I go to "Help" click on "view help" and am directed here. How do I install local help?
You need to download the help files from the web. Go under the help menu and Manage Help Settings. You can download them from there.
I prefer to just prefer to dock MSDN as a webpage on one side. A trick you can do is eliminate the sidebar. Just click the divider on the MSDN page and it toggles between three or four different states. Toggle it til the sidebar is off.