Create links to Desktop Help System documents using the link element in the ArcToolbox Documentation Editor

Last Published: April 25, 2020


The ArcToolbox documentation Editor allows for the inclusion of links. The Add Link button adds a link to a desktop help system document, a Web page, or any file based document.


When the ArcToolbox Documentation Editor is open and the Add Link button has been clicked enter a name and a path. The name is the text that appears in the documentation and becomes the link. The path is the full path to the Desktop Help System document that requires a connection.

  1. Enter the link text, in the Name input box, as it appears in the documentation.

    Click here for more information about CLIP.
    [O-Image] Desktop Help System Properties page
  2. Find the help document for the connection. Right-click on the page and select Properties.
    [O-Image] Desktop Help System context menu Properties option
    Copy the Address (URL) value.
    [O-Image] Desktop Help System Properties page

    Paste it into the Path input box on the ArcToolbox Documentation Editor.

    The following is an example: mk:@MSITStore:C:\ArcGIS\Help\AnalysisTools.chm::/clip_esri.htm
    [O-Image] ArcToolbox Documentation Editor link to the Desktop Help System

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  • ArcMap 9 x

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