Welcome to Expression Blend

Introducing Microsoft Expression Blend 2, a full-featured professional design tool for creating engaging and sophisticated user interfaces for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight applications. Expression Blend lets designers focus on creativity while letting developers focus on programming.

Getting started

Start learning about Expression Blend 2 by reading the following topics

  • About Expression Blend   Learn how Expression Blend is used and what it can do.

  • What's new in Expression Blend 2?   See what’s changed in this version.

  • Quick start with WPF, Quick start with Silverlight 1.0, Quick start with Silverlight 2   Get up to speed fast by following these tutorials.


    The Silverlight 2 runtime viewer is installed along with the Silverlight 2 SDK when you install Expression Blend 2 SP1. Expression Blend uses this version of the runtime to display your project in Design view, but when you test your Silverlight 2 application, the application will be rendered using the version of Silverlight that your browser uses. Your browser might use a version of the runtime that is more recent than the version that was installed with the service pack if you have visited a website that required a newer version of the runtime.

  • Adjusting your workspace   Make your workspace suit your personal preferences.

Helpful things to know when you read topics

  • If a topic does not apply to WPF, Silverlight 1.0, and Silverlight 2 projects, a gray box appears at the top of the topic to let you know the project types to which it applies. Specific version differences are explained in notes.

  • To collapse all the sections in a topic to view a list of headings, click the Collapse All link at the top of the topic.

  • To print a topic, click inside the topic window and then press CTRL+P.