Seeing Only VC Documentation In MSVC's Help|
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.
The zip file viewer built into the Developer Toolbox made use
of the zlib library, as well as the zlibdll source additions.