Issue

How do I add programs to the "Tools" tab?

Solution

You can add shortcuts to programs and files that you frequently use by adding icons to the Tools window. This way, if you want to open a Word document or edit an image in Paint Shop Pro, you can conveniently open the program without leaving the RoboHelp HTML environment.

The quickest and easiest way to add new tools is by dragging and dropping icons from the Windows Explorer into the Tools tab. (Similar to how you drag items onto your Windows Desktop.)

To add a new icon:

  1. Open the Windows Explorer and navigate to the drive/folderwhere the program is located. (For example, if you want to add an icon for Word, open the folder that contains WINWORD.EXE.)
  2. If the Windows Explorer is maximized (occupies your entire desktop area), click Restore (upper-right corner) and size the window so it occupies about half the desktop area.
  3. Open RoboHelp HTML and click the Tools tab. (When you start the program, you're prompted to open a project, you can press ESC to bypass this dialog without opening a project.) Click Restore (upper-right corner) and size the window so RoboHelp HTML occupies half the desktop area.



    Make sure the Tools tab is visible.
  4. Position RoboHelp HTML and Windows Explorer so they are side-by-side.
  5. From Windows Explorer, select the program or file that you want to add as a tool icon, and then drag and drop it into the Tools tab in RoboHelp HTML.



    For example, to add Word as a tool, select Microsoft Word (or WINWORD.EXE, depending on what's displayed in the Windows Explorer), and drag and drop it into Tools.
  6. To modify tool properties after you add the tool icon, right-click on the tool and select Properties.



    - To change the label displayed as the tool name, edit the text in Tool Name.



    - To change the description of the tool (only visible when Tool Properties dialog is open), change the text in Short Description.



    - To change the name and/or location of the program or file, edit the path in Application or Document File (or browse to the drive/folder and select it).



    - If the tool or file does not include an online help system, enter the name of the help file to associate with the tool in Tool Help File (or browse to the drive/folder and select it).



    Tip: If the Windows Desktop displays an icon for the program you want to add, you can drag and drop it into Tools. This is a shortcut (instead of opening the Windows Explorer and finding the icon).

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  1. Open RoboHelp HTML and click the Tools tab. (When you start the program, you're prompted to open a project, you can press ESC to bypass this dialog without opening a project.) Click Restore (upper-right corner) and size the window so RoboHelp HTML occupies half the desktop area.



    Make sure the Tools tab is visible.
  2. Right-Click anywhere in the Tools menu.
  3. Select "New Tool".
  4. Type in the Tool name and provide a short description of the tool.
  5. Then select the appropriate browse folder, depending if you are creating a shortcut to an application or help file.
  6. Click OK.

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