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  Seeing Only VC Documentation In MSVC's Help
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By default, a full install of MSDN will include VisualBasic, Java and other documentation in the help system. This makes it harder for C++ programmers to search the documentation because they find many matching terms that are for languages/APIs other than C++.

DevStudio includes options for customizing the help facility to show only a subset. You can reach these by using Help -> Contents from the main DevStudio menu bar to bring up the MSDN window, then View -> Define Subset to bring up the subset editor. In this window you can selectively add and remove help topics. The two list controls in this dialog are really trees-- double click to expand the heirarchy. I include Visual C++ Documentation, Platform SDK, SDK Documentation, and Knowledge Base when doing Visual C++ development. Don't forget to name and save your new subset. In the MSDN search window, you can now set the Active Subset (right above the search box) to your new subset and see only documentation you want.

Morgan McGuire

The zip file viewer built into the Developer Toolbox made use of the zlib library, as well as the zlibdll source additions.

 

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