Manifest Generation and Editing Tool, Graphical Client (MageUI.exe) 

MageUI.exe supports the same functionality as the command-line tool Mage.exe, but with a Windows Forms-based user interface (UI). With this tool you can create, edit, and sign deployment and application manifests.

The following menu and toolbar items are available.

Deployment Manifest

Creates a new deployment manifest.

Application Manifest

Creates a new application manifest.


Opens an existing deployment manifest, application manifest, or trust license for editing.


Saves to disk the document which currently has user input focus.

Save As

Saves a file to disk, enabling you to supply a new file name and/or location.

Save All

Saves the changes made to all files currently open within MageUI.exe.


Closes an open file.

If you modify a file before closing it, MageUI.exe prompts you to re-sign the file with a public key, key pair, or stored certificate.


Quits MageUI.exe.


Removes the currently selected text from the application and moves it to the system Clipboard.


Copies the currently selected text to the system Clipboard.


Pastes text from the system Clipboard into the currently active text element.


Deletes an element currently selected in a list, such as a trust license on the Deployment Manifest tab. For more information, see MageUI.exe Deployment Manifest Tab.


Opens the Preferences dialog box. See the following section for details.

Close All

Closes all files currently open in MageUI.exe. If one or more files need saving, MageUI.exe prompts you to save them. MageUI.exe also prompts you to select a signing key for each unsigned or altered file.


Opens this Help documentation.


Displays version and copyright information regarding MageUI.exe.

Preferences Dialog Box

The Preferences dialog box contains the following elements.

Sign on save

Prompts you to sign a file whenever you save your modifications.

Use default signing key

Uses the key entered in the Key file text box to sign all files. This eliminates the signing prompt that typically appears when you save a file and Sign on Save is selected. Use the Browse button next to the Key file text box to select a key file.

Signing Options Dialog Box

The Signing Options dialog box appears when you save a manifest or trust license for the first time, or when you change a manifest or trust license. It only appears if the Sign Manifest on Save option in the Preferences dialog box is selected.

This dialog box contains the following elements.

Sign with certificate file

Signs the manifest with a digital certificate stored on the file system.


Provides an area to type the path to the .pfx file representing the certificate.


Opens a Choose File dialog box for selecting an existing .pfx file.


Generates a new .pfx that is not verifiable through a Certificate Authority (CA). For more information about the types of certificates used for signing ClickOnce deployments, see Trusted Application Deployment Overview.


Provides an area to type the password used for signing with this certificate. If not applicable, can be left blank.

Sign with stored certificate

Displays a selectable list of digital certificates stored in your computer's certificate store.

TimeStamping URI

Displays the Uniform Resource Locator (URI) for the time-stamping service that ClickOnce should use to verify the certificate's timeliness. For more information about time-stamping, see ClickOnce Deployment and Authenticode.

Tab and Panel Descriptions

When you open a document with MageUI.exe, it appears within its own tab page. Each tab contains a set of property panels. The panels contain grouped subsets of the document's data. For information about the UI elements available for editing each type of document, see MageUI.exe Deployment Manifest Tab and MageUI.exe Application Manifest Tab.

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