Create, save, and open topics
Create a topic
In the Project Manager pod, open the XHTML Files
To store the topic in a specific custom folder, select the
Do either of the following:
Specify a topic title.
Select a UDV from the Variables list to insert in the topic
title and click Insert. Click OK. For example, instead of embedding
a product name in the title, use a UDV for the product name. UDVs
help you manage changes and ensure consistency.
If required, modify the filename that RoboHelp creates from
the topic title.
For best results, use underscores instead
of spaces in filenames, and follow the HTML file naming protocol.
Avoid using these characters in filenames: \ / : * ? < > |
# ", $, &, [ ]
(Apply these same conventions to folder
(Optional) Select a master page.
Specify a language for the new topic.
If you do
not specify a language for the topic you are creating, RoboHelp uses
the language setting for the project. RoboHelp uses the language
setting for a topic for the spelling checker, the thesaurus, smart
indexing, and full-text search indexing. The output UI is controlled
by the project language setting. For more information about language
support, see Authoring content in multiple languages
Add keywords to help users find the contents of this topic.
To separate the keywords, you can use commonly used characters,
such as comma, semicolon, and space. Space works in most languages.
keywords you specify are added to the index. For more information,
see Topic keywords
Select Exclude This Topic From Search only if you do not
want to display this topic in the search results.
From Search is not available for Microsoft HTML Help (CHM) search.
To open a topic in a third-party editor, right-click
the topic in the Project Manager or the Topic List and select Edit
With. The topic opens in the editor you specified (the Editor box
still displays the editor set for the project).
Enable or disable Save
If you deselect Save Without Prompt, you are prompted to
Select Tools > Options.
Click the General tab.
Under Options, select or deselect Save Without Prompt.
Rename topic files
Note: Avoid using Windows Explorer or your version
control application to rename files. The Project Manager cannot
update file references.
Do either of the following:
In the Project
Manager pod, expand the appropriate folder. Select View > By File
Name. Right-click the file, and select Rename.
In the Topic List pod, right-click the file. Select Properties.
Type the new name.
For best results, use underscores
instead of spaces, and follow the HTML filenaming protocol. Avoid
using these characters in filenames: \ / : * ? < > | # ", $,
&, [ ]
If the filename has multiple words, use underscores
instead of spaces.
You can open topics in Design Editor or another editor
while still using RoboHelp to add online Help features.
In the Project Manager or Topic List pod, do one of the
To open the topic in Design Editor (or
a third-party editor you’ve set as the default editor), double-click
To open the topic in an editor, right-click the topic and
select Edit With > [editor].
are prompted whether to continue with possible HTML code changes,
click Yes. However, to avoid code changes from one editor to the next,
edit topics in the same editor and click No.
Support for multiple document interfaces
You can open multiple topics in Design Editor. You can edit topics
simultaneously, compare topics, and copy content from one topic
Each open topic has a corresponding tab in the Design Editor
pod. Click a tab to make its topic window active. Click the scroll
arrows to scroll through tabs and reveal hidden tabs. Drag the tabs
to position topic windows horizontally or vertically within Design