#511 – Blend Basics – The Tools Panel

When you start up Expression Blend, you’ll see a series of icons down the left side of the window.  Each icon represents a tool that you can use to work with elements in your application.  This area of the window is known as the Tools Panel.

This panel includes the following tools:

  •   Selection and Direct Selection – Select objects
  •    Pan – Slide the view in the artboard to see a different area of the GUI
  •     Zoom – Zoom in/out on the artboard
  •     Camera Orbit – Move the camera around in a 3D scene
  •     Eyedropper and Paint Bucket – Copy attributes from one object to another
  •     Gradient Tool – Create and edit gradient brushes
  •     Pen – Draw and modify paths
  •     Rectangle, Ellipse and Line – Draw a shape
  •     Grid et al – Add a layout panel
  •    TextBlock et al – Add a TextBox, Label or similar control
  •     Button et al – Add a Button, CheckBox or similar control

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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

One Response to #511 – Blend Basics – The Tools Panel

  1. Pingback: #536 – Adding Layout Panels Using the Tools Panel in Blend « 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

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