NavSearch User Reference

How does NavSearch work

NavSearch scans your files on your local/network drivers, perform full text search according to your searching criteria, then generates a temporary result file. NavSearch then launches your web browser and loads this temporary result file to the browser.

Before start searching, you must tell NavSearch the location of your favourite web browser, and assign a temporary file where searching results should be stored. You do this by goto [Files | Setup Browser]

NavSearch switches

You may add the following switches to NSACCESS.INI. (NSACCESS.INI is automatically created when you register NavSearch. If you haven't registered yet, please create this file using a text editor. e.g. NotePad)

SaveOnExit=0Do not save options at exit
Show_Option=0Hide NavSearch [FILE] on the menu bar
Show_Adv=0Hide panel [Advance Options]
Modify_Dir=0In the [Limit to Directory] box, user may not input their own directory.
Can_Close=0NavSearch window cannot be closed

INIPATH=D:\ini-directory\Save NAVSRH's preferences (NAVSRH.INI) in another directory,
instead of the same directory as NAVSRH.EXE. This switch is particular
useful if NAVSRH.EXE is running from CD-ROM, or a network server.

How to launch NavSearch within HTML

If you are a CD-ROM publisher, or Intranet developer, you might want to integrate NavSearch with your existing HTML files. e.g. When an user is viewing HTML file on the Intranet / CD-ROM, he/she may start NavSearch by simply click on a hyperlink, maybe something like 'Click here to search documents'.

You can do this easily by setting up NavSearch as a helper application. e.g. Setup NavSearch as a helper application for ".srh" extension. When user click on <A HREF="temp.srh">Click here to search documents</A>, NavSearch will be lauched by the browser automatically.

For the above exmpale you need to create a file call "temp.srh'. However it can be empty or contains some description, its content is never used.

Netscape users can setup a helper application by:

  1. Start Netscape
  2. Goto Options | General Options | Helpers

How to launch NavSearch within HTML Frames

When you goto [Files | Setup Browser], there is an optional field called "Frame File Name".

As mentioned above, NavSearch outputs its results to a temporary result file. You can set your result file name to whatever you like.

If - NO - FRAME file name is set, NavSearch will tell your browser to load the "Result File" everytime a search is completed.

If FRAME file name is set, NavSearch will tell your browser to load the "Frame File" everytime a search is completed.

If you do use a FRAME file, the frame file must have a "frame src=temp.htm", where temp.htm refers to the result file. So when NavSearch tells your browser to reload the FRAME file, the results will be displayed with that frame.


  1. You want NavSearch to output its results to "MYRESULT.HTM"
  2. You want this Result appear in your FRAME file, "OPEN.HTM"
  3. You have a frame in OPEN.HTM which loads "MYRESULT.HTM"

Your result file name is "MYRESULT.HTM"
Your frame file name is "OPEN.HTM"

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