View Help files 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.
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.
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.
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 authoring mode for topic mapping. Any method can be used — like a keystroke combination, an environment variable, a .config file, or so on.
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.
- Input Controls
- Button, Modal Button, SplitButton
- Database Navigator
- DropDowns, ComboBoxes, & MultiSelect
- Label and PictureBox
- TextBox & Masked Input