Is there a way to not have ASP Includes mess up the 'Design" view using Dreamweaver?

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When I look at an ASP page in Dreamweaver in Design View that includes and "include page", the view is all messed up and I have to literally remove part of each include code just to see the page in a normal design view where I can make edits.

Is there a way around this>

Thanks in advance.
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What is being messed up?  If the include file is messing up your design view, either there is a preference that needs to be changed or your code in the include file is the problem.  

First, look at the dreamweaver preferences and take a look at the Invisible Elements area.  Make sure you have the "Show Contents of include file" checked. There may be some other items you will want to uncheck there as well.

Otherwise, if you have a simple page like

<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%>
<%
'Some special functions you might have here
%>
<%
'Dreamweaver generated recordsets here
%>
<!DOCTYPE HTML>
<html>
<head>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>MyDocument</title>
</head>

<body>
<div id="container">
  <div id="header"> header goes here </div>
  <div id="main">
    <h1>Some Title</h1>
    <div id="content_1"> <p>content 1 goes here</p> </div>
    <div id="content_2"> <p>content 2 goes here.  The date is <%=now()%></p> </div>
  </div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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then use SSI for the content and functions would look like below and should look exactly the same in the design view


<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%>
<!--#include file="incFunctions.asp"-->
<%
'Dreamweaver generated recordsets here
%>
<!DOCTYPE HTML>
<html>
<head>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>MyDocument</title>
</head>

<body>
<div id="container">
  <div id="header"> <!--#include file="incHeader.asp"--></div>
  <div id="main">
    <h1>Some Title</h1>
    <div id="content_1"> <!--#include file="incContent1.asp"--> </div>
    <div id="content_2"> <!--#include file="incContent2.asp"-->  </div>
  </div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

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incFunctions.asp
<%
'Some special functions you might have here
%>

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incHeader.asp
header goes here

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incContent1.asp
<p>content 1 goes here</p>

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incContent2.asp
<p>content 2 goes here.  The date is <%=now()%></p> 

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Commented:
Thank you so much.
I greatly appreciate how awesomely concise you are.
For immediate help, unchecking Show contents of SSI was just what I needed.
I needed to see the layout and not all the div layers with asp includes covering it up.

Thank you again!!  :)

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