Saving different views of your workspace

Expression Studio 4.0

After you have moved and resized your workspace panels, and crafted the perfect workspace for you to work optimally, you can save the workspace under a descriptive name and restore it later.

Workspace properties that are saved

Saved information includes the visibility of panels, the size and orientation of panels, the panels that are within panel groups, and whether a panel is floating or docked. For information about arranging workspace panels, see Panels.

Workspace presets

Microsoft Expression Web comes with the following predefined workspace presets:

  • The Designer workspace preset displays the Folder List, Tag Properties, Toolbox, and Manage Styles panels.

  • The Developer workspace preset minimizes the Toolbox, Manage Styles, and Snippets panels to provide a larger workspace for Code view.

  • The Developer (Snapshot) workspace preset is identical to the Developer workspace but also displays the Snapshot panel.

  • The reporting workspace preset simplifies the task of running reports against your website by minimizing all but the Folder List and the Accessibility, Compatibility, Search Engine Optimization, Hyperlinks, and CSS Reports panels arranged as tabs.

Expression Web lets you save multiple workspaces that you have customized for different projects or different kinds of work. When you save a workspace layout, you create a new preset, just like the Designer and Developer workspace presets.

For information about how to save workspaces and switch workspaces, see Save a workspace and Select a workspace.

Modifying a workspace preset

To save you time, Expression Web automatically saves the changes that you make to your currently-selected workspace.

For example, if you save your current workspace under the name "Workspace1" and then move a panel, Expression Web saves the new position of the panel in Workspace1. You could close and reopen Expression Web, or switch to a different workspace and then switch back to Workspace1, and the panel will be displayed in the new position.

However, Expression Web does not change the original layout of the Workspace1 preset that you initially saved. You can always return to the original preset by resetting your workspace while in Workspace1. If you do this, the panel that you moved will return to the position it was in when you first saved Workspace1.

For information about how to reset a workspace, see Reset the current workspace.

To create a new workspace preset with the panel in the new position, move the panel and then save the workspace under a new name.

Managing the list of saved workspaces

You can use the workspace management window to delete and rename workspaces, and to see which workspace is currently selected. For more information, see Rename or delete a workspace and Find out which workspace was last loaded.

See also

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