File object help tab - On Premises: 6.4


The Help tab contains properties that define how each File object appears in an online Help system. The properties define things like the type of file, the file itself, its size, special options for WinHelp graphics, and even a set of special options for AVI video files.

File Object Help Tab

File source type

Type of source file in your Windows Help output. Other options may be enabled or disabled when you choose a file type, because some properties aren't applicable to some file types. The available types are:

  • Embedded Picture or OLE Object: Uses an embedded picture. When published, the embedded picture or OLE object is extracted to the format specified in the Output as field and linked to the Windows Help system.
  • Linked Picture files: Valid Windows Help picture file formats. These are bitmaps (.bmp), Windows metafiles (.wmf), device independent bitmaps (.dib), segmented hypergraphics (.shg), and multi-resolution bitmaps (.mrb).
  • Linked Video multimedia files: Windows AVI files.
  • Linked Coded RTF document: Precoded Windows Help RTF documents. These appear in the published content. Use this option to insert complex formatting.
  • Linked OLE objects: Select any valid file type. At the time of publishing, this file appears in the content as an OLE object. The OLE server must be installed for the selected file type.
  • Linked URL file: Links to images located on a web server. At the time of publishing, this file appears in the content.


Directory containing the source file. This property supports relative folders. This property is ignored if you use an embedded file.


Name of the source file. This file must be of the Source Type and it must be in the specified Directory.

When you embed a graphics file, the file name uses the object ID. You can only specify file names when you use linked graphics.

Output format

Output file format of the external file used in your Help output. "(source format)" uses the file format specified in the Source Type.

Paragraph style

Sets a relationship to the Style object defining the style applied to the paragraph in Windows Help for this file.

Note: This property is only used when the File object is placed in the contents of a book, and ignored when it is in the text of a topic. If you set it to "(auto)", the content uses the style of the last paragraph in the preceding topic.