DynamicHelp: Embed Help Files in WinForms Apps

  • View Help files on each control in your Windows Forms apps
  • ComponentOne DynamicHelp™ for WinForms provides help on individual controls, including hyperlinks, images, tables, and more
  • This type of Help system is available in apps like Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Office
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User Interface Integration

DynamicHelp for WinForms improves the usability of your application by offering immediate and relevant Help, as it is needed, right within the application. A separate Help system doesn't need to be opened and searched.

Developers and Help Authors Can Perform Topic Mapping

Software developers can map topics to controls at design time, or Help authors can use authoring mode — a special run-time mode with a simple interface — to do the mapping themselves. No additional code needs to be added once DynamicHelp for WinForms is integrated with the application.

Quickly Activate/Deactivate Authoring Mode

The developer can specify a way for Help authors to quickly activate and deactivate the authoring mode for topic mapping. Any method can be used — like a keystroke combination, an environment variable, a .config file, or so on.

Easy Setup

Add any .NET control to your form, then drag-and-drop the DynamicHelp component to your form. An extender property is added to the .NET control allowing you to easily link to a Help topic.

Help Content Selection and Copying Support

The Help displayed in the DynamicHelp for WinForms Help window can be selected and copied to the Clipboard to be pasted into other applications.

Control How to Trigger the Help

You have complete control over how the Help topic is triggered by the end-user. Display context-sensitive Help corresponding to the control that is being hovered over, to the control that has the focus, or programmatically set up how the Help topic is triggered.