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States pane not visible in Blend 3

August 2, 2009 Leave a comment

When I started to follow some of the video tuturial for Expression Blend 3, I noticed that States pane is not available when I work on the WPF project; however, it is there when I create a Silverlight project. Apparetly the state manager is part of WPFToolkit and the work arround this issue is explained inĀ  team blog of the Expression Blend:

Here are the steps you need to follow to get to the VSM-for-WPF goodness:

  1. Install the WPF Toolkit from http://www.codeplex.com/wpf/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=15598
  2. Create the following registry value and make it non-zero. The value should be of type DWORD. Or run the appropriate .REG file attached to this post (or by clicking here).
  3. 32 bit OS : HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Expression/Blend/EnableVSM
  4. 64 bit OS : HKLM/Software/Wow6432Node/Microsoft/Expression/Blend/EnableVSM
  5. If Blend was running during the previous step then restart it.
  6. Create a new WPF project.
  7. Add %Program Files%\WPF\WPF Toolkit\…\WPFToolkit.dll to the References folder (Right-click the References node in Project, then click Add Referenceā€¦).
  8. Close and reopen Window1.xaml. The States pane will now appear for the project.

Reference: http://blogs.msdn.com/expression/archive/2008/10/30/blend-2-sp1-wpf-toolkit-visual-state-manager-for-wpf.aspx