Import custom code snippets from Expression Web 2 to Expression Web 3

In my earlier article Insert Code Snippets in Microsoft Expression Web 3, we saw how to use the built-in code snippets and create your own snippets to make your coding speedier. But the custom code snippets that you created in earlier version of Expression Web (EW 2) are not accessible in EW 3. A simple solution to this is to import the code snippet xml file to your EW 3 and use it.

The built-in code snippets are found in these locations:

In Expression Web 2

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Expression\Web 2\Templates\1033\Snippets12\FPSnippets.xml

In Expression Web 3

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Expression\Web 3\en\Snippets\snippets.xml

Any custom code snippets you add are stored into your roaming profile. In Expression Web 2, they were stored at:

C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Expression\Web 2\Snippets\SnippetsCustom.xml

In Expression Web 3, they are located at:

Windows Vista

C:\Users\ User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Expression\Web 3\Legacy\Expression\Web 3\Snippets\SnippetsCustom.xml

Windows XP

C:\Users\ User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Expression\Web 2\Snippets\SnippetsCustom.xml

Both these ‘xml’ files are different. While working in EW3, when you add code snippets they will be stored in the ‘SnippetsCustom.xml’ in Expression Web 3 folder.

To continue using the SnippetsCustom.xml from Expression Web 2 in Expression Web 3, before you start working in Expression Web 3, replace it with the one in Expression Web 2 folder. You need not delete the SnippetsCustom.xml that was created by default in Expression Web 3 folder, just rename it, and copy-paste the Expression Web 2 ‘xml’ file over here. Now you can use all your older snippets from Expression Web 2 in Expression Web 3 and any more you add would be updated in this file itself.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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