Inserting Shortcut Controls into Topics

A shortcut control launches a program or window in an application by passing Windows-based messages and parameters. For example, if a topic discusses a procedure that involves a specific dialog window, you can provide a link that a user can click in the topic to open the dialog in the program. Shortcut controls can make tasks easier for new users, and they can speed up complex procedures for experienced users.

Following are limitations of shortcut controls:

  • A shortcut control can be used only with Microsoft HTML Help.
  • The CHM file must be located on a local or network drive. The file cannot be accessed through HTTP.
  • The CHM file must be displayed in the Help Viewer. A shortcut control does not work in a file that is displayed in an Internet browser window.