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Working with the WPF Designer

The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Designer for Visual Studio has many features to help you visually create user interfaces for your Windows Vista applications. Working with the WPF Designer is similar to working with other visual designers, for example, the Windows Forms Designer and Expression Blend. You arrange controls and elements on a visual design surface, which represents a window in your application.

Split View: Viewing the WPF Design Surface and XAML at the Same Time

Describes split view, which allows you to view both XAML markup and the visual designer at the same time.

Navigating the Element Hierarchy of a WPF Document

Describes the Document Outline window, which allows you to view a XAML document in a hierarchical manner and to preview, select, or delete XAML elements.

Alignment in the WPF Designer

Describes a variety of visual cues to help you with the alignment and layout of controls on the user interface.

WPF Container Controls

Contains links to topics that describe controls which provide built-in layout and positioning functionality.

Layouts in the WPF Designer

Contains links to topics that describe how to create absolute, dynamic, and data-driven dynamic layouts.

Working with Controls in the WPF Designer

Contains links to topics that describe how to create WPF applications by arranging controls on the design surface.


Describes Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML).

Windows Forms Designer

Describes the designer for Windows Forms controls and applications.