A string table is a Windows resource that contains a list of IDs, values, and captions for all the strings of your application. For example, the status-bar prompts are located in the string table.
While developing an application, you can have several string tables — one for each language or condition. However, an executable module has only one string table. A running application can reference several string tables if you put the tables into different DLLs.
String tables make it easy to localize your application into different languages. If all strings are in a string table, you can localize the application by translating the strings (and other resources) without changing source code. This is usually more desirable than manually finding and replacing various strings in source files.
Using the String editor, you can:
Quickly insert new entries into the string table.
Use in-place editing for the ID, Value, and Caption properties and view changes immediately.
Windows does not allow the creation of empty string tables. If you create a string table with no entries, it is deleted automatically when you save the resource file.
For information on adding resources to managed projects (those that target the common language runtime), please see Resources in Applications in the .NET Framework Developer's Guide. For information on manually adding resource files to managed projects, accessing resources, displaying static resources, and assigning resources strings to properties, see Walkthrough: Localizing Windows Forms and Walkthrough: Using Resources for Localization with ASP.NET.