Resource Editor

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Fast and Compact Resource Viewer

Stable and Trustworthy Resource Editor

Advanced Features

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to edit an EXE file's resources?

Editing an EXE file's resources allows you to change the look and feel of a program without needing to alter its underlying code. This means you can update things like icons, menus, images, and text to better suit your needs or preferences, such as translating the interface into a different language or adding your company's branding. Other options include:

  • Extracting resources for use in other projects;
  • Fixing or updating product details in the version information;
  • Modifying dialog boxes and message prompts to improve usability;
  • Changing default images and sounds to personalize the user experience;
  • Removing unnecessary resources to reduce file size;
  • Enhancing security by updating outdated resource files;
  • Localizing the software for different regions or languages;
  • Debugging and testing changes before full-scale deployment.

These additional functionalities make a resource editor an invaluable tool for both developers and end-users looking to customize software to their specific requirements.

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Is this a developer tool, or something a general computer user would use?

Both ways. Anyone can play with the file's resources and learn a lot from it. Training for the initial use is almost not required at all. No programming skills required.

What is the difference between the trial version and the full version?

Your evaluation copy of Resource Tuner is a full-featured release. This means that the same capabilities available in the registered software are present in the non-registered software. This allows you to try out all the features in Resource Tuner to confirm that they work to your satisfaction.

Why can't I find anything but version and icon resources in the EXE I'm looking at?

The only case when you can't see dialogs, menus, bitmaps, and other resources in the Resource Editor is when the file was compiled with Visual Basic or .Net. There's nothing we can do about it, Visual Basic does not use standard resources technology at all (except for few icons).

Programs written in Visual Basic do not commonly have menu, dialog, or string resources, but store this information in the closed data format. The only resource entries available for traditional editing in a VB sourced executable are icons and the version information.

So to better take advantage of the tremendous possibilities of Resource Tuner, avoid the VB applications ;) Proceed with the notepad.exe for a start.

What about a command-line version?

We offer Resource Tuner Console, a script driven command-line version of the resource editor. This command-line tool for editing resources in Windows 32-bit and 64-bit EXE and DLL files combines a robust resource editor with intelligent script capabilities and full Unicode support.

Resource Tuner Console (RTC) allows you to perform various resource-related operations using scripts, making it suitable for automating tasks.

Don’t like writing scripts? We have that covered. After installing Resource Tuner Console, you can access a diverse set of sample scripts that showcase its basic functionality. All sample scripts are pre-configured, and you can run them without any additional setup.

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For more information, please visit the Resource Tuner product page on the website.