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Calling a Help File in VB

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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?
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by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344693
Try set the keypreview property on the MDI form and capture the F1 keystroke, then open the help file manually.
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by:GrahamAtJobserve
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Or better still set the help menu accelerator key to F1
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by:dsa7
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How do I open the help file manually?
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by:dsa7
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How do I open the help file manually?
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by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344776
try shelling winhelp with a command line
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by:GrahamAtJobserve
ID: 6344806
like this

Shell "winhlp32 " & App.HelpFile, vbNormalFocus
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GrahamAtJobserve earned 225 total points
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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
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by:dsa7
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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.
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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.
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