I downloaded the Autocad Mechanical 2013 help file and installed - all by default. Autocad mechanical cannot find the help file now. I have the seetings in the options pointing to the correct path (see first 2 attachements). Am i missing something? There is also a message that pops up when I start Autocad Mech 2013 - Failed to execute Exchange Host Application. (see attachement 3) Does this pertain to my help file issues? The help command does nothing - no file path errors, just nothing. I can still access it via a shortcut on my desktop (as a workaround) but it should start by clicking help in Autocad.
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Dont understand by "go there"? You are pointing to the web based help file - I was trying to point to the local.
I have already downloaded & installed the local help files. Cant seem to make Autocad see it though.
From your screenshot for the directory to help in OPTIONS, you have only downloaded a link to the HTML page for online help. That is the way default AutoCAD HELP works. It is not really on your machine. Check the file out through Windows Explorer, it is only 2KB. You need to download the "offline" file to have it actually reside on your machine. If AutoCAD can't "find" HELP you may not have connectivity to the internet or your internet security is blocking it from responding. If that is the case you willl need to add AutoDesk as a safe site to your list of secure sites.
Ok, got that, so which file do I point to for help to work?
You should either download the "offline" HELP file from the link I sent. There is a target on that page for downloading "offline" help.
Or, figure out why your system is not allowing AutoDESK to respond to your request to get HELP from the html target. My OPTIONS file HELP file is pointed to the same place as yours and everything works fine here.
I would seriously try for the second option since there is something going on which shouldn't be happening but it is not inside of AutoCAD.
Thanks for the help Steve. I may try re-installing the help to see if that works, if not, I will check to see if its getting blocked.
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