Style toolbar in Microsoft Expression Web 3

You must be familiar with the Apply Styles and Manage Styles panels (earlier known as Task Panes). The Style toolbar has fewer but similar functions. The Style toolbar enables you to quickly use class and ID selectors, create new styles and attach existing ones.

But if you have been using the Apply Styles and Manage Styles panel, I would not suggest you to continue using it. Since the panel has lots of functions and options than the toolbar, in addition to a visual illustration of the styles. If you do not want your panels to eat up most of your workspace or want to use only primary functions of the Style toolbar, then it is one handy toolbar.

To launch the Styles toolbar

Right click on any toolbar and select ‘Style’. The toolbar looks like;

style_toolbar 

The toolbar has four functions –

1.       Class drop down:

Lists all class selectors that are defined in the internal CSS, linked or imported external style sheets. Use to assign, remove, change, or add an undefined class.

2.       ID drop down:

Lists all the ID selectors defined in the internal CSS, linked or imported external style sheets. Use to assign existing ID, create unique ID or remove any ID.

3.       New Style button:

Launches the ‘New Style’ dialog box.

4.       Attach Style Sheet button:

Launches the Attach Style Sheet dialog box as shown here:

attach_css 

NOTE: The Class and ID drop down boxes display the selectors only when your current selection in the page uses a class and/or ID selector. Else the boxes appear blank. Click on the drop down arrow to view the defined or create new selectors.

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