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The interactive Python window does not display usage and tool-specific help in the Help window for all classes and functions.

Last Published: August 19, 2020 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000088086
SubmittedJune 3, 2015
Last ModifiedNovember 24, 2020
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.3
StatusWill Not Be Addressed

Additional Information

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Use Python's built-in help function and pass in the tool name that needs to be searched. The help is displayed in the main Python section. Use Python's built-in function attribute __doc__ following the tool to show the documentation string. The help is displayed in the main Python section. >>> arcpy.Buffer_analysis( >>> help(arcpy.Buffer_analysis) >>> print arcpy.Buffer_analysis.__doc__

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000088086


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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