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Adding Help to Your Custom Application

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Adding online Help to your Microsoft® Office XP application can reduce the amount of time required to train and support users of your applications. By using the tools provided with Microsoft HTML Help Workshop or your favorite HTML editor, you can author topics for a Help system by using the same tools and technologies used to create Web pages — including hyperlinks, ActiveX controls, scripting, and Dynamic HTML (DHTML) support. You can then compile your topics into a single file and display them by using the same viewer that is used to display Help in Office.

By using standard properties and methods, you can integrate Help topics and context-sensitive Help into your application's custom dialog boxes, error messages, and forms. If you want even more control over how HTML Help is displayed and integrated into your application, you can work directly with HtmlHelp application programming interface (API) calls from your Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

You can also use the navigation functionality of the HTML Help ActiveX control, such as a hierarchical table of contents or an index, on Web pages independently of using the HTML Help Viewer.

If you purchased Microsoft Office XP Developer or the Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit, you can use the Answer Wizard Software Development Kit (SDK) to integrate your own Help topics with those returned to users by the Microsoft Office Assistant.

In This Section

What Is Microsoft HTML Help?
Microsoft HTML Help is Microsoft's online Help authoring system.
Adding Help to Your Office Application
You can display Help topics to assist users of your Office applications in the following ways.
Using HTML Help to Author a Web Site
There are two ways to use HTML Help functionality when authoring Web sites.

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