Working with Dynamics NAV Help Server

Dynamics NAV Help deploys to a Dynamics NAV Help Server, which is a website that installs on the specified server. The website includes Search and other navigation, and it provides context-sensitive Help for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client in addition to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client. Depending on your deployment architecture, you can choose to set up a dedicated Help Server that all clients connect to, or you can choose to deploy customer-specific Help Servers.

Accessing Dynamics NAV Help

When you have deployed a Dynamics NAV Help Server, users in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client can access Help by pressing F1 or choosing a Help icon.

Tip

In the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client, if you want to access context-sensitive Help for a field, for example, choose the caption of the field. This is equivalent to pressing F1 in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client.

If you want to access the Dynamics NAV Help in a browser, enter the address for the Help Server, such as http://MyServer:49000/main.aspx?lang=en&content=across-get-started.html. You can save the URL as a favorite in your browser, and you can save links to individual Help topics such as http://MyServer:49000/Main.aspx?lang=en&content=ui-across-business-areas.html.

For example, if there is a complicated task that you have to do periodically, you can find the topic that describes how to do that task, and you can save the URL to the topic to your desktop or your favorites.

The URL to a Help topic contains two query parameters as described in the following table.

Name Description Example
lang Specifies the locale.

Dynamics NAV defaults to the Help content in the non-locale-specific version if the client locale cannot be found.
da-dk
content Specifies the HTML file that contains the relevant Help content. across-get-started.html

In the standard Help, most Help topics have easily recognizable file names, such as across-get-started.html for the conceptual overview that is called Getting Started.

Versions older than Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

In the standard Help for older versions of Dynamics NAV, many file names for topics had a prefix that identifies the type of content that the topic contains. The following table describes the prefixes for file names.

Name Description
con The topic contains a conceptual overview.
B_ The topic contains reference content for a batch job.
N_ The topic contains reference content for a page.
ori The topic is an orientation topic that provides an overview of a group of topics.
R_ The topic contains reference content for a report.
ref The topic contains reference content for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment.
S_ The topic contains reference content for a system window or dialog.
T_ The topic contains reference content for a table or a field on a table.
tsk The topic is a task topic and contains procedures.
wlk The topic contains a walkthrough.

See Also

Configuring Microsoft Dynamics NAV Help Server
Upgrading Your Existing Help Content
Help Table of Contents
Finding Information in Help
Product and Architecture Overview