The resource hacker won't "fix" this issue, it will just let you change
the fixed size of the dialog or placement/size of the widgets in the
dialog. Fundamentally FM dialogs are not resizable .. that is, when you
resize the dialog, the contents don't resize with the frame. This is an
odd "feature" but as Richard points out, the fix is to stop doing it! :)
BTW .. in FM8 the dialog frames are no longer resizable.
Combs, Richard wrote:
> Whites wrote:
>> Using FM 7.1/7,2 on Win XP sp2.
>> I'm able to resize any dialog box in FM to any arbitrary size
>> - even much larger or smaller than the active region within
>> the dialog. (I'm not being very descriptive here.) Say the
>> active region (entry fields, lists, etc) is 2 x 3. I can
>> extend the dialog to some absurd size, say 7 x 9, leaving
>> large ugly blank areas to the right and bottom of the active area.
> Interesting. I just checked an FM7.0 installation, and I'm seeing the
> same thing. It's a not-very-helpful feature/enhancement, since the
> annoyingly small text boxes in, for instance, the Marker dialog don't
> become any larger when you resize the dialog.
> I've never used it, but I understood that the ResourceHacker application
> which Stuart recommended made _useful_ dialog box changes possible --
> larger text boxes, bigger fonts. The changes FM7.x enables are
>> My recollection was that this did not happen back on FM5.5 on
>> the Mac, but seems to be current standard misbehavior on the
>> PC. This happens on two different PCs, one running 7.1 the
>> other 7.2/ Just an aesthetic thing, but annoying.
>> Can this be fixed in some configuration file?
> It doesn't happen in FM6 on WinXP either (my current working
> But why is it annoying you? Dialogs don't resize spontaneously -- you
> have to hover the mouse pointer over an edge or corner until the resize
> arrows appear and then drag the edge or corner. So don't do that!
> Problem solved. :-)
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom