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36 topics found by tags: html help (chm), web help, topics, conditional compilation, build tags.

Opening a compiled Web Help system

When I click Project>Compile in HelpSmith to produce a web help system, it opens the generated help system in the browser and everything works fine. But if I launch the generated index.htm file manually in Windows explorer, some functions do not seem to work. For example, I cannot select a topic in the TOC, search topics by keywords, etc. H [...]
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Creating a help system on Mac

Can I use HelpSmith to create documentation on Mac? Currently I'm using HelpSmith trial under Parallels on my Macbook Pro. But will the produced help files and documents work on a Mac?
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Customizing the size of the Non-scrolling Area?

How can I customize the size of the non-scrolling area? I have tried to edit the non-scroll area settings, but could not do it.
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Start each topic on a new page in PDF output

Where can I set the "new page for each topic" option for the PDF document that I'm creating with HelpSmith?
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How to re-use topics from another help project? (Creating a library of shared topics)

Does HelpSmith provide the capability to re-use topics from another help project file (.HSM)? For example, while working on a specific user manual, I would like to have the possibility to include a topic written for another manual. Also, it would be useful to have the possibility to create a library of shared topics that could be added into a s [...]
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What is a .CHW file?

When I create a .CHM help file with HelpSmith, I also see an additional file with the .CHW extension in the output folder. Can you please explain the purpose of this .CHW file? Should I distribute it with my .CHM help file, or it is a temporary file that I can delete? Thank you!
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How do I format code in my help file?

I need to paste some code examples to my help file, which should be formatted according to the style used in a specific programming language (e.g. PHP, Python, HTML, etc.) for function names, variables, keywords, etc. But when I copy/paste the code into a topic, it is displayed as plain text. How do I format the code in help documentation with [...]
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How do I link to a specific place within a topic?

I am creating a FAQ section that will contain a list of questions linking to the appropriate answers. The answers can be located within the same topic, or in other help topics. What I need to do is to link directly to a specific place in a topic. For example, when the user clicks on such a link, the help system should scroll directly to the app [...]
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How to change the width of the TOC frame in CHM help?

How can I change the width of the left hand menu (TOC frame) in the CHM help file compiled with HelpSmith?
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How to disable scaling of control images below the screenshot?

I'm using the HelpSmith's Image Tool to annotate screenshots of my application. When I capture a screenshot, add annotations for controls, and then export the annotations into the topic, HelpSmith scales down the size of some sub-images for controls which are generated below the main screenshot image. Is it possible to disable the scaling for t [...]
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