Customize the help viewer

You can customize the layout of the Help Viewer windows, as well as other options such as font size, maximum number of results, and whether to include English content.

Customizing window layout

You can customize the window layout of the Help Viewer. To restore the Help Viewer window to its default layout, open the Viewer Options dialog box, and then choose the Reset button.

Docking tabs

The Help Viewer supports standard docking functionality. By default, all tabs in the Help Viewer are docked, but you can move them, resize them, dock them in other locations, and "float" them so that they appear as independent child windows.

Opening a topic in a new tab

Choose the topic in any navigation tab, and then press Ctrl+Enter.

Minimize a navigation tab

Create more space for viewing topics by choosing the pin icon for the navigation tabs. When these tabs are minimized, only their labels appear on the closest edge of the window. To restore the tabs, choose the label of any tab, and then choose the pin icon again.

Changing settings in Viewer Options

You open the Viewer Options dialog box by choosing the Viewer Options button on the toolbar.

To perform this task: Take this step:
Change the size of the font in which text appears Choose a size in the Text Size list.
Change the maximum number of search results that appear in the Search tab Choose a value in the Maximum Search Results list.
Change the maximum number of history entries that appear in the Favorites window Choose a value in the Maximum History entries saved list.
Include or exclude English content when you view content for a non-English version of a product. Select or clear the Include English content in all navigation tabs and F1 requests check box. Caution: This feature also controls whether you can download English content in the Manage Content tab.

See also

Microsoft Help Viewer