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Task panes overview

Task panes in Microsoft Expression Web help you get your work done, bringing the tools you need right up close to your work. You can find every task pane on the Task Panes menu. You can have multiple task panes open at one time and change the location and size of each task pane to suit your needs. When you arrange the task panes in a layout that works for you, Expression Web automatically uses this layout the next time you start the program.

When you first start Expression Web, the Folder List, Tag Properties, Apply Styles, and Toolbox task panes are shown docked on either side of the editing window. For more information about the workspace, see Workspace overview.

The task panes on the Task Pane menu are organized into six groups. By default, the first time that you open then, the task panes from each group appear as merged task panes. The merged task panes occupy the same space and appear one behind the other, with each task pane available by clicking the tab for that pane.

You can dock a task pane to the edge of the program window, and the editing window resizes to accommodate the docked task pane. You can dock the task panes horizontally or vertically. You can float a task pane so that it can be dragged and placed anywhere, including outside the program window.

Task pane buttons

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  1. Click the Maximize Cc295195.27506a25-db04-4958-a670-d802190484d4(en-us,Expression.10).gif button to resize a docked task pane to the maximum size of docked row or column. Other task panes in the same row or column minimize to their title bars. Click the Restore button Cc295195.e47c0060-9f7c-457e-97a7-142c85aecc3b(en-us,Expression.10).gif to restore the task pane to its previous size.

  2. Click this Close button Cc295195.33098313-ad88-4eb5-8d74-9aaa1444a5cd(en-us,Expression.10).gif to close the group of task panes.

  3. Click this Close button Cc295195.33098313-ad88-4eb5-8d74-9aaa1444a5cd(en-us,Expression.10).gif to close one task pane.

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    You can also right-click the task pane title bar or tab, and then click Close.

  4. Task panes in this group appear as tabs.

To open a task pane

  • On the Task Panes menu, click the task pane that you want.

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    A check mark on the Task Panes menu indicates that a task pane is visible in your workspace. If a task pane is open but not visible because it is merged with other task panes, click that task pane on the Task Panes menu to make that task pane visible.

To move a task pane

  • Drag the title bar of the task pane to the new location.

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    Press and hold CTRL while you drag a task pane to prevent it from docking when the task pane touches the edge of the program window.

To dock a task pane

  • Do one of the following:

    • Drag the title bar of a floating task pane to the edge of the program window.

    • Right-click the task pane tab or title bar and then click Dock.

To float a task pane

  • Do one of the following:

    • Drag the title bar of a docked task pane away from the edge of the program window.

    • Right-click the task pane tab or title bar and then click Float.

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