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Restoring the Design View for XAML files in Visual Studio for Silverlight 3

It appears Microsoft has removed the designer for XAML files from the latest release of Silverlight 3 Tools.  The designer isn’t really gone, its just moved to the bottom of the editor and is hidden by default.

 

To restore the designer view:

1. Open your .xaml file in the default vs editor.

2. Move your cursor to the bottom of the edit window (right underneath the horizontal scroll) and it should change to a split-style cursor

3. Click and drag up to reveal a pane that looks like the following:

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4. Click on the “Resume Loading the Designer” link.  The designer should now be present

 

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I haven’t found a way to tell VS to remember this layout preference, and to auto-load the designer yet, but I’ll keep looking.

Its my understanding Microsoft will be replacing it with a better designer when VS 2010 ships.

Print | posted on Monday, September 7, 2009 2:51 PM | Filed Under [ Silverlight ]

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# re: Restoring the Design View for XAML files in Visual Studio for Silverlight 3

Thanks a lot
6/11/2010 5:44 AM | Ariadne
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