Add or modify an object
A Microsoft® Expression Blend™ object is a
that you have added to the artboard.
To add an object
You can add a control to the artboard by doing one of the
- Double-click on the control's icon in the Toolbox.
- Select the control's icon in the
Toolbox and using your mouse to draw the control on the
||You can not select items in the Toolbox unless you have a project
open in Expression Blend.
To modify an object
After the control is added to the artboard, it becomes an object in your
application on which you can perform the following modifications:
- Modify the object using the on-object handles that appear on the artboard
when you mouse over the corners of the object's blue bounding box. These handles
allow you to rotate ,
resize or flip ,
or add a corner radius
to the object. If you do not see the on-object handles, click the
or Direct Selection
tool, and then select the object.
||You can change the behavior of the on-object handles in the
Hold the SHIFT key while resizing or scaling to constrain the aspect
Hold the ALT key while resizing, scaling, or skewing to maintain the
position of the center point (instead of maintaining the position of
the opposite corner or edge).
Hold the SHIFT key while rotating to snap every 15 degrees.
- Modify the object by selecting it under Objects and Timeline
and then altering the properties in the Properties panel. You
can use this method to change the appearance of the object, change its location,
or bind data to specific properties on the object. For more
Essentials of appearance, The layout system,
Essentials of data
in this User Guide.
- Animate the object. For more information, see
Essentials of animation in
this User Guide.
- Create a template for the object by selecting the object under
Objects and Timeline, and then selecting Edit Style or
Edit Control Parts (Template) under the Object
menu. This should only be done on simple control objects. For more information,
see Control templates and
For more information about what you can do with objects, see the how-to topics
that are listed in
Working with objects.