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Creating a Printed Manual

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HelpSmith allows you to compile your help project as a Printed Manual document with a Title Page, Table of Contents, and Alphabetical Index. A Printed Manual can be printed directly from the Print Preview window or saved to a file that can be opened in MS Word, Adobe Reader or other applications.

 

Compile a Printed Manual

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click Compile.

2.At the dialog box, select Printed Manual as the output help format.

3.Select build tags and other options that you want to use for this compilation.

4.Click OK.

 

Note: You can also access the compilation dialog box by pressing F9.

 

Quick Compilation with the Previous Options

You can skip the Compilation Options dialog box and apply the previously used options including build tags that were selected for this output format. To do so:

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click the arrow in the bottom of the Compile button.

2.Under Quick Compilation, click Printed Manual.

 

Print a Printed Manual

After you have compiled a Printed Manual, you can print it directly from the Print Preview window.

1.At the Print Preview window, click Print.

2.At the Print dialog box, in the Name box, select a printer.

3.Set other print options such as the Print Range, Number of Copies, etc.

4.Click OK.

 

Save a Printed Manual to a File

After you have compiled a Printed Manual, you can save it to a file that can be opened in MS Word, Adobe Reader, or other applications.

1.At the Print Preview window, click Save.

2.At the Save As dialog box, open the destination folder where you want to save the document.

3.In the Save as type box, select the document format you want.

4.In the File name box, enter a name of the document file.

5.Click Save.

 

Customize a Printed Manual

You can customize page size, page orientation, appearance, and other settings of the printed manual document. Also you can define whether the Title page, Table of Contents page, or Index page should be generated automatically or use the content from a help topic.

The following topics describe different categories of the Printed Manual-related options:

General Options

Front Page Options

Contents Options

Index Options

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