SharePoint project properties

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

This post was most recently updated on September 30th, 2022.

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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.


Whilst trying to view or edit an aspx-page in design mode within 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


The Design view requires a 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!

Have another workaround? Let me know in the comments section!

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