TIP: Adding a typelibrary as a resource to a project

There may be occasions when you inherit a project that
does not have the typelibrary compiled as a resource into the module that
implements your COM object (be it a COM server, ActiveX etc.). In such a
situation, a lot of people are left wondering how to make the typelibrary part
of the module’s resource instead of distributing the .TLB file separately.

The solution is really simple:

Step A) Open the project’s .rc file as text (i.e. select
‘Text’ in the ‘Open As’ combo-box on the ‘Open’ dialog.)

Step B) In the portion of the file
where all the TEXTINCLUDE’s are defined, add the following lines

Note: Make sure that the number on the TEXTINCLUDE
line is one greater than the highest number for the TEXTINCLUDE
lines in that file.

Step C) At the bottom of the project’s
.rc file, add the following lines

// Generated from the
TEXTINCLUDE 3 resource.
1 TYPELIB "ProjectName.tlb"

#endif // not APSTUDIO_INVOKED

Note: Ensure that the number on the TYPELIB
line is adjusted to be one greater than any
other TYPELIB resource in the file (This seems unlikely given the fact that one
would include only the .TLB for the project in question.)

That’s all. Compile and link the project and open up the
module in the OLE/COM Viewer to ensure that the TLB is actually part of the
project. Removing the TLB as a resource from a project.

It should be obvious from the earlier discussion that
one just needs to delete the lines mentioned in Steps B and C from the project’s
.rc file in order to remove the typelibrary as a resource from the project.

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