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Creating a Help System

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This one baffles me. I'm using VS.Net 2005 and write desktop apps
that need built in help. So logically, I figure maybe VS has a help
system component built in so I search the help.

Hey! Apparently, all I have to do is create a "Help Project"!
There's my starting point. So the VS help says:

"To create a Help project, click on the File menu, choose New and
follow the wizard's instructions"

1 - There is no "New" on the file menu. It's New Project or New Web
site.
2 - There is no wizard.
3 - There is no such project as a Help project.
4 - 200 results in the search eventually take me back to this same
frustrating page.

It considerably lowers my intelligence to have to even ask a question
like this because you assume that the help within a product actually
helps you with that product. So to save the massive rant (so tempting
at this point) I'll simply ask;

How do I create a help system in VS/VB.Net 2005?

Thanks!

Apr 5 '06 #1
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Fred Flintstone wrote:
This one baffles me. I'm using VS.Net 2005 and write desktop apps
that need built in help. So logically, I figure maybe VS has a help
system component built in so I search the help.

Hey! Apparently, all I have to do is create a "Help Project"!
There's my starting point. So the VS help says:

"To create a Help project, click on the File menu, choose New and
follow the wizard's instructions"

1 - There is no "New" on the file menu. It's New Project or New Web
site.
2 - There is no wizard.
3 - There is no such project as a Help project.
4 - 200 results in the search eventually take me back to this same
frustrating page.

It considerably lowers my intelligence to have to even ask a question
like this because you assume that the help within a product actually
helps you with that product. So to save the massive rant (so tempting
at this point) I'll simply ask;

How do I create a help system in VS/VB.Net 2005?


I'm not completely sure, but I think you have been looking at help
about VS 2003. As you know, lots changed in 2005. I found this page:

<http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/9cwse3xa(VS.80).aspx>

which should help you (hoho) with your task.

Note that you must look at msdn2.microsoft.com, not msdn.microsoft.com,
for *2005*-specific help. F1 in VS 2005 *should* take you there as
needed, but I can't comment on whether it does in this case (I only
have 2005 Express).

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Larry Lard
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Apr 5 '06 #2

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It seems you need to install VS 2005 SDK first to get help project in VS
2005. See http://www.helpware.net/mshelp2/vs8/vs8help.htm

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Peter Macej
Helixoft - http://www.vbdocman.com
VBdocman - Automatic generator of technical documentation for VB, VB
..NET and ASP .NET code
Apr 5 '06 #3

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That's the thing... That's the help I get when I choose "Search" from
the help menu in VS.Net 2005. Thanks for the link, I'll check that
out.

Thanks!
On 5 Apr 2006 07:32:55 -0700, "Larry Lard" <la*******@hotmail.com>
wrote:

Fred Flintstone wrote:
This one baffles me. I'm using VS.Net 2005 and write desktop apps
that need built in help. So logically, I figure maybe VS has a help
system component built in so I search the help.

Hey! Apparently, all I have to do is create a "Help Project"!
There's my starting point. So the VS help says:

"To create a Help project, click on the File menu, choose New and
follow the wizard's instructions"

1 - There is no "New" on the file menu. It's New Project or New Web
site.
2 - There is no wizard.
3 - There is no such project as a Help project.
4 - 200 results in the search eventually take me back to this same
frustrating page.

It considerably lowers my intelligence to have to even ask a question
like this because you assume that the help within a product actually
helps you with that product. So to save the massive rant (so tempting
at this point) I'll simply ask;

How do I create a help system in VS/VB.Net 2005?


I'm not completely sure, but I think you have been looking at help
about VS 2003. As you know, lots changed in 2005. I found this page:

<http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/9cwse3xa(VS.80).aspx>

which should help you (hoho) with your task.

Note that you must look at msdn2.microsoft.com, not msdn.microsoft.com,
for *2005*-specific help. F1 in VS 2005 *should* take you there as
needed, but I can't comment on whether it does in this case (I only
have 2005 Express).


Apr 5 '06 #4

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I'll bet you're correct, thanks!
On Wed, 05 Apr 2006 16:37:50 +0200, Peter Macej <pe***@vbdocman.com>
wrote:
It seems you need to install VS 2005 SDK first to get help project in VS
2005. See http://www.helpware.net/mshelp2/vs8/vs8help.htm


Apr 5 '06 #5

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