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Getting started with Blend for Visual Studio 2013

You can visually build engaging and sophisticated user interfaces for Windows applications by using the accurate design surface and tools in Blend for Visual Studio.

Blend is installed when you install Visual Studio. To locate Blend, type Blend in the Search box.

You can also open a project in Blend from within Visual Studio. With the project open in Visual Studio, do one of the following:

  • Right-click the project file in the Solution Explorer, and then click Open in Blend.

  • On the View menu, click Open in Blend.

Getting started

Learn about the Blend workspace by reading the following topics:

  • Become familiar with the menus, panels, panel groups, and the artboard. See Blend workspace.

  • Depending on the work that you're doing, you might want to change the locations of the panels, resize them, or move them out of the Blend window to a different location on the desktop. See Making more room to work.

  • Configure your workspace the way you want it by using the Options dialog box. See Setting workspace colors and fonts.

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