You asked for it, you got it: .chm builds of library content

A frequent request from customers and partners is to create a download that contains all of the content from our technical library in compiled help format (CHM). Well, it took a while, but due to some positive changes in our authoring environment, we can now build .chm files of our content. Now live and available for your downloading and searching pleasure: Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library in Compiled Help format.

We’ll refresh monthly, and post the updates on our newly published content list, so check back and grab the hot, fresh content regularly. If you like this one, we’ll do one for Windows SharePoint Services too.

Thanks for your feedback.

Samantha Robertson, SharePoint IT UA Senior Writer

Comments (12)

  1. Hello, all. I’m a tech editor on the IT Pro team, and we were wondering if an index would be useful in such .chm files.

  2. Hi – thanks for trying it out! The error you received is a known issue with CHM downloads. To get the file to open correctly, save it locally (don’t open it directly), and then when you double-click the file to open it, be sure you clear the "Always ask before opening this file" check box. For more information, see the "Instructions" section on the download page.

    – Samantha

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just noticed that the SharePoint IT pro documentation team has released Office SharePoint Server 2007

  4. We use a proprietary authoring system developed in house.

  5. Hi – because CHM files can contain code or scripting, it is the same risk as allowing uploads of any other executable or batch file. If you are concerned about allowing CHM files to be uploaded, you can convert the file to a ZIP file before uploading, rather than unblocking all CHM files. For more info about storing different file types in SharePoint sites, see the blog post at:

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just FYI, I tried opening the file on my Vista SP1 machine, and every page in the help file has been giving me a "The address is not valid" error. It’d be a great resource, but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Any suggestions?

  7. Hi – we are publishing monthly, it should be refreshed at the end of this week.

  8. Anonymous says:


    You say you changed your authoring environment. I’m curious. What authoring environment do you folks use their at MS? Do you use a component content management system, or is documentation still produced as entire "documents," that is, in order to re-use content from one document in another you must copy & paste?

    Sharepoint is a document management application, but how do you actually compose the documents?



  9. Anonymous says:

    what are the risks associated with allowing chm files to be uploaded into a sharepoint 2007 site?

  10. Anonymous says:

    A frequent request from customers and partners is to create a download that contains all of the content

  11. AlexT says:

    When .chm files will be updated to the actual technical library content? It will not be monthly?

  12. KW says:

    What are the risks involved with allowing chm files to be uploaded into the SharePoint enviornment?