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Tools panel

You can use the Tools panel in Microsoft Expression Blend to create and modify objects in your application. You create the objects by selecting a tool and drawing on the artboard with your mouse. You can also change the objects on the artboard by using handles, or you can modify their properties in the Properties panel.

For more information, see Properties panel.

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The Tools panel looks slightly different depending on whether you are working on a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) or Microsoft Silverlight project.

Tools available in the Tools panel when you work on a WPF application

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Selection tools   Used for selection and direct selection (nested objects and path segments) of objects and paths.

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Path tools   Pen, Pencil.

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View tools   Used to adjust the view of the artboard, such as for panning, zooming, and camera orbiting for 3D.

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The Camera Orbit tool is not available when you work on a Silverlight project.
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Shape tools   Rectangle, Ellipse, Line.

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Brush tools   Used to work with the visual attributes of an object, such as transforming a brush, painting an object, or selecting the attributes of one object to apply them to another object.

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Layout panels   Grid, Canvas, StackPanel, WrapPanel, DockPanel, ScrollViewer, Border, UniformGrid, Viewbox.

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Only the Grid, Canvas, StackPanel, ScrollViewer, and Border panels are available in a Silverlight project.
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Object tools   Used to draw the most common objects on the artboard, such as paths, shapes, layout panels, text, and controls.

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Text controls   TextBox, RichTextBox, TextBlock, PasswordBox, Label, FlowDocumentScrollViewer.

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Only the TextBox, TextBlock, and PasswordBox controls are available in a Silverlight project.
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Asset tools   Used to access the Assets panel and to show the most recently used asset from the library.

For more information, see Assets panel.

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Common controls   Button, CheckBox, ComboBox, ListBox, RadioButton, ScrollBar, Slider, TabControl, GridSplitter.

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The TabControl and GridSplitter controls are not visible in a Silverlight project, but you can select them from the Assets panel.

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