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Cannot see Sandcastle Help File Builder | View Help File toolbar in VS2010


In VS 2010, I can see the Sandcastle Help File Builder toolbar (log file/FAQs/Help) but I can't see the Sandcastle Help File Builder | View Help File toolbar so unable to view CHM output for doc projects in VS (C# code and XML schema documentation).

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Closed Apr 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM by EWoodruff
Closing this for now as there doesn't appear to be an issue to fix. If an example can be supplied with steps to reproduce the issue, feel free to open the work item again.


EWoodruff wrote Apr 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

There's only one SHFB toolbar with three buttons. The first button is a dropdown button in which you'll find all of the relevant View Help File commands (click the down arrow part to see them all). Note that this button is only enabled if you've got a SHFB project or one of its files selected as the active project/file. The button will change based on the last used command within the session. Just drop it down and click the command you want. Exiting and restarting Visual Studio makes it go back to the default View Help File option.

The equivalent help file viewer toolbar options can also be found in the main menu bar under View | View Help File. See the Visual Studio Integration Package help topic and its subtopics for more information about the command locations and package usage.

wrote Apr 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

writestuff wrote Apr 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Thanks. Some progress with this issue but still not resolved. The View Help File command is available in the toolbar (see attached image) but not enabled even though a doc project/file is active. Project builds OK (CHM output viewable upon build) but still cannot be viewed via toolbar command.

EWoodruff wrote Apr 19, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Does the button become enabled if you click a SHFB project or one of its files in the Solution Explorer? If so, you may have the "Track active item in Solution Explorer" unchecked. You'll find in in Tools | Options | Projects and Solutions | General. Other than that, I can't think of any other reason the button would stay disabled.

writestuff wrote Apr 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Hi Eric. Thanks for your response. The toolbar functionality works OK for a new documentation project created in VS and adding content files within VS. The doc projects that are causing the problem were created new in VS but the content files were addd from existing projects. No fix, don't know why this should make any difference but a bit further forward as new projects work OK (viewable help file). Any further thoughts appreciated but OK to consider this issue closed.

EWoodruff wrote Apr 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I'm not sure why adding existing content would make a difference. If you've got an example that demonstrates the problem I could take a look at it.

writestuff wrote Apr 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I'm unable to provide an example. However, I've determined that the problem is only apparent when documenting source code. OK for XML Schema Plug-in projects (View Help File command enabled). So currently comparing the project settings.

wrote Apr 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

wrote May 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM