[This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change.]
Applies to: desktop apps only
Displays a Help file. This method can be used with Microsoft HTML Help.
HRESULT retVal = object.showHelp(helpURL, helpArg);
There are no standards that apply here.
- helpURL [in]
BSTR that specifies the URL of the file to be displayed as help.
- helpArg [in, optional]
VARIANT that specifies a string or integer that indicates a context identifier in a Help file.
If this method succeeds, it returns S_OK. Otherwise, it returns an HRESULT error code.
Only files of types .chm and .htm are supported as help files.
When implementing this method, a second Help dialog box appears when the user presses F1 or clicks Help on the menu bar. You can prevent the default Help dialog box from appearing by setting returnValue to
This method must use a user-initiated action, such as clicking on a link or tabbing to a link and pressing enter, to open a pop-up window. The Pop-up Blocker feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 blocks windows that are opened without being initiated by the user.
Build date: 6/6/2012