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A Complete Guide to Expression Blend 4 Shortcut Keys

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4 Apr 2011CPOL
Some important Shortcut keys of Microsoft Expression Blend 4

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In this post, I will share some important Shortcut keys of Microsoft Expression Blend 4. If you are working with Expression Blend 4, this will definitely help you to improve your daily productivity work. Keep the list with you always to make best use of the Shortcut keys in Blend 4 while designing your XAML page.

If you have more shortcuts, please share those with me and I will include them here as the key resource. Thanks for your support.

If you are an XAML developer and using Expression Blend 4, this post will really help you. You will be able to download the free eCopy of the List at the end.

Here is the list of important shortcut keys which can improve your productivity while working in Blend 4:

Shortcut KeyDescription
F1Open Expression Blend User Guide (Help File)
Ctrl + +Zoom in designer screen
Ctrl + -Zoom out designer screen
Ctrl + 0Fit entire page to designer screen
Ctrl + 1Zoom to Actual Size
Ctrl + 9Fit selection to the designer screen
F9Show Handles
Ctrl + Shift + HShow object boundaries
F11Switch Active document view
F2Edit text or Rename the selected control
Ctrl + EEdit control
Ctrl + Shift + ]Bring control to Front
Ctrl + ]Bring control Forward
Ctrl + Shift + [Send control to Back
Ctrl + [Send control Backward
Ctrl + GGroup into a Grid control
Ctrl + Shift + GUngroup an element
Ctrl + Shift + DPin Active container
Ctrl + Shift + 5Auto Size to Width
Ctrl + Shift + 6Auto Size to Height
Ctrl + Shift + 1Make width of selected controls to same
Ctrl + Shift + 2Make height of selected controls to same
Ctrl + Shift + 9Make size of selected controls to same
Ctrl + Shift + 3Flip controls Horizontally
Ctrl + Shift + 4Flip controls Vertically
Ctrl + 7Make Clipping Path
Ctrl + Shift + 7Release Clipping Path
Ctrl + 8Make compound path
Ctrl + Shift + 8Release compound path
Ctrl + LLock Selected controls
Ctrl + Shift + LUnlock all controls
Ctrl + TShow selected controls in the designer
Ctrl + 3Hide selected controls in the designer
Alt + Shift + RAdd Reference to project
Ctrl + Shift + BBuild project
F5Run project in debug mode
Ctrl + F5Run project without debug mode
F8Make selected controls into a UserControl
Ctrl + Shift + TCreate Annotation for the selected item
F6Switch Active workspaces
Ctrl + Shift + RReset current workspaces
F12Show the Results pane
Tab, F4Auto hide/show all panels
Ctrl + TabToggle between opened documents
Ctrl + .Open the Assets panel
Ctrl + NAdd a new item
Alt + DragCreates a copy of the selected control
Space + DragPans the Designer
Ctrl + IAdd an existing item
Ctrl + Shift + NAdd a new project
Ctrl + Shift + OOpen existing project or solution
Ctrl + WClose document
Ctrl + Shift + WClose all documents
Ctrl + SSave current document
Ctrl + Shift + SSave all unsaved documents
Ctrl + Shift + PSave copy of Project as...
Ctrl + QExit from Expression Blend


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