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The appearance and functionality of HTML Help output is controlled by the settings in three Project Configuration sections:

Configuration > Publishing Options > HTML Help

Configuration > Microsoft HTML Help > Help Windows

Configuration > HTML Page Templates

Additional WebHelp and HTML information for experts

If you are experienced in creating pages with HTML, CSS and JavaScript please refer to the Using HTML Templates chapter for information on how you can get the most out of your HTML-based output in Help+Manual.

If you are using an HTML skin you must edit your templates and settings in the skin!

Nowadays you will almost always choose an HTML skin to publish your project to WebHelp or HTML Help/CHM. A skin is a special kind of Help+Manual project without topics that only stores your HTML templates and all the settings relevant for HTML output to these two formats. When you choose a skin, the templates and settings in the skin completely replace those in your project.

Normally, a skin is pre-designed and you don't need to change anything. However, if you do want to change something, you must do all your editing in the .hmskin skin file. Editing in your Help+Manual project won't have any effect because those templates and settings are not used.

To edit a skin, make a copy of the .hmskin skin file in your project folder and then open it in Help+Manual by selecting .hmskin as the file type to open in the Open dialog. All the templates and settings are in the same places as in a normal Help+Manual project.

Exception: HTML Export Options

The HTML Export Options section is not stored in skins and needs to be edited in your project.

Click to expand/collapseSettings in the HTML Help section
Click to expand/collapseMake CHM files scale correctly on hi-res monitors
Click to expand/collapseSettings in the Help Windows section
Click to expand/collapsePublishing and testing Asian language HTML Help
Click to expand/collapseExcluding topics from search in CHM
Click to expand/collapseSettings in the HTML Page Templates section

See also:

Project Configuration - HTML Help

Output Formats - HTML Help