Try it: Customize the Thumb element of a SimpleSlider

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It is easy to customize the appearance of a Thumb control in Microsoft Expression Blend, by using the SimpleSlider control template.

To customize the Thumb element of a SimpleSlider

  1. Draw a SimpleSlider on the artboard in Expression Blend.


    The simple style controls are available under Simple Styles in the Styles category of the Assets panel. After you select a simple style control from the list, you can draw it on the artboard.

  2. Right-click the slider in the Objects and Timeline panel, point to Edit Template, and then click Edit Current. If you do not want to change the SimpleStyles.xaml resource dictionary, you can click Edit a Copy instead of Edit Current to create a new template and save it in the document. For more information about creating a copy, see Create a resource.


    To exit the template-editing mode and return to the scope of your document: click Return scope toCc295006.55844eb3-ed98-4f20-aa66-a6f5b23eeb2b(en-us,Expression.40).png, which is above the element tree in the Objects and Timeline panel.

    To return to template editing mode for an existing template: in the Objects and Timeline panel, right-click the object whose template you want to edit, point to Edit Template, and then click Edit Current.

  3. Right-click the [Thumb] element in the Objects and Timeline panel, point to Edit Template, and then click Edit a Copy.

  4. By default, the Thumb template contains a Grid that has an Ellipse. Delete the Ellipse object.

  5. Double-click the Grid object in the Objects and Timeline panel so that you can add child objects to it.

  6. Draw a path into the Grid object by using the Pen tool Cc295006.894f8612-e0ed-4e00-84cf-a9bc8f38fc54(en-us,Expression.40).png in the Tools panel. You can modify the path by using the Direct Selection tool Cc295006.6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362(en-us,Expression.40).png to adjust points on the path.


    To zoom in on the artboard, you can use the Zoom text box Cc295006.12524287-c48b-4cfc-b614-01951207239d(en-us,Expression.40).png at the bottom of the artboard, or you can use the scroll button on your mouse while holding down the CTRL key.


    As an alternative to drawing a path element by using the Pen tool, you can use an art resource that you import from Microsoft Expression Design, or an image file that you add to your project.

  7. Test your application (F5) to see the effects.

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