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Need a step by step help showing how to create a simple HTML Help file by HHW.

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This is just a suggestion, but it helped me to learn how to do the HTML help.  If you have the HTML Help Workshop (from Micorsoft), find a small .chm file within Windows.

Next, use the decompile function (built into the workshop) and decompile into a empty folder.  This provided a list of all needed parts to the HTML help.

I would start by adding changes to the .htm pages, then to the index, and so on.  Then, just recompile with a different name to see your changes.

Good luck!
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To PBuck:

>This is just a suggestion

Yes, a suggestion, but it is an interesting way to learn....so, it might be a good answer :-)

I have tried to decompile a .chm and put the decompiled files into a .hhp immediately and then compile it to a new .chm....as you suggested.

There are some differences between the old and new .chm:
1. The "Search" and "Favoritis" tabs are lost in the help window when run the new .chm.
2. some links (blue string) become dim and may not be clicked for jumping.

Can you help?
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Forgive me, but I am not an HTML expert at all but it sounds like the dimmed links are because they are trying to link to something that isn't present.  

So, when you moved the files to a new folder, you must make sure to reattached the HTM pages to the links.

Look for these type of links within the .htm :
<a href="rating_overview.htm">

these must be in the same folder (as your project) or just reference them like so:
<a href="C:\Temp\rating_overview.htm">

As for the search tab, make sure within the .hhk file your search words/sentences are re-linked also. Highlight a word/sentence and 'EDIT' (the pencil button) and if needed delete the present link and add a new one - finding your current .htm

There are various project options, such as including Full text search stop list (.stp) - i have no idea about.

I think the main thing when learning this was to make sure the links from the .htm and index search words/sentences are linked correctly.  

Sorry, I am not much more help than that.  I am sure with more time and trying you'll get the hang of it.  Good luck - let me know if there is anything else.
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