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VS 2005 C# ASP can't drag toolbox items(textbox) around in design mode

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I just switch from vs 2002 to vs 2005 and my first problem is i could not find a c# web application template. So, i used an empty web template then i added a Web Form to the solution. So, then i opened the web form in design mode and tried to drag a button to form, the button goes in the the top left corner no matter where i drop it(like i am doing html by hand) . Can i use web form design mode like in a win form?
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In 2002/2003 There was an experiment that failed miserably... the GridLayout mechanism that attempted to make web design like form design.  In VS2005 that is gone.

Depending on your preferences and requirements there are 2 options...

Standards based:
Use HTML and CSS to position your elements... in which case drag and drop is only useful for getting controls on the page, just the way it does.

The old standby:
Use tables to position your elements... in which case you need to create an HTML table (not a server-side table) in VS then you can drag and drop the controls into the cells of the table you create to make your positioning work.

One caveat to all this...  Keep in mind that VS is primarily a developer tool, with a programmers needs in mind.  while it can assist with making things pretty... it is really all about cranking out content.  You may want to use VS to do your coding then another tool of choice to manipulate the GUI the way you want it.


My usual procedure is to create a mock up in Photoshop... then rough out the html to produce the mock up... then write the code to make it work... and finally tweak the CSS to make it pretty.
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