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Robohelp 2022 Word output

New Here ,
Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Trying to produce sensible Word output and I can't get formatting to work. I don't seem to be able to associate Word styles with RoboHelp styles. The Style Mapping panel in Output Preset > Word Document is blank despite pointing the thing at a Word doc with defined styles.

I tried setting up Styles in the template content css thinking this might do something, but no,

The document needs autonumbers with levels too, but the numbers aren't even appearing in the preview.... 

Any help would be much appreciated as I've been struggling with this for a few days now. Many thanks.

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Hi Jeff. Yes, I did that, and I just don't get that list of styles appearing. I guess that's why I just get the template's native styles...

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Sorry - can't help much more than that - I've never been a RH to Word exporter - I just knew that the process had changed.

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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No worries, Jeff. It's all fresh ground to me anyway.

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Please see these topics.

 

RH2022 Word Output (grainge.org)

 

RH2022 Word Templates (grainge.org)

 

When you map the styles you get options based on your topics, the template.css or the word template if one is defined.

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Hi Peter, thanks for coming back. I read those articles an followed them (I think) and RoboHelp just doesn't seem to be picking up the styles - see attached.

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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Please use the photo icon to insert images within the post. Seeing an image inline with the text makes it easier for anyone answering or viewing the post.

 

What shows under Paragraph?

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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I just get the body style and nothign else... Screenshot 2023-06-06 164326.png

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Jun 06, 2023 Jun 06, 2023

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That suggests there is something wrong with your DOCX or DOTX file or the path to it. If you open the Word template and go to Home > Styles and open the panel, do the styles show here.

 

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Also are you on 2022.2?

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Hi Peter. Yes, I'm on 2022.2.22 and the styles are all there on the Word file I'm pointing RoboHelp at...

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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You mentioned making changes to a content css file. Would that be in the Templates panel under a page layout? If so I don't think that is correct.

 

What is the topic stylesheet you have set up - it should be in the assets/css folder if this is a new New UI project?

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Hi. I changes the content css under the Template, but not an individual page layout (see screenshot). I didn't set up a topic stylesheet - I just ran with what was in there making fairly minimal changes to reflect Company guidelines.

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Hmm, that's weird.

 

When I first set up the Word output preset in a test project, I had a stylesheet applied to my topics (located in Contents > assets > css). The Word tab of the preset showed the styles in that css.

 

Then I created a Word Template and selected it in the output preset. Then I closed the preset and reopened it, and all the styles vanished from the Word panel, except for "body". Setting Template back to "(Default)", closing and reopening the preset restored the css styles to the Word panel.

 

It feels like a bug to me, but I don't use RH2022 in real life, so we might need to wait for Peter to come back with some more information.

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Where is the project located?

 

Try with both the project and the Word template in folders near the root of your C drive or some other local drive.

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Hi Peter. The project is on a local drive, with the Word doc close to the RoboHelp project files - one level up.

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Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Your image shows the Word template is in Users which is far from close to the root.

 

C:\YourProjectFolder and C:\WordTemplateFolder.

 

If that fails, create a new single topic project with just some of the styles you want to use. Then create a Word output using your template. Does that have the same issue?

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Sorry for the late reply, Peter. Part time and all that. I created the single topic project and it worked fine. So I returned to the main project and set up a new Word output and RoboHelp found the docx. Oddly it wasn't keen on on the template file I created originally. Thanks for your help - we're getting there.

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@Tony_G8SEY Good to know you're making progress.

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