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Resource Editor: How to Edit Text Strings in EXE Files

Strings stored in Stringtables and Messagetables are primarily used as text in message boxes, list boxes, combo boxes, tooltips, and statusbars. Stingtable strings can also contain control characters and placeholders (e.g., %d, %s).

Stringtable resources specify a group of one or more null-terminated strings each limited to a maximum of 4,097 characters. Each string comprises an entry in a given stringtable and corresponds with a unique ID that identifies it.

String IDs cannot be edited. These values are hard coded into the target file. Changing them is likely to cause the modified program to crash.

Editing Strings with Resource Tuner

1. Expand the String Table (or Message Table) folder that's found in the Resource Tree view, and select the stringtable resource to be edited.

2. Select the string entry from the table and make any desired changes. You can also copy (Ctrl+C) or paste text from clipboard (Ctrl+V). A missing string or improperly altered placeholder string ('%s') can cause a modified program to crash at run time. So be careful.

Edit a stringtable

3. Select 'File' 'Save File' to save the changes you have made to the target file.


If you need to update existing string resources, delete, or add new ones for several hundred files, you are more than likely going to want some way to implement this with a batch file. Whenever large numbers of files have to be processed or to be accessible through scripting / batching, you need Resource Tuner Console.


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