Intel® VTune™ Amplifier provides a Getting Started page with the links to installed resources like Getting Started Tutorials using a variety of tuning scenarios for sample applications and links to documentation resources available on the web. You can access this page through the Help menu or Getting Stared link on the Welcome page of the standalone product version.
This document focuses on using the VTune™ Amplifier in the Intel® Parallel Studio XE. You may see minor differences if you installed a different Intel Studio. For more information on product capabilities in your installed Intel Studio, see the studio-specific supplemental documentation in
From the Visual Studio user interface, select Help > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013> Getting Started with Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013.
For the standalone user interface, Getting Started page is available via Help > Getting Started with Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 menu.
In the Visual Studio IDE, you can browse and search for topics in different ways:
Use Help > Contents to open the Contents window and browse the Table of Contents.
To view help for the VTune Amplifier directly, select Help > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 Help.
Use Help > Index to open the Index window and access an index to VTune Amplifier topics. Either type in the keyword you are looking for, or scroll through the list of keywords.
Use Help > Search to open the Search page and search the full text of topics in the help.
To view help in the standalone user interface, select Help > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 Help from the menu.
Locating Intel Topics in the Visual Studio Help Viewer
To filter the documentation so that only the Intel documentation appears, select Help > Contents from the Visual Studio user interface. In the Filtered by: drop-down list, select Intel.
To determine where the currently displayed topic appears in the table of contents (TOC), click the Sync with Table of Contents button on the Visual Studio toolbar to highlight the topic in the Contents pane.
Browsing Reference for Processor Events
VTune Amplifier documentation includes Reference for Intel processor events. To access the Reference for a particular Intel processor/microarchitecture, select Help > <processor_name> in the standalone user interface. To access the Event Reference from Visual Studio, select Help > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 > Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 Help and search the Table of Contents for the required processor.
Navigating in the Product Usage Workflow
Where applicable, the VTune Amplifier help topics provide a Where Am I in the Workflow? See Also link. Click the link to view the workflow with a highlight on the stage that this topic discusses.
Activating Intel Search Filters in the Document Explorer
With Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, you can include Intel documentation in all search results by checking the Intel search filter box for the Language, Technology, and Content Type categories. You must check the Intel search box for all three categories to include Intel documentation in your searches. Unchecking all three Intel search boxes excludes Intel documentation from search results. The Intel search filters work in combination with other search options for each category.
Using Context-Sensitive Help
Context-sensitive help enables easy access to help topics on active GUI elements. The following context-sensitive help features are available on a product-specific basis:
? Help: In Visual Studio, click the ? button, in the upper-right corner of the dialog box or pane to get help for the dialog box or pane.
F1 Help: Press F1 to get help for an active dialog box, property page, pane, or window.
What's This Column: In the grid, right-click a performance metric column and select the What's This Column entry from the context menu to open a help topic for this particular metric. You can also view a lightweight metric description in the pop-up window when hovering over the column name.
Dynamic Help: In Visual Studio 2008, select Help > Dynamic Help to open the Dynamic Help window, which displays links to relevant help topics for the current window.