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I am new to VB.NET 2002.  I have a question about using CHM "Help Files" and I haven't found information anywhere on the Internet that I have understood or that has helped me so far. When my program is installed the packager will ask the user what directory they want the software installed to. Default will be C:\Program Files\Lexco and the support files including the help file will be in C:\Program Files\Lexco\Support Files but if the user changes it to another directory then I would need my program to be able to find the Support Files directory for the Help.chm file so it could be used.  

My question: In my code how to I account for this when pointing to my support files such as the Help.chm?  A simple commented working example using the F1 Help Provider would be great.

Thanks,

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by:Éric Moreau
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You can use Application.StartupPath to know from which folder your application is running.

Me.helpProvider1.HelpNamespace = Application.StartupPath & "\YourFile.chm"
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by:Éric Moreau
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Me.helpProvider1.HelpNamespace = Application.StartupPath & "\support\help.chm"
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by:teamdad
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emoreau,

Thank you for the quick reply, I have a F1 help provider on my form and have used your code but in the debug mode it don't bring up the help file.  I have watched for spelling errors and tried the Help.chm in the bin folder since it would be the application startup path and it still won't pull up. Is it something i'm doing?



I also have a post for assistance with embedded fonts if you are interested.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/VB_DOT_NET/Q_21150219.html
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Éric Moreau earned 450 total points
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have you set the ShowHelp to true for all controls?
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by:teamdad
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Yes. For the MenuItem and the form.
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by:teamdad
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I had to make some adjustments to the code you gave me but now it works great!!

Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        Dim hPath As String = Application.StartupPath()
        Me.HelpProvider1.HelpNamespace = hPath & "\Support Files\Help.chm"
    End Sub
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