Solved

Calling a Help File in VB

Posted on 2001-08-02
9
175 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I have a help file that I am trying to call in VB.  The first form in the application is an MDI Form.  If I press F1 here with no other forms visible (loading a form into memory does not work, I have to actually show it) the help file will not display.  If I show another form and then press F1 the help file will come up.  In my main program I set App.Helpfile to my help file name with path.  How do I get the help file to come up when only the MDI form is open and how do I call the help file from a menu item?
0
Comment
Question by:dsa7
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 6
  • 3
9 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344693
Try set the keypreview property on the MDI form and capture the F1 keystroke, then open the help file manually.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344713
Or better still set the help menu accelerator key to F1
0
 

Author Comment

by:dsa7
ID: 6344714
How do I open the help file manually?
0
PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

 

Author Comment

by:dsa7
ID: 6344764
How do I open the help file manually?
0
 

Expert Comment

by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344776
try shelling winhelp with a command line
0
 

Expert Comment

by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344806
like this

Shell "winhlp32 " & App.HelpFile, vbNormalFocus
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
GrahamAtJobserve earned 75 total points
ID: 6344819
To conclude, this is the answer...

have F1 as the shortcut key in a help menu, and use the line of code

Sub mnuHelp_click()
     Shell "winhlp32 " & App.HelpFile, vbNormalFocus
End Sub
0
 

Author Comment

by:dsa7
ID: 6345357
Shelling out works but not exactly the way I wanted it to.  As a workaround, I created a dummy form that blends into my mdimain background and show this form when I first load the app.  That seems to work.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6345376
Wont that give a problem if you want to have a window list on your menus?

imaginative workaround though - I'm impressed.
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Have you ever wanted to restrict the users input in a textbox to numbers, and while doing that make sure that they can't 'cheat' by pasting in non-numeric text? Of course you can do that with code you write yourself but it's tedious and error-prone …
Enums (shorthand for ‘enumerations’) are not often used by programmers but they can be quite valuable when they are.  What are they? An Enum is just a type of variable like a string or an Integer, but in this case one that you create that contains…
Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Excel using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Excel. Using automation, an Access application can laun…
Get people started with the utilization of class modules. Class modules can be a powerful tool in Microsoft Access. They allow you to create self-contained objects that encapsulate functionality. They can easily hide the complexity of a process from…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question