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Referencing Help Through the HelpFile Property of an Application

The simplest way to implement Help in an application is to tell the application the name and location of a Help file. The user can then get help by pressing the F1 key.

Visual Basic lets the developer specify an HTML Help or a WinHelp file as the project's Help file either at design time or at runtime.

For most applications, it is sufficient to identify the Help file during development and to distribute the Help file with the application. Occasionally the application's Help file cannot be included at development time because the name of the file is unknown, the file doesn't exist, or because different users will have different files. In these cases, the Help file can be specified at runtime. This section describes both ways of identifying the Help file to an application.

  1. Setting Help Files at Design Time

  2. Setting Help Files at Runtime



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