Display a dialog based on a checkbox state

ImportantThe following article uses options that are available starting with the Enterprise edition and project type.

This tutorial will show how to include a dialog that will be displayed during installation only when a checkbox is ticked.

1. Create project

Let's assume that you want the user to see the release notes of your application only if he desires. To do this you will add a dialog to your project that contains the release notes. The predefined ReadMe dialog should be appropriate for this task. The user selection will be retrieved with the use of a CheckBox control.

Create an Enterprise project and add the necessary files to the package. For more details please see the Professional Installation tutorial.

2. Add a dialog to the project

In this tutorial we will add the predefined ReadmeDlg dialog after the FolderDlg dialog located in the "First Time Install" section of the "Install Sequence" tree.

DialogsGo to the Dialogs page.

Select the FolderDlg dialog and use the [ Add Dialog ] toolbar button or the "Add Dialog..." context menu option

In the Add Dialog select the ReadmeDlg dialog

In the "RTF File" field from the Properties pane specify the path to the .RTF file

3. Add the CheckBox which conditions the dialog

Select the FolderDlg item in the tree

Use the [ New Control ] toolbar button to add a new Check-box control

In the Properties pane set the following attributes for this control:

Text=View release notes
Property Name=ViewReleaseNotes

4. Condition the dialog to appear only when the checkbox is enabled

Select the ReadmeDlg item from the tree and from the context menu select the Show only if... option

The Edit Condition Dialog will appear

In the Expression field write ViewReleaseNotes = "yes"

5. Run the project

BuildThe project is now complete, build and run the package.

NoteIn this tutorial we have used the property attached to a CheckBox control to configure the condition for an install dialog. However, any predefined Windows Installer or user-defined property could be used to condition a dialog.

6. See also

Creating Billboards