This function has not been fully integrated into the long-term Mathematica system, and is subject to change.

is a global option that specifies which directories are searched for additional help files used within the help system.


  • These help files are used for add-ons contained within subdirectories of $UserBaseDirectory and $BaseDirectory.
  • The directories to be searched are specified using the function. Typical directories included in AddOnHelpPath are FrontEnd`FileName[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Autoload"}] and FrontEnd`FileName[{$BaseDirectory, "Applications"}].
  • Help notebooks should be in a subdirectory called Documentation/language, where language is determined by the value of the global variable $Language. It can be any language recognized by the system, such as English, French, or German.
New in 4.0
New to Mathematica? Find your learning path »
Have a question? Ask support »