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February 15, 2006

HTMLHelp Tab Tops

Filed under: HTMLHelp — AndyR @ 1:11 pm

TabTopOld.gifI recently came across this account of why the tabs on HTMLHelp files are sometimes displayed with the old style tab tops.

TabTopNew.gifThe bottom line is as long as the host application has registered a manifest, the help will appear themed. If it doesn’t (like the hh.exe viewer) then it appears with the old tabs tops.
You can fix this by creating a manifest file in the same folder as the .exe with the name [Executable Name].manifest. For example “HH.EXE.manifest”. Then add the following content:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ standalone=”yes”?>
<assembly xmlns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1″ manifestVersion=”1.0″>
<assemblyIdentity name=”MyHH.exe.Manifestfix” processorArchitecture=”x86″ version=”″ type=”win32″/>
        <assemblyIdentity type=”win32″ name=”Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls” version=”″ processorArchitecture=”x86″ publicKeyToken=”6595b64144ccf1df” language=”*”/>

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