To define categories and information types

  1. Open a contents (.hhc) file, and then click Contents Properties.


    Defines the general appearance of the table of contents.


  2. Click the Information Types tab, and then click Add.
  3. In the Category name box, type the name for the first category you want (for example, Experience Level).
  4. In the Description box, type a description for the category. Descriptions for categories and information types are important because they are viewed by the user in the wizard that walks them through information type selection.
  5. In the Information type name box, type the name of the information type you want (for example, Advanced).
  6. In the Description box, type a description of the information type. For example, "topics for advanced users."
  7. Click either Inclusive Type or Exclusive Type to assign an information type attribute.


  • You may want to make a backup copy of your contents file before you add information types to it.
  • After you define information types, you can assign them to a topic.
  • You can create up to 10 categories and 32 separate information types. The name for an information type cannot exceed 255 characters.
  • Categories are optional, if you use them, all information types must be added to a category.
  • If used with a large collection of merged compiled help (.chm) files, categories should be standardized for all the files in the collection.
  • Information types are not supported when using a binary table of contents.

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About Assigning Information Types