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Can I hide empty folders form the output in RoboHelp 11

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Nov 03, 2016 Nov 03, 2016

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Hi, I have some folders in Project Manager that contain several topics that are not in the Table of Contents, and have been hidden from searching. The topics are therefore not included in the generated output. However an empty folder is created in the output. Is it possible to hide this folder from the output as well? Any advice would be appreciated.

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LEGEND , Nov 03, 2016 Nov 03, 2016
Odd that RoboHelp would include empty folders but I just tested this and sure enough, I saw an empty folder in my test.First, please report this as a bug using the link below. (I'm doing the same here)Click hereIt's pretty simple to just delete the folder once it's done. But I get that it would be a pain. So your only real option here is to do as Willam suggested and use Conditional Build Tags along with a Conditional Build Expression to cause the folders to also not be created in the output.Che...

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Nov 03, 2016 Nov 03, 2016

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Hiding from searching and not putting topics in the TOC, is not enough to exclude them from the output. If you don't want the topics, make sure to select the option to 'Exclude unreferenced topics from output' or use conditional build tags.

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding: in the output, do you have some completely empty folders even when using CBT?

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Hi, I have selected the 'Exclude unreferenced topics from output' option, but have not used CBTs. I do have some completely empty folders in the output. I need to leave these topics in the project as they are required for future releases, but I also need to avoid empty folders. Thanks

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Odd that RoboHelp would include empty folders but I just tested this and sure enough, I saw an empty folder in my test.

First, please report this as a bug using the link below. (I'm doing the same here)

Click here

It's pretty simple to just delete the folder once it's done. But I get that it would be a pain. So your only real option here is to do as Willam suggested and use Conditional Build Tags along with a Conditional Build Expression to cause the folders to also not be created in the output.

Cheers... Rick

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Nov 07, 2016 Nov 07, 2016

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Thanks very much, both. Using a CBT does hide the empty folder. I think this is an acceptable workaround, but it would be good if this could be fixed, as we don't currently use CBTs, and it would be preferable not to add this extra layer of complexity.

Best wishes,

Mark

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