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Tools panel (XAML)

You can use the Tools panel to create and modify objects in your application.

You create the objects by selecting a tool and then drawing on the artboard with your mouse. You can use path editing tools to create and edit paths. You can also change the objects on the artboard by using adorners, or you can modify their properties in the Properties panel.

The Tools panel when you work on a Windows Store app built using XAML

Tools panel

Selection tools   Use to select elements. The Direct Selection tool, located under the Selection tool, is used to select nested elements.

Callout A

Gradient and Brush Transform tools


View tools   Use to adjust the view of the artboard, such as panning and zooming.

Callout B

Path editing tools   Pen, Pencil


Brush tools   Use to work with the visual attributes of an object, such as transforming a brush, painting an object, or selecting the attributes of one object to apply them to another object.

Callout C

Shape tools   Rectangle, Ellipse, Line


Object tools   Use to draw the most common objects on the artboard, such as paths, shapes, layout panels, text, and controls.

Callout D

Layout panels   Grid, Canvas, StackPanel, ScrollViewer, Border, Viewbox


Asset tools   Use to access the Assets panel and to show the most recently used asset from the library.

Callout E

Text controls   TextBlock, TextBox, PasswordBox

Callout F

Common controls   Button, CheckBox, ComboBox, ListBox, RadioButton, ScrollBar, Slider

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