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Dynamic Help, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Visual Studio .NET 2003

The Dynamic Help page allows you to change the number, type and order of links that appear in the Dynamic Help window. The Dynamic Help window displays links to Help, training, and other topics, based on the current area you are using or the task you are trying to complete within the integrated development environment (IDE). For more information, see Customizing Dynamic Help. You can access this dialog box by selecting Options from the Tools menu and then choosing Dynamic Help from the Environment folder.

Categories

Specifies the general groups of links that appear in the Dynamic Help window. By default, all of them are selected. You may want to limit the groups that are displayed in the window.

Actions
Lists links to wizards, macros, commands, and other tools that launch when you select the link.
Training
Lists links to topics from the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Training documentation set.
Help
Lists links to topics from the MSDN documentation sets.
Samples
Links to topics that demonstrate the use of .NET technologies.
Getting Started
Lists links to topics that are designed to help you quickly become productive using Visual Studio .NET.
Miscellaneous
Lists links to topics that do not fit into one of the above categories.
Move Up
Moves the selected category up one level in the Categories list. This changes the order in which categories are displayed in the Dynamic Help window.
Move Down
Moves the selected category down one level in the Categories list. This changes the order in which the category is displayed in the Dynamic Help window.

Topic Types

Defines the type of documentation, if available, that displays under each category in the Dynamic Help window.

Article
Provides in-depth information about conceptual subjects including: concept overviews, technical backgrounders, white papers, and best practices.
Procedure
Step-by-step guidance for performing specific tasks.
Orientation
Summaries that help you find the help you need in Visual Studio documentation.
Reference
Information about non-syntactical elements, including guides to user interface elements, help on error messages, and glossary topics.
Sample
Descriptions of samples, many of which contain complete source code files you can compile, build, and/or run.
Syntax
Descriptions of syntactical elements including objects, methods, events, properties, functions, statements, and expressions.

Show links for

Specifies the IDE context that the window uses to determine the scope of topics to display.

Selection Only
Limits the list to topics associated with the user interface element that is selected currently.
Active UI Elements
Limits the list to topics associated with any user interface element that is open.
Show All Links
Displays any topics that might be associated with the current state of the IDE.

Limit the number of links per category

Specifies the number of topics that are displayed for each category that displays in the Dynamic Help window. When this option is not selected, all general topics display in the Dynamic Help window. By default, this option is not selected.

See Also

Environment, Options Dialog Box | Customizing Dynamic Help | Using Help in Visual Studio .NET

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