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Chapter 36. Developing a Help File > Adding Custom Help to Your Applications

Adding Custom Help to Your Applications

After you create a compiled Help file, you need to let your application know that it is available. You also must associate different objects in your application with various Help topics in the Help file. Each form and report has a Help File property and a Help Context ID property. The Help File property must be filled in with the name of a compiled Help file. The Help context ID is the number that you defined in the map file. Each control on a form contains a Help context ID property. If you fill in this property with a context ID as specified in the map file, the Help topic that has the topic ID associated with the specified context ID appears whenever that control has focus and the user presses F1. The number 150, for example, found in the Help Context ID field of the frmClients form shown in Figure 36.27, is associated via the map file with the Help topic ID ClientForm.


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