Advanced Installer Graphical User Interface

The Advanced Installer main window is organized into four sections: Ribbon (or Main Menu plus toolbar), left pane, page display and info pane. Each page may in turn be organized in multiple tabs and/or dialog boxes. Most dialog boxes can be resized by dragging their bottom-right corner.


Starting with Advanced Installer 9 on Windows Vista SP2 with Platform Update or higher, the ribbon control replaces the combined functionalities of the main menu and toolbar.



The toolbar allows quick access to most commands provided by the menu system. From here you can create [ New ] projects, [ Open ] existing ones or [ Save ], [ Build ] and [ Run ] the project you are working on. Some of the creation process' pages append their own toolbars to easily add files to the install, create shortcuts, etc. For a detailed explanation of each item on the main toolbar see Working with Projects.

Main Menu

Left Pane

The left pane contains grouped lists of conceptually related pages: Product Information, Resources, Package Definition, Requirements, User Interface, System Changes, Server, Custom Behavior. From general to detailed, clicking on these items will display, to the right, the various configuration options for your installer. The currently selected item is displayed in bold.

Left Pane

You can toggle the left pane on and off from the “View > Show > Left Pane” menu. The size of the icons and elements can also be changed by selecting the “Compact Left Pane” option from the “View > Show” toolbar menu.

TipUse the “Quick filter” above the left pane page menu to quickly reach pages of interest. The filter not only supports searching in the actual menu entries, but also looks in a predefined set of keywords relevant to each page when trying to match your query. For example typing "variable" in the filter will bring up the Environment Variables Page page, where you can configure environment variables.

Page Display

The center stage for creating your installer is this large area on the right. It is the main work area - all project data is displayed here.

Info Panes

This panel will display one of the selected panes from the “View > Info Panes” menu and it is hidden by default. You can close it again by clicking on its top-right corner [ Close ] button.


  • Ribbon
    A description of Advanced Installer's ribbon and of actions attached to each tab.
  • Main Menu
    A description of Advanced Installer's main menu and of actions attached to each item.
  • Issues Pane
    Displays issues and offers to fix some of them.
  • References Pane
    Finding where a file, folder or property is used.
  • Notes Pane
    Displays various notes added that are specific for the selected view