Browse the table of contents or search for topics by keyword using the search text box in the upper corner of the viewer.
To change the offline help system language, you must download and install a non-English help file.
Compact help is an additional help system that is included when you install ArcGIS Pro. It contains a small number of topics, primarily related to setting up and licensing the application. If you open the help from the application and neither the online nor offline help system is available, the compact help system opens instead. The compact help system opens in a browser tab as a local file.
Offline help system functionality
You can use the Help viewer to search, bookmark, annotate, and print topics. You can also display and copy the URLs of web links so that the target web pages can be accessed at another time.
Tabs organize functionality in the Help viewer. The Documentation tab displays the table of contents and help topics. Other tabs display bookmarks, notes, and search results.
Use the buttons at the top of the viewer to move among topics, return to the home topic, or print a topic.
Use the buttons at the bottom of the viewer to bookmark a topic, add a note, or display link paths.
The offline help system is typically updated at each major release of ArcGIS Pro. However, the system may be updated between releases. If this occurs, you will be prompted to install the update.
Search for topics or for a word in a topic
To search for help topics, type one or more keywords in the Search text box and press Enter. The viewer switches to the Search Results tab and displays a list of relevant topics. Click a search result to open the topic on the Documentation tab.
To see a list of recent searches, click the drop-down arrow on the search box. Click a recent search to run it again. Click Clear History to clear the search history.
To find a word in a topic, press Ctrl+F to open the Find dialog box. Type the word in the Find text box.
The same keywords may return different search results in the online and offline help systems.
Print a topic
Individual topics can be printed from the Help viewer. On the Documentation tab, select a topic in the table of contents and click the Print button to open the Print dialog box. Alternatively, right-click the topic and click Print on the context menu or press Ctrl+P on your keyboard.
The Options tab on the Print dialog box allows you to print all topics that appear as links in the selected topic. You can also print a table listing the URLs of all links in the topic. This includes links to other help topics and links to web pages.
Bookmark a topic
To bookmark a topic for future reference, display the topic on the Documentation tab and click the Add Bookmark button at the bottom of the viewer.
To see your bookmarked topics, click the Bookmarks tab.
To open a bookmarked topic, click the Navigate button .
To delete a bookmark, click the Delete button . You can also delete a bookmark from the Documentation tab by clicking the Delete bookmark button when the topic is displayed.
Add notes to a topic
To supplement a topic with your own comments or additional information, display the topic on the Documentation tab and click the Add Note button at the bottom of the viewer. A window appears in the viewer where you can type or paste text. When you're finished, click the Hide Note button to close the window.
To see your notes, click the Notes tab.
To open a topic that includes a note, click the Navigate button . The topic opens on the Documentation tab with the note displayed.
To delete a note, click the Delete note button . You can also delete a note from the Documentation tab by clicking the Delete note button when the topic is displayed.
Show link path
The path of any link in a help topic can be displayed and copied. This is useful when you have restricted internet access and need to view linked web pages at later time. As noted above, you can also print the paths to the links in a topic, formatted as a table.
On the Documentation tab, click the Show link path button at the bottom of the viewer to display a text box. Hover over a link in a topic to see its path in the text box. When you hover over a different link, the path updates.
To copy a path to the clipboard, right-click the link in the help topic and click Copy shortcut on the context menu. Alternatively, click the Copy link to clipboard button in the text box.
To stop displaying link paths, click the Hide link path button .