NITPICK – a viewer and checker for Windows dialog templates

In this ordinary-looking dialog

one finds, among other problems,

misaligned items, (Click Here for larger image)

inconsistent row spacing, (Click Here for larger image)

and unaesthetic tab order. (Click Here for larger image)

Nitpick is a tool that helps to find such problems.

Environment: Stand-alone tool for use with Visual Studio resource files

Nitpick is a viewer for Windows dialog templates. It reads the dialog templates in a Windows resource (.rc) file and displays item outlines and item attributes. It can search the resource file for page names, item names, and item text. It can navigate from a displayed item to its defining entry in the resource file, and back. Nitpick can also perform a number of inspections intended to find common layout errors and problems.


NITPICK is contributed AS IS, with no warranties of any kind, including warranties of MERCHANTABILITY and FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. It is distributed only as an executable. Source code is not available.


The Nitpick executable includes a Help window with program documentation that may be copied to a text editor or word processor for printing.


Nitpick updated September 19th to address issues raised by three early users:

  • Nitpick now accepts and displays generic CONTROLs, which is what the Visual Studio dialog editor creates for Active-X controls.
  • Nitpick now accepts and displays COMBOBOXEX controls.
  • If a file path is specified on Nitpick’s invocation command line, Nitpick loads and displays the file when it starts.


Download executable – 45 Kb

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