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    Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    Hi everyone,
    What would be the best format to produce Microsoft Access Help Files on Microsoft Access Database.

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    I would like to place the help file on the help menu. See the attached document

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

    Have a command button on a form to open up the native access help files to explain a concept or method. Each help file has a number that you can reference in code to open that help. This will save the effort of having to retype any native help methods or guidelines!
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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    There will need to be code involved to do this effectively. If you are familiar to a degree with VBA, you can have a look at the Northwind Sample Database that comes with Office. I recall that they have a custom menu set up which opens windows to explain the sample DB. You should get some idea of the code relevent to do this sort of thing there!

    I'm sure that some of the Access guru's will be able to give more detailed help too. So stay tuned!
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    Rudi

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    Thanks for your help guys (Rudi and Hans), I would like to create the program myslef, i will have a go with word documents,

    thanks a lot.

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    If you want to create a help document, you could use a Word document, or a PDF file created from a Word document.
    Then, create a function in an Access module that opens the Word document using Application.FollowHyperlink or ShellExecute (search this forum if you want information on ShellExecute).
    Create a custom menu item and set its On Action property to the name of the function.

    If you want to create a real help file, you must use help authoring software (do a Google search for this term) to design either a Windows Help file (.hlp) or an HTML Help file (.chm). If you want to create context-sensitive help, it must be a .hlp file.

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    Just passing through, but I don't follow this requirement:

    > If you want to create context-sensitive help, it must be a .hlp file.

    I've used context-sensitive .CHM files before with Office apps. MOD2000: How to Create Context Sensitive HTML Help Files relates how to build a Microsoft Access form where the Help file uses context IDs to show different Help topics, depending on where you click the pointer in the form.

    Alan

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    I always thought that wasn't possible, from The Kinds of Help You Can Use (Microsoft Office XP Developer):
    <hr>Caution While HTML Help does provide the ability to author and display pop-up windows for context-sensitive Help, UserForms, Access forms, and command bars in Office XP do not support using HTML Help files for context-sensitive Help. If you want to add context-sensitive Help for interface elements in your Office XP application, you must author and compile your topics as WinHelp 4.0 (.hlp) files by using Microsoft Help Workshop or some other WinHelp 4.0 authoring tool.<hr>
    I'm confused now...

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    >> I'm confused!! <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15>

    I didn't think thats possible!! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    > I'm confused now...

    I wasn't before you said that... but I am now.

    Alan

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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    I have not learned to create proper Help files, so I use Word.

    I build in a limited amount of 'context sensitivity" by bookmaking locations in the Word documents, and coding the "Help"buttons in Access to go to specific bookmarks in the the Word document.
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    Re: Microsoft Acces Help file (2000/2002)

    Thanks for your replies, i will start with word and then see how i get along

    Many thanks

    Skips

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