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Install and Manage Local Content

By using the Microsoft Help Viewer, you can add, remove, update, and move the Help content that is installed on your computer to fit your software-development needs.

To manage content on your local computer, you must log on with an account that has administrative permissions. In addition, you might not be able to manage local content if you work in an enterprise environment because system administrators might make those decisions for your organization. For more information, see the Help Viewer 2.1 Administrator Guide on the Microsoft website.

By default, the Help Viewer installs content by using a Microsoft online service as the source. You generally shouldn't change your content source unless you work in an enterprise environment for which a system administrator has already installed content in another location.

To change the content installation source

  1. On the Manage Content tab, choose the Disk option button.

    Note Note

    The Disk option won't be available if your administrator has prevented you from modifying the content installation source. For more information, see the Help Viewer 2.1 Administrator Guide on the Microsoft website.

  2. Perform one of the following steps:

    • Enter the path of an .msha file or the URL of a service endpoint.

    • Choose the Browse () button to navigate to an .msha file.

    • In the list, choose the entry that was used most recently.

You can view topics without an Internet connection if you download and install content on your local computer.

Important note Important

To install content, you must log on with an account that has administrative permissions.

If the Visual Studio IDE is set to a language other than English, you can install English content, localized content, or both. However, no content will appear if you install only the English version and the Include English content in all navigation tabs and F1 requests check box in the Viewer Options dialog box is cleared.

To download and install content

  1. Choose the Manage Content tab.

  2. In the content list, choose the Add link next to the book or books that you want to download and install.

    The book is added to the Pending changes list, and the estimated size of the book or books that you specified appears below that list. Because some books share topics, the total download size of multiple books might be smaller than the result of adding together the sizes of every book that you specified.

  3. Choose the Update button.

    The book or books that you specified are installed along with any updates for books that you already have on your computer. Installation times vary, but you can view the progress in the status bar.

You can save disk space by removing unwanted content from your computer.

Important note Important

You must have administrative permissions to remove content.

No content will appear if the Visual Studio IDE is set to a language other than English, you remove localized content, and the Include English content in all navigation tab and F1 requests check box in the Viewer Options dialog box is cleared.

To remove content

  1. Choose the Manage Content tab.

  2. In the content list, choose the Remove link next to the book or books that you want to remove.

    The book is added to the Pending changes list.

  3. Choose the Update button.

    The book or books that you specified are removed from your computer.

The status bar indicates when updates to your installed content are available.

Important note Important

If you want the Help Viewer to automatically check for online updates, you must open the Viewer Options dialog box and then select the Go online to check for content updates check box.

To update local content

  • In the lower-right corner of the status bar, choose the Click here to download now link.

Update times can vary, but you can view the update progress in the status bar.

You can save disk space by moving installed content from your local computer to a network share or to another partition on your local computer.

Important note Important

To move content, you must log on with an account that has administrative permissions.

To move local content

  1. On the Manage Content tab, choose the Move button under Local Store Path.

    The Move Content dialog box opens.

  2. In the To text box, enter a different location for the content, and then choose the OK button.

  3. Choose the Close button when the content has been moved.

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