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Application.HelpPaths Property (Visio)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Gets or sets the paths where Microsoft Visio looks for Help files. Read/write.


expression . HelpPaths

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

Return Value



The HelpPaths property is set to an empty string ("") by default.

The string passed to and received from the HelpPaths property is the same string shown in the File Paths dialog box. (Click the File tab, click Options, click Advanced, and then, under General, click ** File Locations.) This string is stored in the **HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Visio\Application\HelpPath subkey.

When the application looks for Help files, it looks in all paths named in the HelpPaths property and all the subfolders of those paths. If you pass the HelpPaths property to the EnumDirectories method, it returns a complete list of fully qualified paths in the folders passed in.

Setting the HelpPaths property replaces existing values for HelpPaths in the File Paths dialog box. To retain existing values, get the existing string and then append the new file path to that string, as shown in the following code:

Application.HelpPaths = Application.HelpPaths &; ";" &; "newpath ".

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This Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to get and set the HelpPaths property of the Application object. Before running this macro, replace fullpath(s) with the path or paths to the location or locations where you want Visio to look for Help files.

Public Sub GetHelpPaths_Example()  

    Dim strCurrentPath As String 

    'Retrieve the current path to Visio Help files.  
    strCurrentPath = Application.HelpPaths  
    MsgBox ("The current path for Microsoft Visio Help files is " + strCurrentPath)  

End Sub   

Public Sub SetHelpPaths_Example()  

    Dim strNewPath As String 

    'Store the new path.  
    strNewPath = "fullpath(s) "  

    'Set the new path in the Application object.  
    Application.HelpPaths = strNewPath  

End Sub
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