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Starting a New Help Project

The first steps in starting a new Help project are to name the project file and select a folder where it will reside. Doc-To-Help 2007 provides you with an "all in one" project editor which allows you to create and edit source documents, add Help features, and build Help files for any platform.

1.   Open the Doc-To-Help program. You are presented with the Doc-To-Help start page. From here you can choose some of your most recent projects, open an existing project, convert an older Doc-To-Help project, convert a RoboHelp or HTML Help project, or create a new project.

2.   Click Create New Project. The first screen of the New Project Wizard opens.

3.   Click Browse. The New Project dialog box opens as shown below.

4.   Open the C:\Program Files\ComponentOne\DocToHelp\Tutorial\StyleGuide folder.

5.   Type StyleGuide.d2h in the File name textbox, then click Save.

6.   Click Next.

7.   Select Microsoft Word documents as the type of source documents to use in your project and click Next.

Note: You can change the type of source documents your project uses at any time by changing the DocumentType property under Project Settings.

8.   From the drop-down list, choose the template that you wish to attach to your new project. In this case, make sure that Normal 8.5" x 11" Template is selected.

9.   Click Next.

10.  From the list, choose your default Help target. Make sure that HTML Help 1.x is selected.

Note:  Though you can build any Help target for this project, this selection determines which Help target your project compiles initially.

11.  Click Next.

12.  Review your directory location and file name and click Finish. The Doc-To-Help Wizard produces a new Help project and opens the project editor. A blank "start up" and glossary document are automatically created in a WordDocuments folder within your project folder, and they are added to your project. The "start up" document has the same name as your project, StyleGuide in this case, and is automatically opened in Word.