AnyLogic Help

The Help system lets you browse, search, bookmark, and print help documentation. The documentation is organized into sets of information that are analogous to books. The help system also supplies a text search capability for finding the information you need by search phrase or keyword.

You can interact with help system in the workbench using the separate Help window.

Help Window

The Help window displays help on using AnyLogic. If you are reading this document, you've probably found this window already. You can open the window from the main menu by selecting Help > AnyLogic Help. The first view shown in the window is called Contents. This view displays the table of contents for the product documentation. Click one of the links to expand the navigation tree with a set of documentation.

This is what the Help window looks like, when using embedded browser:

The Help window

The Help window appears in a window with two panes: the Navigation pane on the left and the Topic pane on the right. The toolbar at the top of the window contains buttons for browsing topics of your help system.

Browse topics in the Contents frame on the left. Click on a topic to have it displayed. Use the Back and Forward buttons to navigate within the history of viewed topics.


To quickly locate topics on a particular subject in the documentation, enter a query in the Search field. Use the Search frame to display the Search view. You can narrow the scope of your search by selecting only the sections you are interested in.


After you run a search and find a topic you were looking for, click either the Refresh / Show Current Topic button or Show in Table of Contents button to match the navigation tree with the current topic. You might also find it useful to synchronize after following in-topic links.

The Navigation pane

The Navigation pane contains four pages:

Table of Contents (Bookshelf)
This list contains all the available sets of information (or books). Click a book to see its topics tree.

Contents Tab
This tab displays an outline of the available Help topics for the selected book.

Search Results Tab
If you run a search of the documentation, the results list will be displayed on this tab.

Bookmarks Tab
This list displays topics that were bookmarked using Bookmark Document button.

The Topic pane

The Topic pane displays the selected help topic, or the default help topic.

The Toolbar

Type a search query in the field and click Go. Click Advanced Search to enter a longer query or to filter the results by available books.

Search scope
Click the link to change the documentation set to be searched.

Go Back
Click this button to return to the previously displayed page.

Go Forward
You can use this button if you have just used the Go Back button. Click it to display a previously displayed page.

Refresh / Show Current Topic and Show in Table of Contents
Click one of these buttons to match the navigation tree up to the topic currently shown in the content frame.

Bookmark Document
This button adds the currently displayed document to the Bookmarks view.

Print Page
This command prints the currently displayed topic.

Maximize and Restore
The Maximize buttons cause navigation or content frame to be maximized. When a frame is maximized the Restore button becomes available. Use it to restore the frame to its original size.

Printing a help topic

To print a topic from the Help window:

  1. Select the topic in the navigation frame.
  2. Click the Print button in the Help toolbar.
  3. Select the desired printer settings, and click Print.

Printing multiple help topics

You can now print multiple topics in the help window with a single action. The new print drop-down button above the table of contents allows you to print a complete topic sub-tree at any level, and will automatically generate a table of contents in the printed document.

Style conventions

To make things easy to follow, there are a number of formatting conventions and images used throughout the book:

Bold – Used for the names of UI elements such as menus, buttons, field labels, tabs, and window titles.
Italic – Used for emphasizing new terms.
Courier – Used for code examples, references to class and function names, and filenames.

"How to" scenario.

Reference to another help topic.

– The feature is available in AnyLogic Professional edition and AnyLogic University Researcher only.