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Spaces in HTML Help Project Paths


Spaces in HTML Help Project Paths

Like so many other applications, Microsoft’s HTML Help Workshop often chokes on project files whose paths contain spaces.

If you double-click a HTML Help Project File (HHP) in a location whose path contains spaces, the HTML Help Workshop throws an error when you click the Compile button and refuses to compile the CHM file.

Cannot open the file ""C:\Folder Name\File Name.hhp"".

You can work around this issue by removing the quotes from the path shown in the Create a compiled file dialog before you click the Compile button, but you still won’t be able to save any changes you’ve made to the HHP file.

SOLUTION: Instead of double-clicking, open the HHP file from within the Help Workshop via File > Open. This helps the Workshop to handle the paths properly and you will be able to save your changes and compile as expected.