Once you have completed a couple of topics you will want to publish your output to see what your finished product is going to look like. You can output any of the formats supported by Help+Manual at any time – you don't have to decide in advance what format you are building your project for. The only thing you may need to do before you begin is install the necessary Microsoft help compilers for HTML Help and Visual Studio Help (VS Help is only relevant for .NET program code documentation).
1.Save your project, then click on the File menu and select Publish. This displays the Publish interface:
2.Select the format you want to publish to from the Publish Format drop-down list.
3.Check the output file name and location in the Output File: field and change them if you want.
4.Make sure that the Display file when publishing is complete checkbox is selected, leave all other settings as they are.
5.Click on the Publish Now button. In a few moments you will be able to admire your finished product.
Notes on individual output formats:
MS HTML Help/CHM:
ePUB and Kindle Mobi eBooks
HTML Help compiler:
Unless you have already done so you need to download and install the free Microsoft compiler for HTML Help CHM files if you are planning on using this format. You can find the correct version of this compiler on the EC Software website, here:
Visual Studio Help compiler for .NET programmers (MS Help 2 & MS Help 3):
You only need to publish to the Visual Studio Help formats if you are a Visual Studio .NET programmer. These help formats are only used for documenting programming components added to Visual Studio .NET. The compiler for VS MS Help 2 (HXS) is also only available to programmers working with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008. VS MS Help 3 (MSHC) does not require a compiler.
For details on using this format see the chapter on Visual Studio Help in the More Advanced Procedures section.
Setting the compiler paths:
After installing the compilers go to View > Program Options > Compilers and make sure that Help+Manual knows where to find them. The HTML Help compiler executable is called hhc.exe.