Category Archives: Microsoft Help Viewer

Introducing Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0

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Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 is now available as part of Visual Studio 2012. With this release of the Help Viewer, our goal was to deliver a fast, simple and highly productive reference experience while making it easier to discover and manage local help content. If you are a current/former Document Explorer user, you’ll find that […]

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New Features in Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Beta

UPDATE: This post describes features introduced in Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Beta.  Introducing Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 provides an overview of the final, released product. Visual Studio 11 Beta is out and, with it, the release of Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Beta. Get started by downloading the bits at: Download Visual Studio 11 Beta (general […]

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Announcing Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Developer Preview

UPDATE: This post describes features introduced in the Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Developer Preview. Additional features were delivered in Help Viewer 2.0 Beta and in Help Viewer 2.0 RTM. The Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Developer Preview is now available as part of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. Get the bits at: Download Visual Studio 11 […]

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View XHTML source for local VS Help topics

So you’ve decided to create some local content and you want to use the Visual Studio branding package to simplify your life. It would be helpful to look at Visual Studio source content so you can learn by example. What’s the easiest way to examine Visual Studio local Help topics in raw XHTML? Let me […]

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Add links and code examples to Help topics you create

In my last post, I explained how to add a simple, text-only topic to your local Help Library. I also described how metadata connects content into the help system. Now let’s look at what we can do to make our topic a little more interesting. (Skip ahead to the hands-on tutorial if you’re not interested […]

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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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