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This morning, I was editing a custom new item form for one of my lists in SharePoint Designer 2010. After I came back from lunch, I opened my site again in Designer. Now, under "lists and libraries," it says "there are no items to show in this view." It's a Team Site, but none of the default lists or libraries appear in Designer, even though they still exist on the site itself.

I also can't connect to http://your-site-name/_vti_bin/ListData.svc via IE.

I've taken the following steps to attempt to resolve the issue:

  • made sure the site and central admin are set to allow editing in Designer
  • set Designer to "check if SharePoint is the default editor for all pages" on startup
  • uninstalled and reinstalled Designer

Probably the real problem is not being able to connect to ListData.svc? What is wrong, and how can it have gone wrong since this morning?

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This post gave me the answer.

I had some broken lists on my site, which I was able to tell were broken by clicking on their links on the SharePoint site. Once I used PowerShell to delete the broken lists, everything worked properly again, and I was able to see my working lists in Designer.

$web = Get-SPWeb http://[yoursite]
$list = $web.Lists["Your Broken List"]
$list.Delete()
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