VSIP Help Filter


I suppose this isn’t really a VSIP specific thing, but I think it’s a helpful thing to point out to VSIP developers. One of the things I really like in VS .NET’s help system are the filters. I write most of my code in C#, so it’s nice to be able to pull down a C# filter and increase my “hit rate” of relevant info that helps me answer a question. When you install VSIP (and VSIP Extras for that matter), no help filter is installed for the VSIP docs. You can easily add one yourself though by following these steps:



  1. In VS .NET 2003, go to Help -> Edit Filters

  2. At the top of the page, click “New”

  3. At the bottom of the page (List of Available Attributes and their Values), expand the DocSet node and click “VSIP SDK (VsipSDK)”.

  4. At the top of the page, click “Save”

  5. Type in “VSIP” (or whatever you want your filter to display as), and click OK

  6. Close the “Edit Help Filters” page.

That’s all there is to it! Hopefully this will aid your productivity when you’re writing the world’s next great VSIP package.


Comments (3)

  1. Very cool, I’m glad to see someone else uses the "Edit Filters" page, as it was my first "public" project for VS/MSDN. I’m curious who else out there finds it useful….

    Would it be a good personalization feature on the MSDN site?

  2. Jeff Rubingh says:

    Thanks for the tip Aaron. Just a note, if you’re using help externally, you won’t see the "Edit Filters" menu item inside VS. You’ll have to launch Help, go to it and then on Help’s Help menu you’ll see the "Edit Filters" item.

  3. I was putting together a new development box today and forgot how to do this (since the VSIP installation…