Common Expression Blend Keyboard Shortcuts

By Phillip Beadle, Mahesh Krishnan

Part of Silverlight 4 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A great way to increase your creativity and productivity in Expression Blend is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for the most common commands. The following table lists the shortcuts that you’ll use often while designing your Silverlight applications.

Keyboard Shortcut Action
F1 Show Expression Blend User guide
Ctrl++ Zoom in
Ctrl+- Zoom out
Ctrl+0 Fit entire page into the Artboard
Ctrl+1 Zoom to actual size
Ctrl+9 Fit selected control in the Artboard
F4 or TAB Show/Hide all panels
Ctrl+TAB Toggle between open documents with-in the Artboard
F6 Switch Workspace
Ctrl+Shift+F6 Reset current Workspace
Ctrl+Shift+B Build project
F5 Run project
F11 Toggle Artboard between Design, XAML and Split views
Ctrl+. Open Assets Panel
Alt+Drag Creates a copy of the selected control
Space+Drag Pans the Artboard
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Shift+1 Make width of selected controls the same
Ctrl+Shift+2 Make height of selected controls the same
Ctrl+Shift+9 Make size of selected controls the same
Ctrl+S Save current open file
Ctrl+Shift+S Save all open files
Ctrl+Q Quit Expression Blend