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Copy a slice to another program

As an exporting shortcut, you can use slices to copy sections of your artwork into other programs such as Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Expression Blend. The exporting properties that are set under Edit Slice in the Properties panel determine to which program the slice can be copied.

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You can select only slices that are visible and unlocked. Before you follow the procedures in this topic, make sure that the slice is visible Cc375010.3e342e41-0093-4150-afc9-309866723da0(en-us,Expression.40).png and unlocked Cc375010.b553394b-65c8-4b76-8526-5fdfe68fb2c4(en-us,Expression.40).png. Otherwise, you will not be able to copy it. If a slice is hidden, click the Toggle Visibility Cc375010.a708a6c2-5a11-4137-b962-f33438ecf19a(en-us,Expression.40).png button. If the slice is locked, click the Toggle Lock Cc375010.bc1d5d9e-0048-4d04-8efe-c9b571f71a64(en-us,Expression.40).png button.

To copy a slice and paste it as an image into another program

  1. Under Slice Layer in the Layers panel, select a slice.

  2. Under Edit Slice in the Properties panel, set the Format property to a format that is compatible with the destination program. For example, the following formats are compatible for pasting the image into a Microsoft Office Word document, a graphics program such as Microsoft Paint, or Expression Blend:

    • PNG

    • JPEG

    • GIF

    • TIFF

    • BMP

    • WDP

  3. Select the slice, and then, on the Edit menu, click Copy (CTRL+C). The objects in the slice are now in the Clipboard.

  4. In the destination program, click Paste on the Edit menu (CTRL+V).

To copy a slice and paste it as a XAML object in an Expression Blend document

  1. Under Slice Layer in the Layers panel, select a slice.

  2. Under Edit Slice in the Properties panel, set the Format property to one of the following formats:

    • XAML Silverlight Canvas   For pasting into a Microsoft Silverlight project that is open in Expression Blend.

    • XAML WPF Canvas   For pasting into a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) project that is open in Expression Blend.

  3. Under Edit Slice in the Properties panel, do one of the following:

    • To paste each grouped object in your slice into individual layout containers in the Expression Blend document, select the Place grouped objects in a XAML layout container check box.

    • To paste all the objects in your slice into a single, new container in the Expression Blend document, clear the Place grouped objects in a XAML layout container check box.

  4. Select the slice, and then, on the Edit menu, click Copy. The objects in the slice are now in the Clipboard, using the Format property that you selected.

  5. Paste the slice into a project open in Expression Blend. For more information about creating a document in Expression Blend, see the Expression Blend User Guide.

  6. Under Objects and Timeline, double-click the container into which you want to paste your slice.

  7. On the Edit menu, click Paste (CTRL+V).

To copy a slice and paste it as a resource in Expression Blend

  1. Under Slice Layer in the Layers panel, select a slice.

  2. Under Edit Slice in the Properties panel, set the Format property to XAML WPF Drawing Brush.

  3. Select the slice, and then, on the Edit menu, click Copy. The objects in the slice are now in the Clipboard, using the Format property that you selected.

  4. In a WPF project open in Expression Blend, paste the slice. For more information about creating WPF projects and pasting objects in them, see the Expression Blend User Guide.

To copy the contents of a slice

  • To copy a slice without having to make the Format property compatible with the destination program, select the slice, click Select Slice Contents on the Select menu, and then click Copy on the Edit menu (CTRL+C).

    When you paste your slice, it is pasted as an image into a program such as Office Word or Microsoft Paint, or it is pasted as XAML objects into Expression Blend.

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