Merged WebHelp - Home Button



What's covered?

A useful button to have on your toolbar is one that will take the user from any topic to the default topic.

This page describes how you can do that in Classic versions of RoboHelp.


If you use breadcrumbs, this icon is not really needed. If you want the Home breadcrumb to point to the Home page of the merged help rather than the home page of the child topic being viewed, see Merged WebHelp.

Target in Parent Project

  1. Double click the skin and click the Add icon

  2. In the Text tab displayed, enter a name for the icon, any text the user is to see and create a link to an image.
  3. Now click the Action tab and browse to the target topic.
  4. Click OK.

In the generated and published help, that button will now take the user to the target topic, no matter where they are in the system.

Target in a Child Project

The initial steps are exactly the same as above. The catch is that because the target is in another project, RH very kindly copies the topic into the skin folder for the parent project.

What's wrong with that?

Fortunately it is easily fixed.

  1. Before you generate and publish, delete the copy topic file from the skin folder in the parent project. That, not surprisingly, prevents the copy being included in the generated and published folders. You probably only need to do this once, when you add the button. It may be though that other changes to the skin will grab a copy again so check when you change things.
  2. Next go to the generate / publish folders and find the whskin_tbars.htm file and open it in a text editor such as Notepad.
  3. Near the end of the file you will find a line that you should recognise as being the parameters for the button. It will look something like this

    addButton("custom16997",BTN_TEXT|BTN_IMG,"Home","help_home_page.htm" etc...
  4. You just need to amend the bit shown in red to include the path to the topic in the child project using forward slashes. It will look something like the line below.

  5. Save the change and it should now all work from any topic in any project.

Provided you do not change the skin in any way AND do not select the Republish All Files check box in the wizard, I have found this file will not get overwritten in the published help. It will however get overwritten in the generated help.

If you change the skin, the file must be recreated and the amendment made again.

If you do not amend the skin but do choose to Republish All Files, then it will get overwritten. You might like to keep a copy of the edited file to replace the newly created file.


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Topic Revisions


Changes to this page

17 Jun 2019

Amended to cover applicable RoboHelp versions.

07 Feb 2017

Topic reviewed. No changes made. Any screenshots may differ in your version of RoboHelp but the functionality is the same.

14 Jun 2006

Note added re breadcrumbs.

10 Feb 2005

New topic.