Export by using the Clipboard

Although you can export your artwork in various formats that you can import into other applications, sometimes it's faster to use the Clipboard to copy objects or slices and paste them into another program. Use the procedures in this topic when the following conditions are true:

  • If you do not have to do batch exporting.

  • If you do not have to produce different file formats for individual slices.

  • If you do not want to create XAML Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) (WPF) resources in a resource dictionary.

The result you get when you paste into another application depends on what Clipboard file formats that application can read. Expression Design can save several different file types to the Clipboard. These formats include the following:

  • BMP

  • Adobe Illustrator Clipboard Format (AICB)

  • Plain text   Use the Text Cc294568.d724d595-909f-438e-a2af-c4dc7ac7f631(en-us,Expression.30).png tool to select the text you want to copy as plain text.

  • XAML   You can paste an object into any XAML-aware application including Expression Blend.

The resolution of the image on the Clipboard is based on the current document resolution.


Before you copy objects to paste them into a XAML-aware application, make sure that you set the Clipboard (XAML) options first.

To copy and paste artwork by using the Clipboard

  1. Select the objects that you want to export.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you will be pasting the objects into a visual XAML editor, such as in Design view in Microsoft Expression Blend, click Copy on the Edit menu.

    • If you will be pasting XAML code as text into a text editor, such as in XAML view in Expression Blend, click Copy XAML on the Edit menu to copy the ASCII version of the XAML code.

  3. In the destination application, paste the artwork. For example, in a WPF project open in Expression Blend, open a XAML document and then click Paste on the Edit menu. This will work if your Clipboard settings are set to copy in XAML WPF Canvas format. If your Clipboard settings are set to copy in XAML WPF Resource Dictionary format, select a node in the Resources panel, and then, on the Edit menu, click Paste.

You can use slices to copy sections of your artwork into other programs.

To copy and paste a slice by using the Clipboard

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