Expression Web Service Pack 2 (SP2)

NOTE: If you have downloaded the free version of Expression Web, it is NOT necessary to install SP2.

Expression Web 4 Service Packs apply significant fixes and improvements to publishing, SuperPreview, file management, extensibility, and other areas of the programs.

Screenshots will differ depending on your Operating System, browser you are using, and version of Internet Explorer These were taken on a system running Win7 and IE9 and Expression Studio Ultimate installed.

Download and Installation

Download Microsoft Expression Web Service Pack 2 (SP2)  and save it to your computer if you are using any browser other than Internet Explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer click Download, then click Run.

Screenshot EW4 SP2 Run screen.

If you saved the file (WebSP2_Trial_en.exe ) to your computer, remember where you saved it. Double click that file to start installation.

Click Yes to the UAC (User Account Control) dialog box if asked.

Click Yes for accepting the license agreement

Make sure EW4 SP2 is ticked for installation > Click Install

Once the installation is completed you will see a Thank You screen. Ignore the Register Your Product notification.

To check to see if SP2 is installed click the Help menu > About Microsoft Expression Web. You will see something like the graphic shown below.

Screenshot About Expression Web info.

Issues that are resolved in Expression Web 4 (SP2):

  • Fixed several issues improving product stability.
  • Fixed items and visuals in the Insert Symbol dialog.
  • The CSS property "overflow: hidden" now behaves correctly on the design surface.
  • Improved handling of the HTML "name" attribute.
  • Added a notification error in Snapshot panel.
  • Fixed online help links in several places.
  • Fixed an issue with Copy/Paste in the Folder List panel.
  • Fixed an issue in which CSS media queries were removed by the "Reformat HTML" command.
  • Fixed several issues that affected the formatting of special characters and symbols.
  • Src and link handling now allows protocol-relative URLs.
  • Fixed an issue in which deleting a table row or column through the context menu caused unexpected behavior.
  • The Hyperlink dialog now properly handles links that are already URL-encoded.
  • The CSS property "pre-wrap" now behaves correctly on the design surface.
  • Fixed ALT+F1 shortcut for the Folder List panel. Fixes to the JavaScript extensibility model.

Improvements that are provided by Expression Web 4 (SP2):

jQuery support

IntelliSense has been added for jQuery. In addition to the jQuery functions themselves, this provide IntelliSense for ids and classes in your document when creating jQuery selectors. It also includes the ability to continuously chain jQuery function calls and obtain IntelliSense.

New Snippets Panel and improved Snippets behavior.

Snippets now appear in their own panel. This panel provides all the previous functionality of the snippets feature, including keyboard accessibility from Code View with CTRL+ENTER. Snippets previously created by the user will be automatically migrated to the new snippet format and appear in the Snippets panel.

In addition, the Snippets panel provides the following improvements:

* Ability to create folders to categorize your snippets. * Ability to create wrap snippets—with before and after sections—that you can use to surround text you select in Code view. * Includes a large number of new sample snippets across several categories. * Ability to quickly search the Snippets panel to find snippets by name, description, and the code of the snippet itself.

Image Thumbnails in the Folder List Panel

The Folder List now provides an image thumbnail preview in Windows 7 and Vista. This includes information such as file size, width, and height of the image for reference. Quick links, next to the image, CSS, and JavaScript files, copy relevant markup to the clipboard, and paste it into your code.

Interactive Snapshot Panel

The Snapshot panel now provides an Interactive mode for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. This mode allows you to preview dynamic content and code in a browser inside Expression Web. All JavaScript and other interactive content will behave just as if you used the Preview in Browser command.

Universal comment/uncomment

Code view now provides context-sensitive comment and uncomment functionality. The appropriate type of comment will be inserted, depending on the type of code block you currently have selected in your document. Comment/uncomment supports HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript.


Customers can now define and save multiple layouts of their application and panels. Several starter workspace layouts are provided. In addition you can create your own panel layouts and save them to custom workspaces of your choosing.

Custom Toolbars

The popular Custom Toolbars Add-in has been directly built into the application, enabling you to create and name multiple custom toolbars and to add items of your choosing to each of them.

Look and feel improvements to the Code View

Code now uses the popular Consolas font by default. Color and syntax highlighting in Code view have also been improved.