Use scroll bars, sliders, and galleries in panels

Each panel in Microsoft Expression Design contains controls that let you modify or format paths and shapes, and offer lots of flexibility when you know how they work. Here's a quick rundown on how to get the most out of these controls.

When the contents of a panel become too long to display fully, a scroll bar appears along the right side of the panel. You can use the scroll bar to navigate in the panel.

The Properties panel displaying a scroll bar


To navigate the panel using the scroll bar

  • Do one of the following:

  • Click and drag the scroll bar.

  • Right-click in the scroll bar and then click an option from the menu.

  • Click the arrows at the top and bottom of the scroll bar.

A slider is useful when you want to quickly fine-tune the value of an attribute, such as the opacity of a fill.

The Fill and Stroke Opacity sliders


To adjust the value in a slider

  • Select a slider and do one of the following:

  • Drag the slider Cc294756.4e5995b1-3fea-43b2-bb30-1ca173d950e0(en-us,Expression.10).png up or to the right to increase the value, or down or to the left to reduce the value.

  • Click the slider, and type a numeric value.

Expression Design displays custom color swatches, brush strokes, and fonts in drop-down lists or galleries. A gallery is divided into three sections: Favorites, Most Recent, and Categories (named Typefaces in the Font gallery).

The Font Gallery


To select an item from a gallery

  1. In the Properties panel, under Appearance, next to the Color Swatches, Brush Stroke, or Font displays, click the drop-down arrow to display the gallery.

  2. To select an item, click it.

  3. To move a selection to the Favorites section, drag it from the Most Recent, Categories, or Typefaces sections.