NetHelp — Doc-To-Help’s browser-based output — includes a Table of Contents, Index, and Search by default. They are one-third of the tri-pane (the topic pane and the header are the other 2/3rds).
But sometimes you may only want to display the topic, perhaps for use as context-sensitive Help, perhaps for another reason. It is easy to make that customization to NetHelp, it’s just a few clicks in the Theme Designer. Here’s how:
To Hide (and/or) Disable the TOC Pane in NetHelp
Click the Theme button to open the Theme Designer.
In the Theme Designer, click the Add New Theme button and name your theme.
Click the splitter bar in the Design area, and the splitter settings will display on the right.
Select the Collapsed check box, and the TOC pane will be hidden by default — but the end user will still be able to open the TOC pane. Choose the Disabled check box also, and the TOC pane will be collapsed permanently — the end user will not be able to open it at all.
The end result will look like this. The end user can click the splitter icon on the left to open the TOC pane.
Bonus: If you want to remove the header and the buttons, you can do that also. Simply select those areas in the Theme Designer and remove them.
Now, the buttons and the heading are no longer displayed:
Try it out and see what you think. You can make as many Themes as you like and experiment; the original themes will always remain.
Please note that this feature is available in the latest release of Doc-To-Help 2013 (Build 823). If you don’t already have it installed, you can download it here.