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    Help file viewer


    Yea I know this is a antique, but does anyone know of a viewer for help .cnt files? thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Yea I know this is a antique, but does anyone know of a viewer for help .cnt files? thanks...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=view...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Yea I know this is a antique, but does anyone know of a viewer for help .cnt files? thanks...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=view...hrome&ie=UTF-8
    I spent about an hour on google...
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    I don't think the .cnt file stands alone. It's part of a set of files constituting program help. So there should be an associated .hlp file (I think). Opening the hlp file uses the cnt file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    I don't think the .cnt file stands alone. It's part of a set of files constituting program help. So there should be an associated .hlp file (I think). Opening the hlp file uses the cnt file.
    I went through a few years ago and yes you are correct, but there was a win32hlp that would display the .cnt file and I cannot find it. As a matter of fact, the file was public from MS for Win 7, but they must have removed it. I had not run into the situation where I need it before now and I downloaded a 32 bit program that has .cnt help.
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    I went through a few years ago and yes you are correct, but there was a win32hlp that would display the .cnt file and I cannot find it. As a matter of fact, the file was public from MS for Win 7, but they must have removed it. I had not run into the situation where I need it before now and I downloaded a 32 bit program that has .cnt help.
    Not sure I'm recalling this correctly, but, yes, the win32hlp function was associated with files of type cnt. But you still need the other files to open it since the cnt file by itself has no help content. It supports the hlp file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    I went through a few years ago and yes you are correct, but there was a win32hlp that would display the .cnt file and I cannot find it. As a matter of fact, the file was public from MS for Win 7, but they must have removed it. I had not run into the situation where I need it before now and I downloaded a 32 bit program that has .cnt help.
    Not sure I'm recalling this correctly, but, yes, the win32hlp function was associated with files of type cnt. But you still need the other files to open it since the cnt file by itself has no help content. It supports the hlp file.
    .cnt was the uncompiled help content (.hlp) file. The program isn't that complicated and I can fumble my way though it - I think....
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    .cnt was the uncompiled help content (.hlp) file. The program isn't that complicated and I can fumble my way though it - I think....
    Interesting. That's not the case on my system. For example, one help file set I have has a hlp file of 90k and the corresponding cnt file is only 2k. Original help text (at least in the past) was rtf or html with hyperlinks, TOC markings, etc. But maybe there were different packaging schemes for cnt that I'm not aware of. Make a post when you figure it out.
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