Make Empty Containers visible in Expression Web

Some time back I came across a question in the Expression Web Forum, that when an empty <div> is dragged from the toolbox and dropped onto a page in the Design view, the div is invisible. Some of you may have come across this too. Now there isn’t any rocket science behind this. Its just that the visibility options need to be configured.

Empty containers

In the above screenshot, notice the Design view doesn’t display the body or the <div> tags. Both these tags are empty. As soon as you enter some text in the body, the body is visible (depicted by the dotted border).

Body with text visible

But the <div> tag is still not visible. That’s because, it is still empty. What if we need to make all the empty tags visible, always.

Go to View > Visual Aids > Choose Empty Containers. Now all the empty tags will be visible.

Div visible

An additional tip is to also switch on the ‘Margins and Padding’.

View menu

Margins and padding visible

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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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  3. alfiesaden says:

    hi – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the yahoo browser “” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alf saden

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