Experience our new online help!

pglpgl Portland, Oregon, USA Member Posts: 105

Hi Everyone,

If you've ever taken a look at the opening page of the ANSYS Student product's "Help Viewer", since R18.1 you'll see a note about our new online help.

The new online help is a beta feature at 18.1 and 18.2, but regardless I strongly recommend that you start using it, as it really is very intuitive and a very nice enhancement over the "old" help viewer. To switch is on as your default help viewer, simply set up a new environment variable in your operating system. In MS Windows 10 this is achieved by open the System Properties and selecting Environment Variables. If you can't locate that, use Cortana, type in "Add New Environment Variable".  Here's the new Environment Variable to use: 

Hit OK and then exit all your running ANSYS applications. Wait a few minutes, and then start ANSYS Workbench again. When you select "Help" you see the new Online Help. It may take a while to locate the website the first time.





  • pglpgl Portland, Oregon, USAPosts: 404Member
    edited August 2018

    Hi Everyone, 

    Please note that at Release 19.0 the ANSYS Online help became the default help viewer, and for the ANSYS Student 19.0 and newer releases of the Student product you no longer need to set up the environment variable as discussed in the above post. You only need to set up the environment variable if you are using ANSYS Student Release 18.1 or 18.2 to acess the ANSYS Online Help. 




  • AndyJPAndyJP Posts: 396Member
    edited June 2020

    Online help is slow as hell and much harder to navigate. Offline help was much more helpful. The only thing, scripting help got much better; but it could be implemented offline, or in PDF with better success.

  • RobRob UKPosts: 12,230Forum Coordinator
    edited June 2020

    If you have the full version (ie not Teaching or Student) you can still download the manual installer with the software. We run in this way as we're often off network. 

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