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A while ago, I extracted the actual Online Help Texts (in-game help strings accessible from the Help menu when the game runs) from Fallout 76 from the main .ba2 file for better readability. I've used the Bethesda Archive Extractor (free signup required for downloads). Doing this was relatively straightforward, with some amount of copy-paste. :-)

Now I wanted to the same for Fallout 4, but I fail to find the strings. I've extracted Fallout4 - Interface.ba2, as well as the DLC's strings. greping through these files for strings gleaned from the actual online help window within the game revealed no matches — just unlike Fallout 76 extracted strings.

Where can I find the online help text strings from Fallout 4? And how can I extract these to a file, if they are located in kind-of-an archive?

I'm asking this question in here because I fail to find a better place on Stackexchange. Proposals where to ask better are welcome.

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  • With "Online Help Texts" you mean the in-game help strings?
    – Joachim
    Commented Jun 3, 2022 at 6:10
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    Yes. I've updated the question to be more precise.
    – PoC
    Commented Jun 3, 2022 at 16:22

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They can be found in the Fallout4 - Interface.ba2 archive file, in the /Strings folder.
There you can find .STRINGS, .DLSTRINGS, and .ILSTRINGS files for all supported languages.

You can use BSA Browser or an equivalent to extract them. BSA Browser for Skyrim, and likely other Bethesda games, works perfectly fine, in case you already have any other installed.

screenshot of the BSA Browser with 'Fallout 4 - Interface.ba2' opened

You can use xTranslator to read the .STRINGS files:

screenshot of xTranslator with 'Fallout4_en.STRINGS' opened and the description for the Cap(s) Collector perk selected

(And that randomly selected string already displays an inconsistency: the perk is called 'Cap Collector', but the description reads 'Caps Collector". Typical Bethesda.)

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    Thanks a lot! I don't know why my other grep over those extracted strings failed. Also thanks for the hint to xTranslator!
    – PoC
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 13:06

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