Editing Page Layouts in SharePoint Designer 2010 – Edit in Advanced Mode

SharePoint designer 2010 has changed quite a bit from its predecessor – certainly on the UI side. In other ways it has remained the same (its occasional inability to tell whether or not a file is checked out is still very annoyingly persistent). One of the major changes was how it handles .aspx page editing.

Previously SPD2007 had the concept of advanced editing, and a more locked down standard editing environment. This was controlled BY aven’t been able to find an application option to change the behaviour of the “Edit file” link on the information screen. If you’re working on a web site, the advanced mode results in an awful lot of extra clicking, and an awful lot of cursing after being presented with yellow highlights.

If there’s something that I’m missing here, please feel free to fill me in!

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7 thoughts on “Editing Page Layouts in SharePoint Designer 2010 – Edit in Advanced Mode”

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  2. Hello, I am new for sharepoint, i have migrate sharepoint 2007 to 2010. every thing is working fine and i want to change layout but i can see master library but not layout .

  3. Hello, I am new for sharepoint, i have migrate sharepoint 2007 to foundation 2010 . Every things are working fine. I want to change layout but i can see master library but not layout in sharepoint designer.

  4. John, when i right click on the page, the Edit in Advance Mode option is not present, and when I use Edit File item on the Ribbon, the Edit File in Advance mode is grayed out. I””m the Site Collection Admin and the Enable Customizing Master Pages and Page Layouts is checked in the Sharepoint Designer Settings page. Any idea why I can””t edit my new page layout?
    TIA
    Dean

  5. The reason the “Advanced Mode” is grayed out / greyed out in SharePoint Designer 2010 is that you have not enabled the “Enable Detaching Pages from Site Definition” check box on the SharePoint Designer Settings page on the site collection.

    This is found by going to the top site collection and selecting “Site Actions>Site Settings>Site Collection Administration>SharePoint Designer Settings”.

    Alternatively you can go straight to the URL by using htis format.
    http://{servername}/_layouts/SharePointDesignerSettings.aspx

    NOTE: You will need the appropriate administrative rights to get to this location.

    Once you check the box you will be able to click on the “Advanced Mode” button in SharePoint Designer.

  6. Hmm… All settings enabled in the SharePoint Designer Settings page on the site collection. But still cannot edit in advance mode from SharePoint Designer. When I click on the option I get an error message:

    There was an error when trying to run SharePoint Designer (Open as HTML). The command: Failed

    Very annoying!!!

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