Author Archives: Jeff Braaten

Create a basic help file for the Microsoft Help Viewer

In this post, I’ll show you how to create some simple content and add it to the Visual Studio local Help Library. The only tools you’ll need are a command prompt, Notepad, Windows Explorer and the Help Library Manager. This exercise takes about 5 minutes and, when you’re done, you can easily remove the content […]

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Help Viewer 1.1, Help Library Manager 1.0

“I just installed SP1 and still see Help Viewer 1.0, not 1.1. Which version do I have?” Open Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features to verify your version of Help Viewer. After successfully installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1, you will see an entry that looks like this: While it can be accessed directly from the Visual Studio […]

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View translated content alongside English in the Lightweight Library

I’d like to extend a special greeting to those of you who read the MSDN and TechNet Libraries in a non‑English language. You represent 25% of our overall site traffic – about 60 million page views per month. The Library is huge and teams across Microsoft publish new content into it regularly. In order to […]

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New local help viewer available in Visual Studio 2010 SP1

The new local help viewer I’ve been blogging about is now available with Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. MSDN subscribers may download SP1 immediately with general availability on Thursday. Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1 is a dedicated client application that lets you: Navigate the table of contents in a fully expandable tree control Look up topics […]

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Quick Links on the MSDN Library home page

While most of the MSDN Library traffic comes in from search engines, about 220,000 pageviews/month enter from a direct link to the MSDN Library home page. In the recent past the home page has looked like this: Traffic analysis showed that very few people were clicking on the links in this page. The page just […]

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Help MVPs in town for 2011 MVP Summit

Microsoft Help MVPs were in town last week for the 2011 MVP Summit.  Attending this year were: Rob Chandler (The Helpware Group) Char James-Tanny (JTF Associates) Paul Neshamkin (The Paul Neshamkin Group) Dana Worley (Campbell Scientific) Front row, from left: Paul, Rob, Char, Paul O’Rear (MSFT) and Dana Back row: Not our Help MVPs! The […]

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