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I don't think the topics were excluded and you will likely find a search would reveal those topics. What you did what exclude those books and topics from appearing in the TOC, not from being in the build. You have to exclude in Project Manager for that.
Because they are then excluded, they will automatically be excluded from the TOC.
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You're right (of course!). My .chm file does actually contain those topics.
So, applying a condition to a TOC entry and then excluding it in the build has this effect:
- HTML Help file (.chm): Now the topic entry will not appear in the TOC. The topic itself still exists in the .chm file, though, and you can find it by searching.
- Printed output (Word): There doesn't seem to be any effect. That topic entry still appears in the Word TOC and the topic itself still exists in the .doc (or .docx) file.
So, to exclude a topic, I have to place the condition on the topic itself, by either right-clicking the topic in Project Manager and applying the condition or by opening the topic and applying the condition. Then I have to exclude that condition in the build.
Do I have it right yet? :-)