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Store RTF As A Resource - Load Resource RTF Into a TRichEdit

Store Rich Text Formatted Documents Inside Your Application's Executable

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Loading a RTF Stored as a Resource

Loading a RTF Stored as a Resource

The Email course Resources in Delphi applications is perfect for Delphi beginner and intermediate developers as well as for those who want a broad overview of the art of storing more than just program code in an application executable.

If your application needs "external pre-made" files like sounds and other raw data, beside distributing separate files for your application's use, you can add the raw data to your application as a resource.

RTF as a Resource

Here's how to store a pre-made RTF document into the EXE file of your Delphi application, then display it in a TRichEdit control when needed.

1. Create a resource (RC) file:

  appInfo RCDATA myAppInfoDocument.RTF
Save the above ASCII document as "myappresources.rc".

2. Compile the RC file into a RES file, using Resource Compiler (BRCC32). This will create "myappresources.res"

3. Include the resource into your executable by adding the following compiler directive to a unit in your project:

  {$R myappresources.RES}
Build the application.

4. Place a TRichEdit on a form. name it "re". Set the PlainText property to FALSE.

5. Finally, the next code block load the RTF stored as a resource into the rich edit control:

var
  rs: TResourceStream;
begin
  rs := TResourceStream.Create(hInstance, PChar('appInfo'), RT_RCDATA);
  try
    rs.Position := 0;
    //re.PlainText := false;
    re.Lines.LoadFromStream(rs);
  finally
    rs.Free;
  end;
end;

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