Resource files enable you to store bitmaps, waves, AVI's, icons, cursors, strings, and more... all in one file. It is to your advantage to use a resource file, the alternative is to leave all of your resources exposed, where the user can get at them and modify them. Once you've squished them into a resource file the user cannot touch them! HA! This Visual Basic source code sample shows how you can use resource files in connection with Direct X - specifically Direct Draw. If you would like to see step by step directions on how to create Windows Resource files check out our Using Windows Resource Files in VB6 tutorial.