Location of VCVS 2013 help files

I've been trying to run down why the Micro Focus product help for Visual COBOL for Visual Studio 2013 displays as raw HTML in the Windows Help Viewer 2.1 on my domain-joined Windows 7, IE 11 PC for a month now.  So far I've been told/have read that it has something to do with my account "inheriting" enablement of IE ESC from the servers on our network.  Since the **ONLY** symptom of enabled IE ESC on my PC is the display of the VCVS help content in Help Viewer as raw HTML, no pop-up dialogs about blocked sites or IE ESC warnings, I wanted to try the commonly suggested work around of adding the location of the help files to either the Local Intranet or Trusted Sites zones in IE.  But all I can find are the HTML help files for Enterprise Server.

So where are the HTML help files for the rest of VCVS put when you do a default install?

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  • Hi. The product documentation for Visual COBOL for Visual Studio will be installed into a help subfolder of the Visual COBOL installation folder. If you have installed into the default folder structure, this would be as follows:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Micro Focus\Visual COBOL\help

    Note that the product documentation isn't supplied in HTML or HTML Help format, but as a Microsoft Help Viewer format file with an associated manifest file, so in the help subfolder you should find the manifest (helpcontentsetup.msha)
    and the product documentation (MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab). Depending on the version of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio that you are using, you might have an additional documentation file, MicroFocus_COBOL_RuntimeServices.cab.

    To load the contents of MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab:

    1. Open the documentation for Visual COBOL by clicking Start > Micro Focus Visual COBOL > Documentation. The exact options on the Start menu could be different from this, depending on the version of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio that you are using.
    2. In the right-hand pane click the Manage Content tab.
    3. Check the Disk radio button.
    4. Click the "..." button next to the entry field.
    5. Navigate to the folder containing the MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab and helpcontentsetup.msha files.
    6. Select helpcontentsetup.msha and click Open.
    7. In the content list, click Add next to the Visual COBOL entry.
    8. Click the Update button in the bottom right corner of the window.
    9. Click Yes on any dialog boxes that ask for permission to continue.

    When the process has finished, the left-hand pane should include the top-level entry for the Micro Focus Visual COBOL product documentation.

    I hope this resolves your problem.

    Mike Wilkin

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  • Hi. The product documentation for Visual COBOL for Visual Studio will be installed into a help subfolder of the Visual COBOL installation folder. If you have installed into the default folder structure, this would be as follows:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Micro Focus\Visual COBOL\help

    Note that the product documentation isn't supplied in HTML or HTML Help format, but as a Microsoft Help Viewer format file with an associated manifest file, so in the help subfolder you should find the manifest (helpcontentsetup.msha)
    and the product documentation (MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab). Depending on the version of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio that you are using, you might have an additional documentation file, MicroFocus_COBOL_RuntimeServices.cab.

    To load the contents of MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab:

    1. Open the documentation for Visual COBOL by clicking Start > Micro Focus Visual COBOL > Documentation. The exact options on the Start menu could be different from this, depending on the version of Visual COBOL for Visual Studio that you are using.
    2. In the right-hand pane click the Manage Content tab.
    3. Check the Disk radio button.
    4. Click the "..." button next to the entry field.
    5. Navigate to the folder containing the MicroFocusVisualCOBOL.cab and helpcontentsetup.msha files.
    6. Select helpcontentsetup.msha and click Open.
    7. In the content list, click Add next to the Visual COBOL entry.
    8. Click the Update button in the bottom right corner of the window.
    9. Click Yes on any dialog boxes that ask for permission to continue.

    When the process has finished, the left-hand pane should include the top-level entry for the Micro Focus Visual COBOL product documentation.

    I hope this resolves your problem.

    Mike Wilkin

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