SharePoint 2010 Designer VooDoo - Editing Pages

SharePoint 2010 Designer VooDoo - Editing Pages

Something I have been struggling with for some time is when I am editing a page within SharePoint Designer, I find that SharePoint Designer will randomly enter code where I do not want it.  I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to turn off auto-correct, or updates off so that I could just code in peace but I wasn't having any luck.  Finally, I figured out a great resolution:

1. Right click the page from SharePoint Designer and select "Open With", select "Dreamweaver".
2.  SharePoint Designer may distort the output by replacing <> with  &lt; and &gt; making it pretty hard to read, but you can open the same page in SPD and copy and paste the code if it makes your life easier
3. You can make the same modifications in SPD and copy and paste the updated code into Dreamweaver at any point for on the quicker updates.
4. Just click Save in DreamWeaver when you are all done with changes, and you are able to go back to SPD and Preview the page before checking it in.

SharePoint Designer, as a tool, definitely needs to consider adding the capability to toggle auto updates on and off so users don't even have to consider options like these.  I have very rarely had an auto update from SPD be helpful in any way.
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  • Richard Mueller edited Revision 1. Comment: Removed extra space in tag "SharePoint  2010"

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  • Richard Mueller edited Original. Comment: Added language tag

  • I have an autoupdate that is breaking a tag - lower-casing the opening tag and causing a non-matching tag error.  I can't get it to stop.  It's around a custom control with the XSL of a custom AddItem form for one of my lists.  Completely sucks.

  • Richard Mueller edited Revision 1. Comment: Removed extra space in tag "SharePoint  2010"

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