This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer

With SharePoint 2010, it comes with a button that allows you to open up SharePoint designer and edit the page that you are seeing in front of you. It’s great – particularly for demos.

What’s not so great is when you click the button… and you get the familiar SharePoint interface… and it says “This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer”.

Then you check the SharePoint Settings in Central Admin for the web App…


and in the Site Collection…


Make Sure WebDav is enabled and Client Integration…



etc etc… then you realise that the button is triggering SPD 2007 to open instead of 2010. Nice idea Microsoft, making sure people couldn’t break the site by trying to edit it with the wrong editor (no sarcasm – I really like the idea)… but something like “You must use SharePoint Designer 2010 to edit this site” would have been more intuitive.

Ah well… Smile


About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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8 Responses to This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer

  1. Don Drake says:


  2. deeyem says:

    Oh for goodness sake. I tried “Edit in Share Point designer” and didn’t even spot that SD2007 had opened. I’ve spent half an hour googling the error message as well. 😐 Just shows that “shortcuts” aren’t always quicker!

  3. Brad Saide says:

    Hah! I don’t feel like such a goose now 🙂
    Misery loves company. Have a great Christmas, Deeyem & Don.

  4. Craig says:

    Gotta love MS warnings. Thanks for this.

  5. MS says:

    Arggggh. Thanks for finally resolving this day-long issue for me…

  6. Rob says:

    Wow, thank goodness this was the second site I read. Did not even notice 2007 was opening instead of 2010. THANK YOU!!!!

  7. anooj says:

    Thanks a lot…

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