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How do you create your HELP FILES?

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I am creating an app that I need to write a help file for it and I'm having a hard time finding out how to create the help files that use the Windows Help Program.  There used to be a way to do it in VB4 but I'm using VB5.  I know there are programs available for a cost to create help files.  Does anyone know of a way you can create the help files on your own?  Thanks much!
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Yes.  On the VB CD is a folder which contains the setup files needed for Help Workshop.  Look in the folder Tools\HCW\.  

The program is used for maintenance of the help project as well as setting up the table of contents, but the actual help file is done in a word processor.  I have used MS Word, but you need to save the file in Rich Text Format (RTF).

A good source for getting started with Help Workshop is in the book "Platinum Edition Using Visual Basic 5". I believe that is Que publishing.  The nice thing is that you don't really have to buy the book, but you can read it on line. Go to www.mcp.com and register for your own 'Personal Bookshelf'.  This will allow you to register up to 5 books at a time and you can go in and read them whenever you wish.  Chapter 21 discusses creating Online Help.

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For a good poor man's help development system check out
http://www.berksnet.com/public/hfht0215.zip

Package includes how to docs,  template for word,  macros, and toolbar for common help file tasks.  Titles, links, mid topic jumps, popups.

Be on the safe side, make your templates (.dot) files read only.  This stops the spread of vba viruses.
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Thanks much for your help!  I can't believe I didn't find it earlier!
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