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Chapter 36. Developing a Help File > Planning the Help File

Planning the Help File

Before you worry about how to build a Help file, you should plan what it will look like. What you provide in a Help file is determined by the type of users who will be working with your application. If your application will be distributed to a wide range of users (including those new to Windows), for example, your Help file should include the most basic information. On the other hand, if your application is directed toward power users who are extremely adept at Windows and maybe even Access, your Help file should focus on assisting users with the more complex aspects of your application. In general, your Help file should contain the following:

  • An introduction to your application

  • A description of each form and report that comprises your application

  • Instructions on how to use the various controls on your forms

  • A description of each toolbar and each tool contained on the toolbar

  • Instructions for carrying out tasks such as adding a client, deleting a client, or adding projects related to a client


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