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    Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    Hello All

    I've managed to create a working help file for my database using a very nice friendly utility called cheetah9. Now it works great if I open it on its own, but when I assign the help file to a form, or control all I get is a blank grey help offering. I'm entering the name of the custom help file without a file designation (.hlp, .prj, .cnt) as the help file and a topic ID number into the Help Contect ID.

    Anyone got any ideas as to what I've missed to get this result?

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    Try setting the Help File property to the name (and path) of the help file including the .hlp extension

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    Doh!!!!! All it needed was the file extension adding to it....... Where's the redface smilie when you need it???

    Thanks Hans

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    I'm having trouble linking my help file, too. I used MS HTML Help Workshop to do my help file. But I don't end up with a .hlp file. I only have a .chm and a .hhp file. Could this be the problem?

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    Files with extension .hlp are Windows help files, as used by Office 97 and before. HTML Help Workshop creates, as the name indicates, HTML Help files, as used by Office 2000 and later, not .hlp files.

    See MSKB article How To: Create an HTML Help System by Using Either the HTMLHelp API or the HTML Help in Access

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    I tried the article you suggested, but that doesn't work either. It only seems to work when you press F1 when you are on the TextBox control, but when you move to the button I just get a grey box. And the F2 does not work for the context-sensitive help. It just says that "iRetCode" variable is not defined. I've attached a copy of the simple database from this article so you can see what I mean.
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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    Somebody else will have to assist you, I know nothing about creating help files.

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    Re: Custom Help Files (Access 2K)

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    Hello

    Sounds like the sort of problems I had getting a help file to work. Go to the site shown below and opt for the Cheetah software, it's free and so simple i had my first working help file up and running, well limping, in 30 minutes.

    http://www.thefreecountry.com/programming/...authoring.shtml

    You'll need the Microsoft Help Workshop as well.

    Hope this helps.

    Ian

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