Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. July 31, 2000
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ActiveX Help
In a previous tip, we told you it's fine to use any registered ActiveX controls you find on your system in your own applications, even if you didn't pay for those controls directly. (You did pay for the controls--when you purchased the hosting application.) Unfortunately, unless you have the documentation and Help files that you get when you actually purchase the control, taking advantage of the control may not be an easy task. You'll need to know about the control's properties and methods in order to use it.

If you're lucky, the Help files may be installed. To find out, insert the control in a form and then open that control's property sheet. Select any property and press F1. If the files are there, pressing F1 should access them and, of course, you're free to use them.