Change the way you access help content

You can change the way that you obtain help content.


Before you begin

During the installation process, a help content access method was selected. Close the help browser before you change the way you access help content.

To change the way that you access help content:


Procedure

  1. Click Windows > Preferences. The Preferences window opens.

  2. Expand the Help entry, and then click Content. A list of the information center or centers opens. Depending on the access method that was chosen, complete one of the following procedures.

    • To change from accessing help content from an information center on an IBM Web site to accessing help content on an intranet server, follow these steps:

    1. Disable the link to the internet site by selecting the internet URL in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    2. Click Add; then name the intranet connection, specify the intranet URL for the server that contains the help content, and then click OK.

    3. Click OK to close Preferences.

    4. Click Help > Help Contents, to open your help.

    • To change from accessing help content from an information center on an IBM Web site to downloading and accessing help content locally, follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that Include help content from a remote infocenter is selected.

    2. Disable the link to the product Information Center by selecting that connection in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    3. Click Add; then enter a name for the local help connection. Specify the localhost Host IP address 127.0.0.1 and path /help. Select any unused port number, and then click OK.

    4. Save any work and close and restart the product.

    5. Follow the instructions in Downloading help content from the Local Help System Updater site to download help content.

    • To change from accessing help content locally to accessing help content from an IBM Web site, follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that Include help content from a remote infocenter is selected.

    2. Disable the link to localhost by selecting that connection in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    3. Click Add; then name the connection, specify the Internet URL for the IBM Web site that contains the help content, and then click OK. This URL might already be available in the list of connections. If it is listed, select the connection and click Enable.

    4. Click OK to close Preferences.

    5. Click Help > Help Contents, to open your help.

    • To change from accessing help content locally to accessing help content from an intranet server, follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that Include help content from a remote infocenter is selected.

    2. Disable the link to localhost by selecting that connection in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    3. Click Add; then name the connection, specify the intranet URL for the server that contains the help content, and then click OK.

    4. Click OK to close Preferences.

    5. Click Help > Help Contents, to open your help.

    • To change from accessing help content from an intranet server to downloading and accessing help content locally, follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that Include help content from a remote infocenter is selected.

    2. Disable the link to the intranet server by selecting that connection in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    3. Click Add; then enter a name for the local help connection. Specify the localhost Host address 127.0.0.1 and path /help. Enter any unused port number, and then click OK.

    4. Save any work and close and restart the product.

    5. Follow the instructions in Downloading help content from the Local Help System Updater site to download help content.

    • To change from accessing help content from an intranet server to accessing help from an IBM Web site, follow these steps:

    1. Disable the link to your intranet site by selecting the intranet URL in the Contents list, and then clicking Disable.

    2. Click Add; then name the connection, specify the URL for the IBM Web site that contains the help content, and then click OK.

    3. Click OK to close Preferences.

    4. Click Help > Help Contents, to open your help.