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What is the purpose of embedded_svc.settings.displayHelpButton = false on salesforce communities?

Is there a way to create a custom help button that initiates an embedded service chat session?

I just don't understand why that would be an option on the community component if it wasn't possible to somehow trigger chat in another way.

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I know I'm kind of late with this answer, but the solution to your problem is explained here: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.snapins_web_dev.meta/snapins_web_dev/embedded_services_web_bootstrap_chat.htm

Basically, calling embedded_svc.bootstrapEmbeddedService() from your custom button's onclick event will trigger the chat window.

Setting embedded_svc.settings.displayHelpButton = false will prevent the default chat button from being displayed

Hope this helps.

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