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Edit a style

You can use the style of a control in Microsoft® Expression Blend™ to specify properties and triggers that will be used as defaults by the control to which the style is applied. The properties (such as the background brush color) will affect the control's appearance, and the triggers will affect how the control responds to property changes and events. For example, when the user moves their mouse over the control, the IsMouseOver property changes from False to True and the MouseOver event fires. You can create a style for a button that causes the background color of the button to change when the mouse pointer moves over the button.

Editing the style of a button

Editing the style of a button.

Style resources save you time by allowing you to define the appearance and behavior for a type of control, and then apply that style to multiple instances of that type of control on the artboard. When you modify a style resource, all of the controls on the artboard that use that style are automatically updated.

Tip To edit a style, you must have already created the style as a resource or applied the style to an element on the artboard. For more information, see Create a style resource or Apply a style resource in this User Guide.

To edit the style of an object on the artboard

To edit the style of an object, do one of the following:

To edit a style resource

To modify a style

  1. While in the editing scope for a style, add your property and event triggers under Triggers in the Interaction panel. For an example of triggers that you can set, see Make an object into a button in this User Guide.
  2. To exit the editing scope of the style, click the Scope Up button Scope up button under Objects and Timeline.
    This returns you to the editing scope of the document.
    Tip Notice that after you create a new style resource for an object or apply an existing style resource to an object, a green highlight appears in the Properties panel for the Style property of the selected object, to indicate that the object is now bound, or linked, to the style resource.