Wednesday, 25 September 2013

How to change calc.exe menu using Resource Hacker


Hello friends!
Today I'm going to show you How to customize Windows from a small tool called "Resource Hacker".

Inroduction

Resource Hacker is a small but awesome tool to modify system files like DLL, EXE, CPL etc. Resource Hacker as its name suggests, hacks the resources of Windows and replace with customized ones.

You can download it using the following link.

Procedure

Since it is only the beginning of our How to customize Windows so I'll only show you a basic customization in Windows Calculator .
Step 1: Download the Resource Hacker.
First Download Resource Hacker tool from the link provided above and Install it in your computer.
Step 2: Open Resource Hacker tool
Now open Resource Hacker by going All Programs--> Resource Hacker--> Resource Hacker.
Step 3: Backup Calc.exe
First backup your original Calc.exe file, which is located at %windir%:\WINDOWS\system32. %windir% is your system directory where Windows is installed.
Step 4: Open Calc.exe with Resource Hacker
Now Open calc.exe from Resource Hacker or you can drag and drop calc.exe to Resource Hacker's Window.
Step 5: Main Part: Editing
res1
Now you can see in the left pane there is some folders.
res1
Click on Menu folder and extend its contents and click on 106 folder. There you can see 1033 click on it.
res1
Now you can see some codes in the Right Pane.
106 MENU
LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
{
POPUP "&Edit"
{
MENUITEM "&Copy\tCtrl+C", 300
MENUITEM "&Paste\tCtrl+V", 301
}
POPUP "&View"
{
MENUITEM "S&tandard", 305
MENUITEM "&Scientific", 304
MENUITEM SEPARATOR
MENUITEM "D&igit grouping", 303
}
POPUP "&Help"
{
MENUITEM "&Help Topics ", 317
MENUITEM SEPARATOR
MENUITEM "&About Calculator", 302
}
}

Now replace "Scientific" or "Standard" with anything you want.
Remember put "&" before the letter which is not common in menu item.
Now Press "Compile Script" and Save your New (edited) file. Done!
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