A short post about Visual Studio setting that disables the design editor for XAML files.

If you prefer to work only with source code without Designer, you can configure it in the Tools -> Options:

  • For Visual Studio 2013 enable the setting Always open documents in full XAML view in the Text Editor -> XAML -> Miscellaneous
  • For Visual Studio 2015 set the Default document view to Source View in the XAML Designer -> General

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