Insert / Insert Object

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Insert / Insert Object

The Insert and Insert Object groups in the Write tab are particularly important. They contains options for inserting different kinds of hyperlinks and all the objects that you can use in Help+Manual topics in addition to text. You can also insert tables here so that you don't have to switch to the Table tab while you are working.

Insert group:



Displays the dialog for inserting hyperlinks in your topic. You can insert topic links, file links, internet/email links and links that run scripts or macros. Select text first to create



Displays the dialog for inserting a graphic in your topic.



A graphical tool for inserting tables quickly and a link to the standard Insert Table dialog.

Insert Object group



Displays the dialog for inserting a video or flash animation file in your topic.


Topic Anchor:

Displays the dialog for inserting an anchor in your topic as a target for topic links and other references. (Anchors can also be used as targets for HTML links in WebHelp.)


Text Variable:

Displays the dialog for inserting a text variable in your topic. Includes both the program's predefined variables and any variables you have defined for your project.


Conditional Text:

Displays the dialog for inserting conditional text to include or exclude text and other content from your output on the basis of conditions.



Insert expanding sections, expanding inline text and expanding images. These items "grow" when the user clicks on them in the help. Only supported in HTML-based output formats with JavaScript.


HTML Code Object:

Displays the dialog for inserting inline HTML code in your topics for adding features and functionality in HTML-based output formats. This code is ignored in all non-HTML based output formats.


Manual Page Break:

Inserts a hard page break at the cursor position. Page breaks are only used in PDF, Printed Manuals and Word DOCX. They are ignored in all other formats



Inserts a topic or an external Help+Manual XML file as a snippet which can be either  linked or pasted. Linked snippets are dynamic and update automatically when the linked file is changed. Pasted snippets are like ordinary cut and paste.



Opens the dialog for entering a comment for yourself or others working on the project. Comments can also be used as bookmarks, with which you can find and jump to places in your project quickly with Bookmark in Project > Project. Comments and bookmarks are not included in your output.


OLE Object:

Displays the standard Windows dialog for inserting OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects in your topics. OLE objects are converted to graphics in your output.


Horizontal line:

Inserts a horizontal line in the topic at the cursor position.


QR Code:

Insert a QR code. These codes can be directly interpreted by smartphone cameras. If the QR code contains a web hyperlink scanning the code will automatically open the referenced page in the smartphone's browser.


Special Character:

Displays the character map dialog for inserting special characters that are not available on the keyboard in your topic.

See also:

Using Graphics

Adding video files

Re-using content with snippets

Using OLE Objects

Using Context-Sensitive Help

Using Variables

Conditions and Customized Output