Table Editor Page

In this page you can create new custom MSI tables and edit the predefined ones.

Creating a new table

Use the [ Create Table ] toolbar button, the “Create Table...” context menu item or press the Insert key while the tables tree is focused. The New Table dialog will be displayed allowing you to specify the table schema.

Adding a predefined table to MSI

Use the [ Add Table ] toolbar button, the “Add Table...” context menu item or press the + key while the tables tree is focused.

Adjusting the table schema

Use the [ Adjust schema ] toolbar button, the “Adjust schema...” context menu item or press the Space key while an element from the tables tree is selected. The Edit Table dialog will be displayed allowing you to edit the table schema.

Importing a table

Use the “Import Table...” context menu item.

You can import tables from Windows Installer Archive Files (.IDT).

Removing a table

Use the [ Delete ] toolbar button, the “Delete” context menu item or press the Delete key while an element from the tables tree is selected.

Warning!Upon removing a table all the contained rows will be lost.

Adding a row to a table

Use the [ New Row ] toolbar button, the “New Row...” list context menu item or press the Insert key while a table from the list is selected. The New Row dialog will be displayed allowing you to insert a row in the currently selected table.

Editing a row values

Use the [ Edit Row ] toolbar button, the “Edit Row...” list context menu item or press the Enter key while the row you want to edit is selected. The Edit Row dialog will be displayed allowing you to update the row values.

NoteRow values can be edited directly in list, use Space key while a row is selected in the list and the editing will begin with the first column of the selected row. Use Tab key to continue editing with the next column.

Removing a row

Use the [ Delete ] toolbar button, the “Delete” list context menu item or press the Delete key while the row you want deleted is selected.

ImportantThe changes made to a predefined table are not reflected in the Advanced Installer user interface. They will be applied when the MSI is built having precedence over changes performed from the UI.

View Transform

   Use the [ View Transform ] toolbar button to highlight the current transform content.

ImportantIt is only available in Quick Edit Mode when editing a transform.

Diff MSI file

   Use the [ Diff MSI file ] toolbar button to highlight MST content or differences between another MSI.

Color Markings

  • Red tables are custom tables which can be modified only from the Table Editor.
  • Blue tables are tables which can also be changed from the GUI.
  • Tables with a green vertical line on the left have entries which could have been shown in the GUI but failed for some reason. This is also the marking of a table after it has been edited directly (not from the GUI).

Filtering the table

 Filter Type a string in the top right edit box to filter the table by.

Excluding a table from Transforms

Use the “Ignore in Transforms” context menu item when in Msi Quick Editor mode. Any changes performed to this table will not be added to the resulting MST file.

NoteSome table changes (like "Media", "_Validation") are by default excluded from MST.

ImportantWhen media related changes are detected during MST creation (like addition of files or source path changes) then the "Media" table will no longer be excluded from the resulting transform.

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