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I am trying to open a sharepoint site with Sharepoint designer 2007 (locally) in order to create some custom workflows. However, for some reason this site will not open as a Sharepoint site. All of the document libraries are displayed as regular folders and all of the workflow options are missing in the menu. This happens at random for all site collections and subsites but there are some subsites that this ALWAYS happens on. I there anyway to ensure the sites always open properly?

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can you add any pictures with your explanation? – tereško Aug 29 '12 at 15:12
@tereško I have added pictures – Realistic Aug 29 '12 at 18:29

have you followed this simple guide


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The problem isn't getting the site to open properly it is getting it to be consistent. – Realistic Aug 29 '12 at 14:45
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As stated I was connecting to the sharepoint site using SPD installed locally on my workstation. I now have remote access to SPD installed within the server farm. This seemed to have solved the problem. I'm sure the best bet would be to use SPD directly on the server where you can use internal URL's (http://mysite/) as apposed to being forced to use external ( However for my situation being within the same LAN is working fine.

If anyone else finds another way to ensure consistency please add.

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