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Web Help: Layout Options

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

2.In the Project Options dialog, in the left sidebar, under Web Help, click Layout.

3.Change the parameters that you need.

4.Click OK.


Below is a description of the parameters in this section.



Here you can define if the navigation pane should be shown in the Web Help system, specify the navigation pane width, width of the splitter element, and the style of the navigation pane on a mobile device.


Header & Footer

Allows you to customize the Header, Footer, and Mobile Header areas in the Web Help system.


You can specify if the header (footer) area should be shown, specify the height of the area, and also customize the content of the area by defining custom HTML code, by linking to a special help topic, or by linking to an external URL.


Show header (footer) - Specifies if the header (footer) area will be shown in the Web Help system.


Height  - Specifies the height value of the header (footer) area in pixels.


Source - Allows you to customize the header (footer) area by selecting its content source as described in the table below.


HTML Content

Allows you to modify the default HTML code used for the header (footer) area according with your own needs.


You can also add a CSS stylesheet and/or JavaScript that will be used for the HTML layout in Web Help by clicking on the appropriate link. For more details on using JavaScript and CSS stylesheet files in HelpSmith, you can visit this topic.


Please note that you can use text variables in the HTML code. For example, the %#HelpTitle% variable will display the title of the help system.


To reset the HTML code to the default state, you can click the Set default content button. Also, you can use the Load and Save buttons to load or save the content to or from an HTML file.

Help topic

Allows you to use a help topic as the content of the header (footer) area.

External page

Allows you to define the URL of an external web page that will be used as the content of the header (footer) area.

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