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Windows 95 Help File Problem

By richard.soper ·
My Windows 95 Help File "Find" aborts with "Unable to display find tab (177)".

If I rebuild the "Find" word list, but "Include untitled topics...", the error still occurs.

If I rebuild the "Find" word list, but only include titled topics, the problem goes away.

Any ideas of how I can fix this?

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by steveh In reply to Windows 95 Help File Prob ...

The cause of this error depends on when it occurs. If it occurs immediately upon
clicking the Find tab, the problem may be an old or corrupted .gid file.
Normally, when help is started for the first time, it builds the Full Text
Search database (.fts) and the index file (.gid). However, if a .gid file
already exists in the current directory, help may become confused and display
the error message when the Find tab is clicked.
If the error message occurs immediately after the word list hasbeen built, the
problem is most likely due to help attempting to index a help file that contains
no keywords. This can happen if a helpfile is referenced by way of an Index
command in a contents file (.cnt) and that helpfile has no K footnotes.
RESOLUTION

If the problem is due to a damaged or corrupted .gid file, delete the existing
.gid and .fts files and re-launch the help file. Note that the .gid file is a
hidden file that resides in the same directory as the help file.

If the problem is due to

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by steveh In reply to Windows 95 Help File Prob ...

Here's the rest of my answer, sorry.

If the problem is due to indexing a help file that contains no keywords, either remove the help file from the index entirely or use the Link command in the contents (.cnt) file to reference the help file. If you are unsure whether or not a help file has keywords in it, you can either search
the .rtf files for K footnotes, or you can use the reporting mechanism in Help Workshop. To do the latter, click Report on the File menu, specify the help file to search, specify a file to output the results to, and choose K keywords for Display options. This gives you a list of all of the keywords in the specified helpfile.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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