Can An Expert Please Tell Me How I Can Get My Installed GIMP User Manual Interactive With My Installed GIMP Program When I Desire To Open A Section Of The GIMP User Manual Within The GIMP Program?

Posted on 2011-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
Hello. I have a question to ask you.

I have installed the latest version of GIMP 2.6 to date (v. 2.6.11) program on my Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system. This installation was a success. I have also successfully installed the “GIMP User Manual” in “English” into my system. NOTE: Both the setup installers for “GIMP for Windows” and “GIMP User Manual” are SEPARATE installation *.EXE setup installers. For your information, the “GIMP User Manual (‘s)” application I am using (I have installed.) file name is: “gimp-help-2-2.6.0-en-setup.exe” (without the quotes).

Now, here is the issue:

When I open GIMP program on my computer and I click on “Help” in the main menu, then “User Manual  >”, then select from the drop down list any item, for example: “Basic Concepts” section; I do not get the user manual to run/load. Instead I get a window stating, “Help browser is missing”, “The GIMP help browser is not available. The GIMP help browser plug-in appears to be missing from your installation. You may instead use the web browser for reading the help pages.” followed by “Use Web Browser” or “Cancel” button options. Please see the attached and embedded screen clipping image for clarity below for details. So in some particular manner, the installed “GIMP User Manual” is not linked or connected to the GIMP program itself. I do have the option to use GIMP’s online manual, but I rather use the installed GIMP User Manual since I installed it and if I desire to work offline.

My Question:

Can an expert please tell me how I can get my installed GIMP User Manual interactive with my installed GIMP program when I desire to open a section of the GIMP User Manual within the GIMP program’s main menu?

Please provide answer(s) and solution(s) with your own detailed steps with suggestions, facts, hints, and tips; and/or the best possible well written, detailed and documented website links hopefully with images and demonstrations along with the instructions.

Please reply.

Thank you!
 The GIMP Help Browser Is Missing Window Message
Question by:RegulaOne
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    Accepted Solution

    As it appears, the GIMP Help Plugin Browser for has not yet been created for Windows since the method used for Linux/Mac is very difficult to follow on Windows platforms.
    There are several GIMP user sites on the internet that produce this information; check, for instance, the postings by neo in this discussion:

    But since the GIMP manual is in HTML form, it can be read in any internet browser, like IE, Firefox, Opera or Chrome.

    So here's what you can do:
    - in the file explorer, go to the GIMP installation folder, most likely c:\program files\GIMP
    - click through it until you get to this location: c:\program files\GIMP\share\gimp\2.0\help\en\
    - in this folder, search for a file called "index" or "index.html"
    - this is the start page of the GIMP manual

    Now there are two ways to make this manual permanently available:
    1. double-click "index.html"; it will open in your browser -> add it to your bookmarks
    2. right-click "index.html"; select "Create shortcut"; a file "index.html.lnk" will be created -> drag it to your desktop. On double-clicking this link, the GIMP manual will be opened in your browser. You may rename the link to "Gimp manual" or any thing like that (right-click -> rename).


    Author Closing Comment

    @ torimar:

    Hello. Nice to meet you! Thank you for your comment.

    I follow your comment in that the *.EXE file is not useful for Windows at this time. I appreciate your link to reference this issue as well.

    I am happy to see that there is still a 'digital-like' HTML copy for GIMP User Manual as part of the GIMP program files for the GIMP program. I did not know that I still had alternate options to a 'digitall-like' copy of the GIMP User Manual. I also appreciate your steps to make it readily available for me to access.

    For your comment that provides me the accurate and precise answer and solution to my issue at this time since it is the only possible answer and solution to my issue at this time with the GIMP User Manual; your comment received the "Accepted Solution" and the full 500 points awarded.

    Again, thank you!
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    Thank you. I'm glad to have been of help.

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