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Resource Editor: How To Insert An Application Manifest

The application manifest provides support for changing the appearance of controls and marks the application with a requested execution level. The manifest enables Windows to provide the behavior that the application expects based on the version of Windows that the application targeted.

Add Manifest

1. Download Resource Tuner and open your file with it.

2. Click the 'Add Resource...' button to bring up the wizard.

Bring up the wizard

3. Select the Manifest resource type from the list and click OK.

Select the Manifest resource type

4. Read the Welcome message, check the sections to be included in the manifest and click Next.

check the sections to be included in the manifest

5. The wizard will verify a link to ComCtrl and necessary initialization calls exist. Having a link to ComCtrl is optimal - necessary in most cases but not all.

verify a link to ComCtrl and necessary initialization calls exist

6. Fill out the application name and description fields. The wizard generates a visual style manifest for your application using these fields. Follow the instructions and fill in the blanks accordingly:

Fill out the fields

7. Select a requested execution level. Most applications are built using the default "As Invoker" setting.

Select a requested execution level

8. Check the supported Windows platforms to be included in the manifest and click Next.

Check the supported Windows platforms to be included in the manifest

9. Review the manifest XML code and click 'Finish' to apply your entered data.

Review the manifest XML code

10. Check the Resource Tree View to verify that the newly created manifest resource is present:

Check to verify the manifest

11. Click the 'Save File' button on the toolbar to save the altered file to disk.

It is recommended to perform all file operations with copies of the originals and then only after you have moved the copies to a separate directory other than the parent or home directory of the executable.

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