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WPF Designer

[This documentation is for preview only, and is subject to change in later releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]

The WPF Designer for Visual Studio provides a visual design experience for creating Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight controls and applications. The WPF Designer has many features to help you write Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) for your WPF applications. 

WPF and Silverlight Designer Overview

Describes the WPF Designer, which you can use to visually design the UI for your WPF and Silverlight applications.

WPF Designer for Windows Forms Developers

Describes how the design experience in the WPF Designer differs from that of the Windows Forms Designer.

Collaboration with Expression Blend

Describes how to use the WPF Designer to work collaboratively with graphics designers using Expression Blend.

Silverlight Designer

Describes how the WPF Designer compares to the Silverlight Designer.


Provides a framework-level set of properties, events, and methods for WPF elements.


Represents the base class for WPF core-level implementations building on WPF elements and basic presentation characteristics.


Represents the base class for UI elements that use a ControlTemplate to define their appearance.


Parses XAML markup into an object.


Serializes an object to XAML.

Binding WPF Controls to Data in Visual Studio

Describes how to use Visual Studio to connect to data and generate business logic and data bindings.

Debugging and Interpreting Errors in the WPF Designer

Describes how to use the WPF Designer to debug your WPF controls and applications.

Windows Presentation Foundation

Contains links to topics that describe the WPF platform.


Describes how to use XAML markup to define your WPF controls and applications.

Migration and Interoperability

Contains links to topics that describe how to use both Windows Forms and WPF in your Windows Vista applications.

WPF Designer Extensibility

Contains links to topics that describe how to extend the WPF Designer to provide custom designer experiences.

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