Using UpToDate

How do I print only part of a topic?

How do I copy and paste from UpToDate?

What are the links below the topic titles?

How do I change my setting in the search results page?

How do I search for graphics?

Why do all my search results show only graphics?

How do I print an individual graphic or abstract?

How do I make slides from UpToDate graphics?

How can I view only select graphics types (i.e. tables or figures) for a topic?

How can I email a graphic?

How do I change the size of the font?

What does the "E-mail" function in UpToDate online do?

Can I place a link to UpToDate on my website?

How do I access UpToDate patient education topics?

How do I find the "What's New" summary in UpToDate?

How do I request permission to reproduce UpToDate material in another publication?

How do I cite an UpToDate topic?

How do I see my recent searches and topics?

How do I bookmark a topic? (desktop and mobile apps)

How do I personalize my navigation items? (desktop only)

How do I change my language setting? (online and mobile apps only)

What happens when I change my language setting? (online and mobile apps only)


How do I print only part of a topic?

UpToDate® Online — Click and drag to select the text that you want to print, then use your browser's print facility to print the selected portion of the topic (typically by choosing an option such as "Selection" or "Print Selection"").

UpToDate® Desktop installation — Click Print in the topic tools area at upper right. The system displays a version of the topic that is formatted for printing. Select the Options to print (Text, Graphics, References) and click Print. Click "Close" when printing is complete.

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How do I copy and paste from UpToDate®?

For instructions on how to copy and paste text from a topic, click one of the following links:

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What are the links below the topic titles?

These are quick links to the most commonly referenced sections within a topic that specifically relate to your search query.  These are displayed based on sophisticated algorithm that analyzes your search expression, and the behavior of the overall UpToDate user population.  Click the section or graphic to go directly to the content.  You can also find these links in the topic outline. 

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How do I change my setting in the search results page?

If you prefer, you can change your setting to see search results without the relevant subsection links:

  • Click "Collapse Results" and you will not see subsection links displayed.
  • Click "Expand Results" and you will see subsection links displayed.

You can also hide the topic outline:

  • Click "Hide Topic Outline" and the Topic Outline will not show.
  • Click "Display Topic Outline" and the Topic Outline will show.

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How do I search for graphics?

UpToDate® includes a search feature that allows you to quickly find graphics and related topics. There are thousands of graphics in UpToDate that include the following types: Pictures, Tables, Figures (illustrations and diagrams), Graphs, Algorithms, Movies.

View a video that describes how to access the more than 30,000 pictures, figures, tables, graphs, algorithms, and videos available with your subscription.

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Search box

At any search box, you can select the 'Graphics' content type in the dropdown menu to have the search results show only graphics related to your search term.

Search dropdown

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Search results

Once on the search results page, if you want to see only graphics, click on the word Graphics to the left of the search results. You can also click Adult, Pediatric or Patient to see topics prioritized by that type.

Graphics option in search results

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Graphics search results

Within the Graphics search results view, all relevant graphics are shown in a thumbnail view. You can click on the graphic thumbnail or the title below the thumbnail to see more details in the Graphics lightbox view.

Graphics in thumbnail view

Enterprise customers who have a Visual Dx subscription and who have the integration turned on for their account will see a Visual Dx thumbnail in their graphic search results for any search queries in which visual Dx has relevant content. When the user clicks on the Visual Dx icon they will be brought into the Visual Dx web site to view additional images.

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Graphics light box

Within the Graphics light box view, you are able to see a larger view of the image as well as a list of topics where this graphic is referenced. You can print, email or export this graphic from within the light box. Click on 'Full view' to open the graphic in a new window.

Additionally, you can provide feedback on this graphic to UpToDate®.

Individual graphics view

Under the 'Appears in Topics' section to the right of the graphic, you can click on a title to open the topic. The topic will be scrolled to the section of the topic in which the graphic first appears. The first link to the graphic within the body of the topic will be highlighted for easy location.

To close the graphics light box, click the 'X' in the upper right or click in the shaded area around the light box.

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Why do all my search results show only graphics?

If the dropdown selector is set to Graphics on the search box, Graphics will be shown first in the search results. Change this option to All Topics and run another search to change the default search results view.

The default search setting is All Topics when you begin a session.

Search dropdown

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How do I print an individual graphic or abstract?

For instructions on how to print an individual graphic image or abstract, click one of the following links:

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How do I make slides from UpToDate® graphics?

Through the Export to PowerPoint tool, you can quickly and easily export graphic images to Microsoft PowerPoint (or to other software capable of opening Microsoft PowerPoint files) for use as slides in presentations.

The requirements for using the Export to PowerPoint tool are as follows:

  • Your subscription type must permit the use of the tool. The tool will be displayed only if it is permitted for your subscription type.
  • You must be using UpToDate® online from a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Software that is capable of opening Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) files must be installed on the computer that you are using.

Otherwise, you can use one of these procedures to create slides from UpToDate graphics: Making slides on a Windows-based computer or Making slides on a Macintosh.

To export a graphic from UpToDate using the Export to PowerPoint tool:

  1. Click the link for the graphic in an UpToDate topic to open the graphic in a separate window —OR— click on a graphic image from within the Graphics search results thumbnail view.
  2. Click the Export to PowerPoint tool in the graphic window.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, click Open to open the graphic in PowerPoint (or your PowerPoint-compatible software), or click Save to save the graphic as a .ppt file.

    Note: If the graphic consists of multiple images, the Export to PowerPoint tool creates a separate slide for each image.

View a video that describes how to access the more than 30,000 pictures, figures, tables, graphs, algorithms, and videos available with your subscription.

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How can I view only select graphics types (i.e. tables or figures) for a topic?

Within the topic outline of a topic, the graphics are organized by type (i.e. FIGURES, PICTURES, TABLES, etc). Click only any of these types to display all figures of that type within a thumbnail view.

Graphics in topic outline

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How can I email a graphic?

Open an individual graphic from within a topic or from within the Graphics search results view. On the top of the graphics view, click the Email option. Complete the email dialog box and click Send. NOTE: If you are an individual subscriber, you have the option to include a complimentary guest pass for one recipient (this option is not available for institutional users or patient subscribers).

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How do I change the size of the font?

  • UpToDate® desktop computer installations — Click My Account and select Text Size. Select one of the options (small, medium, large, extra large) and then Save & Close.
  • UpToDate® online — Use your browser's facility for setting the text size on the page.

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What does the "E-mail" function in UpToDate® online do?

This feature allows you to send an UpToDate® topic or graphic by e-mail, along with a 30-day guest pass (one per recipient).

To email a topic, click Email in the topic tools are in the upper right. To email a graphic, click the Email option at the top of a graphic view.

Email opens a dialog box in which you can specify address information and e-mail options. You can keep the default message text or edit it, as desired. If you are an individual subscriber, you have the option to include a complimentary guest pass for one recipient (this option is not available for institutional users or patient subscribers). When you have finished, click Send to e-mail the individual graphic or the complete topic, including all graphics and references.

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Can I place a link to UpToDate® on my website?

We welcome links to our website, including links to our home page, patient information topics, and professional-level previews. See our linking policy.

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How do I access UpToDate® patient education topics?

About UpToDate® patient education

UpToDate® offers hundreds of patient education topics about the most common medical conditions and procedures. These topics encapsulate the same information included in the materials provided for clinicians. As such, they give readers the information they need to actively participate in decisions related to their care.

Goals and objectives

For healthcare providers, our goal is to provide patient education materials that can be easily accessed and used with patients at the point of care, enabling shared medical decision making.

For patients, our aim is to provide information that can answer medical questions and help the patient make informed medical decisions in partnership with their family and healthcare team.

UpToDate patient education topics

Patients have varying information needs. Some want just a brief overview, while others want more in-depth information. UpToDate® meets the varying information needs of patients by offering both The Basics and Beyond the Basics:

  • The Basics — These topics are 1-3 pages in length and are written in simple language. They answer the four or five most important questions that a person might have about a medical problem. The Basics topics are best for readers who want a general overview.
  • Beyond the Basics — These topics are 5-10 pages long and are more detailed than the topics in The Basics. Beyond the Basics topics are best for readers who want a lot of detailed information and who are comfortable with some technical medical terms.

Our patient education topics also offer:

  • Integrated full-color pictures, graphics, and charts to help the reader understand difficult medical concepts
  • Extensive referencing, with links to topic abstracts
  • Links to other related topics and related search terms in UpToDate®

Update schedule and editorial review

Like our clinician-level materials, patient education topics are updated continuously, so they reflect the most recent medical literature. All patient education topics are written by professional medical writers with advanced degrees, and then edited by our in-house physician editors. They are also reviewed by an external physician author and section editor. Thus, our patient education topics are current, accurate, and evidence-based.

Accessing UpToDate® patient education

With UpToDate® online, clinicians can access patient education topics as follows:

  • Through the search facility add the words 'patient info' to your search query (for example, search on "patient info asthma").
  • When viewing search results in UpToDate on the web, in the left hand navigation click on Patient to prioritize patient education topics to the top of your search results list.
  • After logging in, click Patient Info on the toolbar, then click on the medical category of interest. NOTE: For the desktop application, the Patient Info option must be configured to show on the toolbar.
  • Click Patient in the topic tools area at upper-right in a topic to go directly to the Information for Patients section, where you will find links to any related patient education topics. Note: The Patient tool is available only in professional-level topics for which there is related patient information.

With the UpToDate mobile apps, the Patient tab is available at the top of the search results list.

Beyond the Basics patient articles are available free to the public. For more information, or to search on a topic, visit our Benefits for Patients page. Patients can search for information using the search facility. Patients can also click on "view patient-level table of contents" directly below the Search box to view all of our patient education topics by medical category.

All topics can be printed or e-mailed.

View a video that describes the patient education materials available.

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How do I find the "What's New" summary in UpToDate®?

Our physician editors have made it easy for you to stay current through the What's New feature. This feature provides you with a summary of the most important updates that have been added since the last release. These updates represent, in our editors' view, the most important new information added in recent weeks. They include Practice Changing UpDates, a compilation of studies with important or immediate implications for how clinicians practice. You can view this information by clicking What's New on the toolbar.

For the desktop application, the What's New feature can be added to the toolbar for quick access (Click here for details on toolbar setup).

View a short video on how to find the “What’s New” summaries.

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How do I request permission to reproduce UpToDate® material in another publication?

All UpToDate® material is protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce material from UpToDate (including figures, tables, and portions of topics) in another publication must be secured in writing. You must obtain express written consent from UpToDate in order to use any of our content on your web site. See Permission to use or reproduce UpToDate material

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How do I cite an UpToDate® topic?

Here is an example of how to cite an UpToDate topic: 

Marion DW. Diaphragmatic pacing. In: UpToDate, Post TW (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA. (Accessed on November 25, 2013.)

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How do I see my recent searches and topics?

UpToDate® desktop computer installations — The History button on the top navigation bar opens a popup of recent searches and topics. Click any of the items in the History popup for quick access (click here for details on top navigation setup).

Additionally, at any search box online or on the desktop, as you begin entering a search expression, your recent searches will be displayed at the top as you type. You can select the recent search to see the results. Or you can prevent this recent search from displaying again by clicking remove.

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How do I bookmark a topic? (desktop and mobile apps)

Desktop: To save a selected topic for subsequent reference, click Bookmark on the Topic Tools area in the upper right. The Bookmark label will change to yellow and Unbookmark. The yellow Unbookmark will be seen on future visits to this topic. To remove this bookmark, click Unbookmark.

To view a list of all your current bookmarked topics, select the Bookmarks button from the top toolbar.

UpToDate for iPhone®: When viewing a topic there will be an outlined Star icon in the bottom tool bar. By clicking this Star the topic will be bookmarked (note that the outlined Star icon will now be solid. To unbookmark a topic then click on the solid Star icon and it will return to an outline form, this topic is no longer bookmarked. Bookmarking is also available for calculators and graphics.

UpToDate for Android™: When viewing a topic click the Menu button, click More and click Add Bookmark. To unbookmark a topic you are viewing, click the Menu button, click More and then click Remove bookmark.

When viewing a calculator or graphic, click Menu button then click Add Bookmark. To unbookmark a calculator or graphic you are viewing, click Menu then click Remove Bookmark.

To view your bookmarked topics, go to the UpToDate home screen and select Bookmarks. To remove an item from the list of bookmarks, click the Menu button, click Edit and then click the X next to any topic for which you wish to remove the bookmark.

UpToDate for Windows 8 Tablets: When viewing a topic, swipe down from the top. The top and bottom app bars will appear. Select the Bookmark icon in the lower left of the screen.

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How do I personalize my navigation items? (desktop only)

To show your frequently used items on the top navigation, go to My Account and click Toolbar Options. Check the items you wish to be visible on the top navigation, then click Save & Close.

Depending on your screen resolution, all items may not fit on the top navigation. To access all items, click the down arrow to the right of My Account.

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How do I change my language setting? (online and mobile apps only)

For online, you can change your language preference at anytime. Just click on "Languages" (shown on the top right side) or "Search in another language" (shown above the search box when you click on "New Search"). You will then be presented a screen which allows you to see what languages are available and change your setting. This setting will be saved when you return to the site.

View a video on how to search in your own language.

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What happens when I change my language setting? (online and mobile apps only)

You can search UpToDate by entering search terms in this language. For online, top navigation items and some user messages are also shown in this language. Topic content is always displayed in English.

View a video on how to search in your own language.


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