SharePoint project properties

Visual Studio 2010 fails to show the design view of an aspx-page

This post is about solving the issue with Visual Studio 2010 failing to show the design view of an .aspx-page. Luckily, it’s an easy and pretty classical fix.

Symptoms

While trying to view or edit an aspx-page in design mode in Visual Studio 2010, the window is just plain empty and there’s little you can do about it – selecting view markup or hitting F7 may not do anything and restarting the Visual Studio doesn’t help.

empty aspx page design view
Design view failing to open

Solution

The Design view requires connection to the SharePoint site where you’ll be deploying the solution (or rather, any site). Set the Site URL property in the project settings:

SharePoint project properties
SharePoint project properties

Then close the aspx page and reopen it, and it should work.

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Antti K. Koskela

Solutions Architect / Escalations Engineer at Koskila / Norppandalotti Software / Valo Solutions
Antti Koskela is a proud digital native nomadic millenial full stack developer (is that enough funny buzzwords? That's definitely enough funny buzzwords!), who works as a Solutions Architect for Valo Intranet, the product that will make you fall in love with your intranet. Working with the global partner network, he's responsible for the success of Valo deployments happening all around the world. He's been a developer from 2004 (starting with PHP and Java), and he's been bending and twisting SharePoint into different shapes since MOSS. Nowadays he's not only working on SharePoint, but also on .NET projects, Azure, Office 365 and a lot of other stuff. This is his personal professional (e.g. professional, but definitely personal) blog.

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