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Title Bar

The title bar displays the name of your current project followed by - Side-by-Side Manifest Maker. Note that until you save a new project, the title reads Untitled. If you create a new project and notice that the title changed without you actually saving the project, you probably have Automatically save project file build option turned on.

Main Menu and Toolbar

Click here to read the details about main menu and the toolbar.

Project Properties Summary

The top line of text, just under the toolbar, displays the summary of the current project properties. The format is:

<project type>: <assembly name>; version <version> ;<processor>

In the illustration above the project type is Automatic, the assembly name is My.Example.Project, the assembly version is and the processor type is x86.

Note that the assembly name here may not need to be the same as the project name displayed in the title bar. This is the value set in the Project Properties dialog while the title bar shows the file name of the project file which you typed in the File Save dialog.

Manifest Files

The top list view displays all items that you added to the project to be used for build. This includes files, shared assemblies and private assembly manifests. As you add files Manifest Maker checks each file and determines the file type which is displayed in the File Type column of the view. Based on the file type, selected processor type and the project build type Manifest Maker determines how it will use this file during the build. This value is displayed in the File Use column of the view. The Comment column is used to display more information on this item. For files, programs, DLLs, type libraries, this column may contain Copy to <directory> or Move to <directory> message. This indicates that for the assembly to be built, these files must be copied or moved from their current locations.

Depending on build options, this comment may remain unchanged or become empty after you build the project. If the comment is empty, Manifest Maker will neither move nor copy this file.

One more column, Source Path, is hidden by default. This column contains the location of the file to be used for build. You can view this comment by clicking the left mouse button just to the right of the end of the Comment column header and dragging the mouse to the right.

File Types

File types are indicated by both the file icon to the left of the name and the File Type column:

 File TypeTypical UseMore information
ProgramManifestExecutable programs (*.exe).
COM DLLAssemblyDLL that is recognized to be a COM DLL.
Non-COM DLLAssemblyAny other DLL.
Undefined DLLAssemblyThis normally means that there is a problem with accessing the DLL.
Type libraryAssemblyNormally a TLB or OLB file.
Shared assemblyManifestName of a shared assembly added to the project.
Private assemblyManifestName of a private assembly either in a subdirectory or in a library or a CLR class manifest.
.Net assemblyCLR ManifestDLL that contains a managed assembly. Only used in Automatic and CLR Class Manifest build types.
.Net moduleIgnoredManaged DLL that is not a CLR assembly.
Other fileIgnoredThese files are generally not used.
ErrorIgnoredMost frequently the file does not exist.


This is the processorArchitecture attribute of a manifest (or assembly) or the processor for which a particular module has been built. Manifest Maker recognizes three processor types, but only supports building manifests for the standard 32-bit x86 and the 64-bit amd64 (Intel's EM64T) architectures. A manifest built by Manifest Maker will only contain modules and assembly references for the architecture selected in the project properties dialog. All other files are ignored. You can include any file as other file by overriding the File Use for that file. Note that other files do not have any additional (COM) information.

Intel 32-bit
AMD 64-bit (amd64) and Intel EM64T
Intel 64-bit Itanium

File Uses

A manifest will be built, normally only applies to executable programs.
This file will become a part of the assembly.
This file will not be used when building the project.
CLR Manifest
This DLL is a CLR (.Net) assembly and a win32 (COM) manifest will be created for it.
DLL Assembly
This DLL contains an embedded resource manifest and will be used as is.
Other File
This file will be included in the manifest but will not be processed in any way.

Note that file use will change as you change project build type in the Project Properties dialog. You can also override the default use by selecting the Item menu, or right clicking the item, and selecting from the File Use submenu.

Build-Time Dependencies

The botton list view (shaded) contains files and assemblies you defined as project's build time dependencies. The display columns are very similar to the above Manifest Files list. Click here to read more on dependencies.