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    I have read the posts here relating to creating context specific help, but still have a question.

    I have a table that contains the names of the controls on a form. It also includes a description of what should be entered in the control. Is there a "simple" way to convert the table to a help index? In other words, can I use the primary key as the "Help Context ID" and have it present the info to the user when they click the F1 key?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration.


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    You can't use an Access table for this.
    You'd have to create a Windows Help file (.hlp) or a HTML Help file (.chm) and specify that in the Help File property. There are specialized tools to create such help files.
    Each subject in a help file has a Help Context ID that uniquely identifies it.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='798208' date='15-Oct-2009 14:12']You can't use an Access table for this.
    You'd have to create a Windows Help file (.hlp) or a HTML Help file (.chm) and specify that in the Help File property. There are specialized tools to create such help files.
    Each subject in a help file has a Help Context ID that uniquely identifies it.[/quote]
    Thanks Hans.

    A Google search for help authoring tools is overwhelming and the tools seem to have more bells and whistles than I really wanted to include. Maybe I can just create a little something that reroutes the F1 key, and present the info to the user in a pop up window.

    Thanks for your help. As usual, you are dead on.

    Ken

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    [quote name='kwvh' post='798226' date='15-Oct-2009 21:38']Thanks Hans.

    A Google search for help authoring tools is overwhelming and the tools seem to have more bells and whistles than I really wanted to include. Maybe I can just create a little something that reroutes the F1 key, and present the info to the user in a pop up window.

    Thanks for your help. As usual, you are dead on.

    Ken[/quote]

    You May be able to use the AutoKeys Macro to redefine the F1 Key.

    If you do a help search on AutoKeys it should tell you how to do this.

    You need to Create a Macro and show the macroNames column

    In the name column Define the Name as {F1} (same syntax as with sendkeys.

    In the action Box you can then use RUNCODE to call your own function to run a suitable help pop up.

    Hope that helps.
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    [quote name='AndrewKKWalker' post='798236' date='15-Oct-2009 16:22']You May be able to use the AutoKeys Macro to redefine the F1 Key.

    If you do a help search on AutoKeys it should tell you how to do this.

    You need to Create a Macro and show the macroNames column

    In the name column Define the Name as {F1} (same syntax as with sendkeys.

    In the action Box you can then use RUNCODE to call your own function to run a suitable help pop up.

    Hope that helps.[/quote]
    Andrew,

    Thank you for the suggestion. I will give it a try.

    Ken

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