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A HelpSmith project file (.HSM) contains help topics, help index, topic templatesproject options, and other data needed to compile the final version of the documentation in a specific output help format such HTML Help, Web Help, Printed Manual, Adobe PDF document, or MS Word document.


Create a New Help Project

On the File tab, click New.


Save a Help Project

1.Click the File tab.

2.Click Save As.

3.At the dialog box, select the destination folder for your help project file and enter a name of your project file in the File name box.

4.Click Save.


Note: To save changes that have been made to the currently open help project, click Save on the File tab or press Ctrl+S.


Open a Help Project

1.Click the File tab, and then click Open.

2.In the left pane of the Open dialog box, click the drive or folder that contains the help project.

3.In the main area of the Open dialog box, open the folder that contains the help project that you want.

4.Click the help project and then click Open.


Note: You can also find your help project in the list of recently opened files. To access it, on the File tab, click Recent.


Import Existing Help Files and Documents

If you have existing help files or documents created with other applications, you can import them into HelpSmith.


HelpSmith allows you to import Microsoft Word documents, RTF documents, HTML files, text files, compiled HTML Help files (CHM), and Microsoft HTML Help Workshop projects (HHP).


To use the Import feature:

1.On the File tab, click Import.

2.Click the appropriate button to import a file or an entire folder containing files of the supported types.


You can visit this topic for more details on using the Import feature.


About Images and Video Files

Note that images and video files are not stored in the project file (.HSM) directly. HelpSmith automatically saves all the media files to a sub-folder located in the same directory as the help project (.HSM) file. For more details on using pictures and video files in your help project, please visit this topic.

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