#543 – Searching for Controls in the Assets Panel

While the Assets Panel is open, you can search for individual controls if you know the name, or part of the name.

Once you open the assets panel, you’ll see a search box that you can type in.

You can start typing a portion of the name of a control and your list will be limited to only controls whose name contains the text that you typed.

This will also work if you’re in the Grid mode, displaying controls as icons, rather than in a list.

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#542 – Most Recently Used Asset

You can use the Assets Panel in Blend to add any available control to your user interface.  In the example below, we’ve added a DatePicker control.

You’ll notice that when you add a control to your user interface from the assets panel, a new icon appears on the Tools Panel, at the bottom.  This icon will always represent the control that you most recently added to your user interface.

Looking at the previous screenshot, you can see that an icon for the DatePicker control has been added to the tools panel.

Once the icon has been added to the tools panel, you can add additional instances of this control by double-clicking on the icon.

You can also left-click and hold to see a list of all of the recent controls that you have added.

#541 – Adding Elements from The Assets Panel in Blend

You can quickly add a large number of controls to your user interface in Blend using the corresponding icon on the tools panel.  However, for controls not available normally from the tools panel, you can add elements from the  Assets Panel.

To open the assets panel, click on the Assets tab that normally appears just to the right of the Projects tab in Blend.

You can explore within the listed menus to find the component that you’d like to add to your application.  Once you find a control that you want included, you can double-click to include it under the currently selected panel, or left-click and drag it to the artboard.