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I don't know how X4 is for sure, but earlier versions of RoboHelp were Single Document Interfaces, so could only open one project at a time. That said, it was still possible to open a second instance of RoboHelp and open a second project, in order to copy and paste from one project to another. It never allowed you to open the same project in two separate instances of RoboHelp, however. This is because RoboHelp is constantly updating the project as you type. I assume this is still the design in X4. It seemed to be when I ran a demo version of X5.
Hopefully John will pardon my offer of an additional way to accomplish this that may be a bit easier.
Within the existing project, right click the folder where you want the files and select Import off the context menu. Then point at the folder where the other project lives and you can select the HTML files to be imported into the existing project.
I never mind additional insight. Certainly, that is an easier way to get whole topics copied. I didn't think of it that way, but the "much of what I need" phrase indicates that maybe that is what David wants...
Thanks to you both. I opened the other project in another instance of RH; now I can toggle between the 2. Don't know why I didn't think of it myself. I'm on my way!