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New Here ,
May 15, 2015

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Hi! I am using RoboHelp 10 and generating WebHelp. I am using traditional/no skin, and I am including toolbar buttons for a TOC and Search. My understanding is that the help should display the Contents in the left pane when you open it (I don't have the option to reorder the buttons with no skin), but it is opening to the Search in the left pane instead. I have had my client clear his browser cache, but the file still opens to the Search (see pic below). Any ideas?

I apologize...I know that this question has been posted before, but I could not find it. Hoping that someone who wants some points (or just wants to help out!) will respond. Thanks so much!

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Help file opening to Search rather than Contents in left pane

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Hi! I am using RoboHelp 10 and generating WebHelp. I am using traditional/no skin, and I am including toolbar buttons for a TOC and Search. My understanding is that the help should display the Contents in the left pane when you open it (I don't have the option to reorder the buttons with no skin), but it is opening to the Search in the left pane instead. I have had my client clear his browser cache, but the file still opens to the Search (see pic below). Any ideas?

I apologize...I know that this question has been posted before, but I could not find it. Hoping that someone who wants some points (or just wants to help out!) will respond. Thanks so much!

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LEGEND ,
May 15, 2015

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Hi there

From RoboHelp, look at the properties for your Single Source Layout recipe. Once the properties are open, click the Navigation section on the left and look at the options on the right. They likely resemble the image below:

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If so, click to select the TOC, then click the Set As Default button. Generate again and you should be set!

Cheers... Rick

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May 15, 2015

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‌Thank you for responding! unfortunately I don't get those buttons, but my understanding is that the default should be the contents, then...

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LEGEND ,
May 15, 2015

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My bad, I failed to notice you said you were not using a skin.

Can you share a screen capture of what your dialog looks like?

Cheers... Rick

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May 15, 2015

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Thanks! Here is the settings, navigation dialog...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2015

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I have generated with several settings and cannot recreate the problem, the output always opens to the TOC.

Is this only happening at one client's site and is it happening on all machines or just one? Explore along those lines.


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New Here ,
May 20, 2015

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Peter, thanks so much for your response! I generated the help file again, and it worked for my client.

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New Here ,
May 21, 2015

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Well, now there is an issue with the search not displaying right. Here's how it looks:

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Any ideas? Thanks again for your help!

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2015

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Hi there

Remember that dialog you shared earlier in the thread? Try changing that option labeled "Preferred Format". The dialog shows "Pure HTML". Switch to the DHTML > Pure HTML setting and you should be fixed.

Cheers... Rick

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New Here ,
May 21, 2015

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Thanks! But...I generated in DHTML because I have some elements in some topics that require DHTML. I think collapsible screen shots? Maybe other things? Anyway, can I have it both ways? Why does the Search not work for DHTML?

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2015

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Hello again

I'm not sure I understand your rationale here. Perhaps an explanation will help.

That option I pointed out simply governs how RoboHelp deals with the items showing in the Navigation pane of the WebHelp. With the DHTML > Pure HTML option, JavaScript code sniffs the browsing environment and tries to determine if DHTML is possible. And if it is, you end up seeing the field where you type. But if not, it presents the next best alternative. The letters you click.

Really, the only reason one would want to choose the "Pure HTML" option would be if they were in a closed environment where things were locked down so tight that DHTML was impossible.

This option has no bearing whatsoever on DHTML drop-downs used in topic content.

Cheers... Rick

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New Here ,
May 21, 2015

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So...apparently when I generated last I had changed to Pure HTML, and the Search still does not work. Any other ideas why? I really appreciate your help!

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May 26, 2015

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Hi! I thought I'd share a screen print of my Search options, in case I have any odd selections. If you have any additional input or feedback, I'd really appreciate it! My client is chomping at the bit to get the help distributed.

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LEGEND ,
May 26, 2015

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Hi there

I know several years back in another lifetime, I found myself having to reinstall something called the "XML Parser". And I believe I recently saw a thread here in the forums where this was also the fix for a broken search.

So perhaps head over to How to install Microsoft XML Parser and Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) and follow the steps there. Then re-generate your help and see if search begins working again.

Cheers... Rick

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May 26, 2015

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Rick, thank you for staying with me on this. I have Windows 8, and it looks like this is for much older versions of Windows(?)

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