Providing Help for Your Applications


In this chapter, I discuss the concept of providing help for your Excel applications:

♦ Why you should provide user help for your applications

♦ How to provide help by using only the components supplied with Excel

♦ How to display help files created with the HTML Help System

♦ How to associate a help file with your application

♦ Other ways to display HTML Help

Computer users have become rather spoiled over the years. In the early days of personal computers, software companies rarely provided onscreen help. And the "help" provided often proved less than helpful. Now, just about all commercial software provides help; and more often than not, the help serves as the primary documentation. Thick software manuals are an endangered species (good riddance!).

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