When you create a new project Help+Manual automatically generates a table of contents (TOC) with a small set of topics that you can use as a starting-point.
1.Select the File menu and click on New Project to display the New Project settings page:
Select Create an empty new help project.
2.Select the project save format and specify the project save location, the project filename, the project title and the language settings:
We recommend using the uncompressed HMXP format for your ongoing work. It supports multi-user authoring and version control systems and since every single topic is a separate, plain-text XML file it is less vulnerable to possible damage.
Enter a title for your help project and select your help project language and character set. If your help project is in English or any ordinary western European language leave these options set to English (United States) and ANSI_CHARSET. See International languages setup for details on settings for other languages. Then click on Next.
3.At the bottom of the New Project page you can see a small set of standard topics that you can now edit and add to. You can edit, delete and add topics if you want to. Don't worry about getting everything right now – you can change everything later very easily.
4.Click on Create on the right to create and open your new project. All the topics whose titles you entered in the previous step will automatically be created.
Your project represents a great deal of work, time and creativity and it is probably worth a lot of money. We urgently advise you to make regular backups, preferably on an external drive, and keep them in a safe place. Help+Manual is very secure and takes great care to protect your data but Windows can crash, hard drives can fail, the power can go off and viruses can strike, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
You can set Help+Manual to make automatic backups of your project file at regular intervals. Click on Program Options at the bottom of the File menu and select the option Automatically back up project every xx minutes in the General tab. This will automatically create a backup copy of your project with the extension .hmxz~~ in your project directory at the specified intervals (to make these files readable just rename them to .hmxz, removing the two tilde characters).