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Show or hide an effect

You can show or hide effects on the artboard the same way that you can show or hide any object in the Objects and Timeline panel. Hiding an effect enables you to quickly see how your object looks without the effect applied.

By default, the rendering of effects on the artboard is turned off.

  • At the bottom of the artboard, click Turn on rendering of Effects Ee341406.f9b06cda-78d5-4e53-9a42-398e062499d0(en-us,Expression.30).png.

You can turn off the rendering of all effects on the artboard if you have applied effects to numerous objects and notice that the response time of Microsoft Expression Blend is reduced.

  • At the bottom of the artboard, click Turn off rendering of Effects Ee341406.f9b06cda-78d5-4e53-9a42-398e062499d0(en-us,Expression.30).png.

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    You can also maintain a good response time in Expression Blend by setting a zoom limit above which effects will automatically be turned off. On the Tools menu, click Options, click Artboard, and then, under Effects, set the Zoom threshold.

  1. Under Objects and Timeline, expand the object to display the effect that is applied to it.

  2. Next to the effect, click the dot button Ee341406.5c289703-f55a-4c52-8c4d-7167fd2a6163(en-us,Expression.30).png.

    The dot button turns into an eye button Ee341406.4230580c-9c6b-4144-a3cc-1c68ea7b8cf9(en-us,Expression.30).png to indicate that the object is visible. You can click the eye button to hide the effect again.

  1. Under Objects and Timeline, expand the object to display the effect that is applied to it.

  2. Next to the effect, click the eye button Ee341406.4230580c-9c6b-4144-a3cc-1c68ea7b8cf9(en-us,Expression.30).png.

    The eye button turns into a dot button Ee341406.5c289703-f55a-4c52-8c4d-7167fd2a6163(en-us,Expression.30).png to indicate that the object is hidden. You can click the dot button to show the effect again.

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