Balsamiq for Desktop Docs > The Property Inspector

The Property Inspector

The Property Inspector is a panel on the right side of the application that allows you to set some common properties such as alignment, position and size as well as settings specific to certain controls (selection state, text properties, color, etc.). It is available when viewing mockups, assets, and Symbols.

You can show and hide the Property Inspector by clicking the toggle icon above it (keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD + ; or ALT/Option + Enter). When hidden you can also show it by right-clicking a control and selecting "Properties...".

If you have multiple controls selected it will show properties that are common to all selected controls as well as options for aligning and distributing.

Transforming Control Types

Many of the controls in Balsamiq Mockups can be changed into other controls via the context menu next to the control name in the Property Inspector.

This can be useful when you already have content in your mockups but want to use a different control type without re-typing the content (changing a text input to a combo box, for example). Just click on a control and open the menu to see which control types the selected control can be transformed to.

Adding Notes to Your Mockups, Symbols and Assets

When no controls are selected the Property Inspector shows notes for the selected mockup, asset, or Symbol. In the Mockups view the panel also shows mockup alternates.

Note: You can format notes text using the syntax described here to make text bold, underlined, etc.

For assets and Symbols it also shows the count and name of mockups where the selected object is used.