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Silverlight™ 4 For Dummies® by Mahesh Krishnan, Phillip Beadle

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Chapter 16. Ten Handy Tips for Writing Silverlight Applications

In This Chapter

  • Finding resources and utilities to increase your productivity

  • Writing applications with accessibility and worldwide users in mind

  • Putting handy shortcuts to good use

  • Debugging Silverlight applications

  • Designing large Silverlight applications

Resources about Silverlight Beyond This Book

You can find out a lot more about Silverlight than we have space to cover in this book — and it's free on the Internet. The best place to start is at www.silverlight.net. This site contains blogs, video tutorials, community samples, forums, and much, much more.

The site also contains links to download all the software you need to get started with Silverlight. Other sites worth investigating are www.silverlightshow.net and www.silverlightcream.com.

Ten Handy Expression Blend Shortcuts

In addition to using a series of mouse clicks to perform an action in Expression Blend, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work. Table 16-1 shows the top ten keyboard shortcuts that you will find useful.

Table 16.1. Expression Blend Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut

Purpose

F4

Hide all other panels and show only the Artboard

F5

Run the application

F6

Switch from one workspace to another

F11

Toggle the Artboard between Design, XAML, and Split views

Alt+Drag

Create a copy of the selected object

Ctrl++, Ctrl+-

Zoom the Artboard in and out

Space+Drag

Pan the Artboard

Ctrl+0

Fit the Artboard onto the screen

Ctrl+1

Zoom to actual size (100%)

Ctrl+.

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