How to create a help file for vb

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I want to create a *.hlp (help) file for my visual basic application.Pl help me
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try using the "Help WorkShop" app which should be under your visualstudio/visualstudio tools in your start menu.

if it's not there, then you have to install it off your visual studio cd.
I know this isn't exactly what you asked for but sometimes people here ask the wrong question by mistake, so in case this happened...

There is a newer standard of help files since the ancient .hlp files that were popular back in the Win9x days (and before). This is the .CHM (HTML Help). Basically, this is a collection of HTML pages (like a web site) which are compiled into one file.
This allows you to create a "web site" and then convert that to a single CHM file.
Two added bonuses:
* You can also provide the help as HTML, which is the biggest standard out there and can include multimedia (flash, animated gifs ...)
* There is a wide variaty of HTML-supporting editors to choose from (and also automatic help generators). This makes the process of creating help a lot easier.

Download of the HTML Help Workshop is available here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/htmlhelp/html/vsconwhtshw.asp
[from microsoft.com: "a help authoring tool with an easy-to-use graphical interface for creating project files, HTML topic files, contents files, index files, and everything else you need to put together an online help system or Web site."]

One problem using this format is that it requires the "HTML Help viewer" which did not appear in older versions of windows and would require an additional installation.

Welcome to EE, I hope this helps,
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