Customizing the Cover of a Manual in Doc-To-Help

Customizing the Cover of a Manual in Doc-To-Help

Article ID: 2046
Applies To: Doc-To-Help
Author: Nicky Bleiel
Published On: 6/17/2009

Overview

Doc-To-Help provides a default look for the cover page of a manual – but it is easy to customize it to include your logo and other information. You do this by editing the Target template.

Straight out of the box, the “default” cover looks like this:

The text of the Title (Standard Template), Supertitle (Doc-To-Help), and “By” line (by ComponentOne LLC) are set using the Help Targets dialog box. Open this dialog box by clicking the dialog box launcher on the Home tab, Target ribbon group.

The Styles for each of them are customized in the Target Template. You can also remove the placeholder box and replace it with your company logo. Make sure to include the logo file in the Media folder of your Doc-To-Help project.

To get started, open the Target template.

To open a Target template

  1. Open the Home tab in Doc-To-Help.
  2. From the Target Design ribbon group, click the Target Template drop-down arrow.
  3. Choose Edit Template. The selected template will open in Microsoft® Word.

Then, make your edits. You will most likely want to change the following, but you can do more if you would like:

To edit a Template

  1. After the template is open, the process will vary depending upon your version of Microsoft Word.
    • In Word 2007: Click the Home ribbon > Styles ribbon group dialog box launcher. The Styles window will open.
    • In Word 2003 and earlier: From the Format menu, choose Styles and Formatting. The Styles and Formatting window will open.
  2. Click the style you would like to edit from the list and choose the drop-down next to it. Choose Modify. The Modify Style dialog box will open.
  3. Make the changes desired by selecting the Format drop-down. When you are done, choose New Documents Based on this Document radio button (Word 2007) or Add to Template check box (Word 2003) in the Modify Style dialog box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Save the file as a Word Template. Give it a name that is meaningful to your project. Word 2003 users should save the template as a .dot (Document Template) file. Word 2007 users should save the template as a .dotm (Word Macro-Enabled Template).

To add the new Target template to your project, open the Target Template drop-down and choose Add Template. Add the template to your project and verify that it is the selected Target Template (it will have a checkmark next to it).

Hit the Rebuild button. The changes will now be in your Manual Target.