Did you know… you can create your own How do I pages


In Whidbey, we have a feature called How Do I.  I’ve explained it on this other post.  And there are some channel 9 videos of Scott, the original Program Manager of the feature, explaining How Do I.

It’s extremely easy to create your own.

Step 1
Create an xml file with the following content.  Italized items are for you to customize.

<VSHelp xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/2004/08/Help/VSHelp">
<Title _locID="VSTipsAndTricks">VS Tips and Tricks</Title>
  <Location>
    <Url>http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/category/9843.aspx</Url>
  </Location>
</VSHelp>

Step 2
Save the xml file to
<My Documents>\Visual Studio 2005\VS Help Data\8.0\Pages
(note: you may have to create the VS Help Data directory structure).

Happy Visual Studio’ing!

Comments (4)

  1. Norman Diamond says:

    This looks like a "How do I" create a "How do I". How did you create it? How did you find out how to create it? Where’s your "How do I" create a "’How do I’ create a ‘How do I’", and how did you find out how to create it?

    Oops sorry, I didn’t really want to submit this, but I couldn’t find the "How do I" unclick the Submit button. Sorry.

  2. amotif says:

    > Where’s your "How do I" create a "’How do I’ create a ‘How do I’", and how did you find out how to create it?

    Stack fault; process terminated.

    🙂

  3. Serg Stone says:

    The function is great.

    But it supports ASCII and UTF8 only.

    It doesn’t support codepages (Cyryllic Windows 1251 in my case).

    I’m not sure it is a drawback. I’m only say the fact. If it’s so you have to mention it in the documentation too.

    Stone

  4. Serg Stone says:

    Ooo, I’m sorry.

    Everything is fine. encoding="windows-1251" attribute works fine.

    Stone