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Creating Microsoft Word Documents

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HelpSmith allows you to compile your help project as a Microsoft Word document. An MS Word document created with HelpSmith can have clickable hyperlinks, a Table of Contents, Index, document's header and footer area, and page numbers that can be updated directly in MS Word.


Compile a Microsoft Word Document

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

2.At the dialog box, select Word Document 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 the build tags that were selected for this output help 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 Word Document.


Word Document Output Directory

By default, HelpSmith puts the Word document file in the same directory as the help project (.HSM) file. If the project has never been saved, HelpSmith will put the document file into the HelpSmith's folder in the Windows "My Documents" directory.


You can define an alternative directory for the Word document, to do so:

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

2.At the Project Options dialog box, in the left sidebar, under Printed Manual, click Word Export.

3.In the Output Directory box, define the directory where you want HelpSmith to put the Word document file.

4.Click OK.


Updating Page Numbers in a Word Document

When you create an MS Word document, the page numbers in the references in the Table of Contents, Index, or in other document places may not match the actual numbers of the corresponding pages. This may also happen after editing the generated document in MS Word directly.


However, in MS Word you can always update the page numbers to their actual values:

1.Press Ctrl+A to select all the text in the document.

2.Press F9 to update the field values including page numbers.


Distributing a Word Document

The output Word file (.DOC) is the only file that you need in order to distribute the compiled document.


Customizing a Word Document

A Word document is created using the Printed Manual settings for page size, page orientation, and document elements. Also you can specify some Word-specific options.


The following topics describe different categories of the Word format-related options:

General Options

Front Page Options

Contents Options

Index Options

Word Document Options

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