You need a custom dialog and you are taking your first step to creating your first one in a Basic MSI project. You right-click an existing dialog in the Dialogs view, and click Clone. You rename the cloned dialog and then start changing it according to your needs. You have all the controls in place, the only thing left is to edit the text associated with the controls. No problem, right?
Well, actually there is a problem. In InstallShield, when you create a dialog, the text you see in a dialog control is actually associated with a string in the String Table. When you change the text in the control, you are actually changing the string in the String Table. Here’s where a problem can occur when you clone an existing dialog.
Let’s say you clone the DestinationFolder dialog. After cloning, you rename it to be UninstallOptions, delete a few controls, and add some new ones. Now, there are Text Areas on the dialog that are still on the original DestinationFolder dialog, because you haven’t deleted those controls. When you click on one of these controls in the cloned dialog, let’s say the Dialog Title, then go to the Text property and change the text to “Uninstall Options”, you are actually changing the string associated with that control in the original dialog. So, what happens?
The DestinationFolder dialog now has a new title. It’s no longer “Destination Folder”, it’s “Uninstall Options”. But, don’t despair. There is a cure.
After you clone a dialog and keep some of the original controls, click on each of those controls, go to the Text property, click the ellipsis, create a new string, then select that string for the control. When you do that, your cloned dialog will have a string that belongs only to it, and the original dialog will remain unaltered.