Help Content Manager Overrides


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For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Help Content Manager Overrides on You can modify the registry to change the default behavior of the Help Viewer and Help-related features in the Visual Studio IDE.

TaskRegistry KeyValue and Definition
Define unique service endpointHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\14.0\HelpNewContentAndUpdateService--HTTPValueForTheServiceEndpoint.
Define online/offline defaultHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\14.0\helpUseOnlineHelp--Enter 0 to specify local Help, and enter 1 to specify online Help.
Define unique F1 endpointHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\14.0\HelpOnlineBaseUrl--HTTPValueForTheServiceEndpoint
Override BITS job priorityHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (on a 64-bit machine)\Microsoft\Help\v2.2BITSPriority--Use one of the following values: foreground, high, normal, or low.
Disable Online (and IDE Online option)HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (on a 64-bit machine)\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\HelpOnlineHelpPreferenceDisabled--Set to 1 to disable access of online Help content.
Disable Manage ContentHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (on a 64-bit machine)\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\HelpContentManagementDisabled--Set to 1 to disable the Manage Content tab in Help Viewer.
Point to local content store on network shareHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Help\v2.2\Catalogs\VisualStudio11LocationPath=”ContentStoreNetworkShare
Disable installation of content at first launch of Visual Studio feature.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (on a 64-bit machine)\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\HelpDisableFirstRunHelpSelection--Set to 1 to disable help features that are configured the first time that Visual Studio starts.

Help Viewer Administrator Guide