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F1 Help not rendering - showing HTML

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  • I don't know why this is helping.  VS2015 IDE, context-sensitive help, for example, put cursor on a function SysAllocString and hit F1. The Help Viewer begins to appear, finds the help, but I can only see the HTML code.  It's not rendering for some reason. I searched all options, right-clicked everything, title bar, all corners, items, etc, looking for some "View Mode" thing.  Na da.  See image:



    Hector Santos, CTO Santronics Software, Inc. http://www.santronics.com



    Monday, May 20, 2019 9:20 PM

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  • Thank you. The suggested link answer, in step #3, what policy value do you think it was referring to?  I am showing a bunch of items.  I wonder if I turned or disabled something.  I don't recall if I ever "install the help" or disable something or didn't download, whatever,  don't recall,  because of my dissatisfaction towards MS increasing telemetry of private development over the years.  with no natural way to to completely opt out. Maybe I should talk to Jim Harrer or Scott Hunter about this, anyway.   I know I have the IDE completed blocked from its external communications.  Do you think that may an impact here?  

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    Thank you for your reply.

    This specific registry settings did not help, but I read the postings you refered. Than I found the advice about the MIME sniffing, I searched again and my solution is:

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (Start -> Run -> "gpedit.msc").
    2. Under "Local Computer Policy", drill down to the following entry: Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / Internet Control Panel / Security Page / Internet Zone (important not Local Machine Zone!!)

    3. Changing the value to enabled.


    Hector Santos, CTO Santronics Software, Inc. http://www.santronics.com

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:51 AM
  • Hi,

    Since this forum discuss about Application Compatibility for Windows Desktop Development,

    And this thread is about Visual Studio. I will move it to right forum to get better support.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Best regards,

    Drake


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    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:16 AM
  • Hi friend,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum and sorry for this inconvenience.

    Does this issue happens to other functions? If all functions meet this same issue, please go to Control Panel-Programs and Features, right click the VS 2015 and Change-Repair to repair it.

    We can also open Help Viewer and go to Manage Content, remove the Visual Studio 2015: Visual C++ and re-install to have a try.

    Best regards,

    Sara


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    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:05 AM
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  • The Mime Sniffing option can be controlled through the properties of the IE control panel or through gpedit.

    For the IE control panel see -

    and the the gpedit settings are at -

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:28 AM
  • Thanks. I turned it on via gpedit.   Didn't seem do it.  Lets see what happens the next time, I need to restart the machine (working from remote).



    Hector Santos, CTO Santronics Software, Inc. http://www.santronics.com

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:23 AM
  • Thank you Sara.   Its the entire help.  I used SysAllocStringLen() as an example.   I may try your suggestion as last resort.  Change-Repair tends to take a very long time, all day, last time it did to update. 

    Hector Santos, CTO Santronics Software, Inc. http://www.santronics.com

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:25 AM
  • Hi friend,

    Thanks you for your detail information.

    If you have any updates, please feel free to let us know. Usually, the repair action should not take so long time :)

    Best regards,

    Sara


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    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:44 AM
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