A list of controls that can be used on a installer dialog.
- Static Text
- Edit Box
- Push Button
- Image Button
- Command Link Button
- Check Box
- Image Check Box
- Radio Button Group
- Radio Button
- Group Box
- Path Edit
- Masked Edit
- Scrollable Edit Box
- Horizontal Line
- Vertical Line
- Combo Box
- List Box
- List View
- Check List
- Directory List
- Volume Cost List
- Directory Combo
- Volume Select Combo
- Selection Tree
- Quick Selection Tree
- Prerequisite Selector
- Styled Progress
- Billboard Host
- HTML Host
- Tab Host
Regular edit field for string or integer. If you use the Password flag you will create an edit control for entering passwords. If the "Default Value" field is empty, the default edit control's value will be set to the value of the property defined in the "Property Name" field.
A two-state check box. The check box is used to establish one of two possible states (checked and unchecked). The check box's property will be empty until the check box is checked (the property's value is set to the value specified in the "Value" field). If you specify a value in the "Default Value" field then the check box will be checked by default.
For a check box control you can set the "Push Like" flag which will transform it into a button with two states: pressed and unpressed.
Displays a check box that uses images to display its state.
The control displays a rectangle, possibly with caption text, that serves to group other controls together on the dialog box.
This control displays an edit field that enables a user to select the end section of a path. It supports entering the selected folder name or the entire path in the edit field. A user can also enter a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to a drive that has no drive letter. If the user enters an invalid end segment for the present volume, Path Edit control can not transfer the focus to the next control.
An edit field with a mask in the text field. The masked edit can receive only a digit where "#" is used and a digit or a character where "?" is used. In the "Text" field from the “Properties” pane, you can set your own custom format for the data entered in the masked edit box.
Displays a RTF text. A common use for this control is displaying the license agreement.
The control displays a static .JPEG, .JPG or .BMP picture file.
By enabling the Enhanced User Interface you can also display animated .GIF or transparent .PNG files. You can read more about it in the Enhanced User Interface article.
Displays a vertical line.
The control displays a drop-down list of predefined values and an edit field into which the user can enter a value. In order to set the combo box's values, you can double-click it or from the context menu select Control Data Dialog and add your values. The final value of the combo box (the one that is showed in the combo's edit field) will be stored in the property specified in the "Property Name" field from the “Properties” pane.
The control is a regular list box that enables the user to make a single selection from a list of predetermined values. These values can be set by double-clicking the control or by selecting from the context menu the Control Data Dialog and adding them. The final value of the list box will be stored in the property specified in the "Property Name" field from the “Properties” pane.
The "Sort By Index" flag allows you to sort the values in the list box by their index or alphabetically.
The control that displays a single column of values with an icon next to each item. It enables the user to select a single string or integer value for a property from a predetermined list. These values can be set by double-clicking by double-clicking the control or by selecting from the context menu the Control Data Dialog and adding them. The final value of the list view will be stored in the property specified in the "Property Name" field from “Properties” pane.
The control is a regular list box with check-boxes, that enables the user to make a multiple selection from a list of predetermined values. These values can be set by double-clicking by double-clicking the control or by selecting from the context menu the Control Data Dialog and adding them. When multiple items are selected, their comma separated values will be stored in the property specified in the "Property Name" field from the “Properties” pane. You can customize the separator token to be used for multiple selected values.
This control displays a part of the path that is currently displayed in the Path Edit control. The Directory List control displays the folders below the directory currently displayed by the Directory Combo control. This control is usually used in a "Browse" dialog (you can see an example in the "BrowseDlg" dialog under "FolderDlg").
The Volume CostList control presents information about the cost associated with the selection on the different volumes. The control shows all the volumes involved in the current installation plus all volumes that are of the types specified in the attribute bits. If the required disk space exceeds the amount available on some drive, the volume is highlighted in the table. Clicking a column header sorts the volumes according to the chosen column.
This control displays a part of the path that is currently displayed in the Path Edit control. It does not show the last segment of the path, that segment is displayed by the Directory List control. For this control you can set the flags RemovableVolume, FixedVolume, RemoteVolume, CDROMVolume, RAMDiskVolume, and FloppyVolume according to your needs.
This control must use the same property used by the Path Edit control.
The control enables the user to select a volume from an alphabetical list of volumes. The types of volumes displayed in the list are specified using bits associated with RemovableVolume, FixedVolume, RemoteVolume, CDROMVolume, RAMDiskVolume, and FloppyVolume control attributes.
This control enables a user to change the selection state of features listed in the Feature table. The control is associated with a string valued property that the user can set by a Browse dialog.
The Quick Selection Tree is an improvement to the simple Selection Tree. The regular Selection Tree control offers a drop-down menu for each feature where you select whether that feature will or will not be installed. The Quick Selection Tree control replaces the drop-down menu with checkboxes.
The Prerequisite Selector displays the feature-based prerequisites states. It also allows the user to select which prerequisite to install.
Prerequisites are displayed together with additional information like: required versions, versions found on target computer and action that will be performed.
A bar that changes its length as it receives progress messages. If you set the "Progress 95" flag then the bar is drawn as a series of small rectangles in Microsoft Windows 95 style.
This control requires a "Display installation progress" subscribed event with the "Progress" attribute.
A styled bar that changes its length as it receives progress messages.
This control displays commonly used billboard controls.
The following controls can be placed on a billboard host control:
- Static Text
- Scrollable Text
- Group Box
Billboard host controls are most typically associated with progress actions.
You can add only one billboard host control on a dialog.
Use thetoolbar button or the Toolbox.
The billboard host control is not actually visible on the dialog. It displays some "views" referred to as billboards that will contain the billboard controls. When the billboard host is added to the dialog it contains a view.
As billboards most common use is to display images or text during a long operation, the billboard host control is automatically subscribed to the SetProgress Event.
To switch among the billboards of the billboard host, select them in the “Billboards” list from the Properties pane.
Select the billboard host control on the dialog and from the context menu choose the “Edit Billboards” option. The Billboards will be displayed allowing you to create a new billboard or edit an existing one.
For more information about using the HTML Host control and its APIs read this article.
Adding this control will automatically enable the Enhanced User Interface.
The Tab Host control includes a list of child dialogs. The child dialogs' titles represent the tab's name in the control, whereas each dialog's content will be displayed when the user selects its corresponding tab.
With this control the user can choose to navigate to the dialog's tab inside the Tab Host control, only if he wants to customize its associated settings.
The tabs content and visibility inside the Tab Host control can be defined and conditioned from the "Child Dialogs" Dialog. This dialog can be accesed from the Tab Host control's "Child Dialogs..." context menu or by double clicking it in the dialog editor.