Editing Resx Files

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Managed Resource Files (.resx) can be edited directly in ResourceBlender Express, though it is often easier to maintain a translation database by Importing Resx Files instead.

To open an existing .resx file, click File->Open->Managed Resources File (*.resx).

The Resx File Editor

The list of resources in the file is shown, as well as any meta data (type, MIME type or comment) in a sortable grid. Clicking a column header sorts the grid by that column. In order to be a valid resx file, each resource in the file must have a Name and Translation.


Translators Comments

A comment from the translator can be left for each translation if required. This is optional, and is only seen by other translators. For example, it could be used to explain that a translation assumes a particular context.

Automatic Translation

Text can be translated automatically between different languages by clicking the Automatic Translation button next to the input for each language. This feature uses the free Google Translate service and requires that the source language is not blank and both the source and destination languages are supported by Google Translate.

Automatic Translation

Shortcut Keys

When editing, the following shortcut keys are available:

Shortcut Key Action
Ctrl + S Save File
Ctrl + N Add New Resource
Del Delete Resource
F2 Edit Current Cell
Enter Commit cell edit and move to the next row
Tab Commit cell edit and move to the next column
Esc Cancel Editing/Close Window


Resx files are automatically saved every 20 seconds. This can be disabled by unchecking File->Autosave and the interval can be changed by opening the options dialog from the main window.

Full Editor

Clicking the Open full editor button next to a text field will open a larger window allowing more room when editing text.

Larger Editor

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