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I'm trying to view an .aspx page in design mode so I can see the layout of the page in VS 2010. It keeps giving me the view in code. I've modified the tools>options>HTML Design View to Design  View and restarted VS but still can't seem to get the design view. When I right click the file in solution explore the only view options I see are view code and view markup.

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong here?

Thanks in advance for the help,
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Is there a designer file nested under your aspx?
filename.aspx.designer.vb?

When you are viewing the HTML, do you have the design, split, source options at the bottom of the code window?

I don't think you should have to adjust any options so I would revert the setting you changed. If you start a new web solution can you see the design mode?  That would tell you if it is a problem with the file/project or Visual Studio/OS.
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yes there is a ....designer.vb file nested under my aspx page. The nesting is as follows though:
filename.aspx
      filename.aspx.vb
           filename.aspx.desgner.vb

no, I don't have the design, split, source options at the bottom of the code window.

starting a new web solution I can see the design options at the bottom of the code window.

I should have mentioned this in the original post, but this is a sharepoint web page I'm trying to work with. not sure if that makes things any different.
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Sharepoint or not, it sure seems like seeing the designer would still be needed...
Sounds like VS is not the culprit if the new solution looks right.

Are you able to add a new page to the sharepoint project and see the designer?

Did you try right-clicking the designer file to see if there is a "view designer" option?
right-clicking the code "should" give you a "view designer" option also.

Are there any unusual icons next to the files in Solution Explorer?

Can you attach the files?
I'm pretty much guessing here.
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I've tried adding a new SP application page to the project and can't see the page.

I've added a new application page to the project and am not getting the options to see the designer.

I've tried right clicking the designer file, and the code file and there's no "view designer" option. all I get is "view markup" or "view code"

there are no unusual icons next to the files in solution explore. only the padlock as they're checked into TFS. I've checked them out to see if this helped, but it didn't (yes, I'm getting desperate now.)

I've attached a snapshot of the new file I've created. I can't upload the original files due to the nature of them.
SP.png
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just found this and wanted to punch myself in the face:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231581(v=vs.100).aspx (go to the designing and debugging section.)
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thanks for the help
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