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Hi, Bob, and welcome,
Yes, you can create links from one .chm file to another. The HTML syntax is as follows:
<a href="TargetHelpFile.chm::/path_to/TargetTopic.htm">Link text</a>
<a href="htmlhelp.chm::/topics/chmweb.htm">Click here for more information</a>
To ensure that you're specifying exactly the right path information to the target topic:
1) Open the target help file.
2) Display the required topic.
3) Right-click it and then, on the context menu, select Properties.
In the resulting properties dialog box, you can copy the path information out of the Address field and abbreviate it appropriately (you need the name of the target .chm file and everything that follows it).
For this type of link to work, the target help file must be in the same folder as your source help file or in the Windows Help folder, or it must be registered under the following key in the Windows registry:
I have both a training project and and online help project on our company intranet. I link the various topics both directions, merely by adding a hyperlink to the address location of the topic. This doesn't require actually typing in any syntax information - and allows for the various options of opening in the same or different window.