What are the reasons that I can't edit a page in SharePoint Designer?

I am using a publishing page with a blank web part page layout.

  • what are the steps you are taking to get that message? you should use Internet Explorer if you are using the ribbon's action buttons in the browser Jul 11, 2014 at 13:36
  • Open SharePoint Designer > Open Site > All Files > Pages > Edit the page in Advanced Editor. Jul 11, 2014 at 13:54

2 Answers 2


The reason is that the page has an attached page layout which it depends upon. Either you edit the page layout (and effect all other pages relying on this page layout) OR you detach the page from the page layout.

If your going to the second option, for valid reasons, right-click the page you want to edit and select the Detach from Page Layout option:

enter image description here

You'll get an informative warning message by the console which explains what will happen.

enter image description here

Select Yes, and the contents of the Page Layout will be added to your page.

enter image description here

Now you can right-click the page again, and select Edit File in Advanced Mode.

NOTE Always make a copy of the file you're about to edit so you can go back to a working page, if you (or SharePoint Destroyer) mess things up.


you cannot edit a page in SPD which has a page layout attached. you will need to edit the page layout, or copy the markup from the page layout to the page itself using "detach" option.

more: http://alstechtips.blogspot.se/2014/01/sharepoint-designer-2010-this-page.html

  • 1
    Can you please summarize the steps for detaching in your answer and include the link as a reference for more information?
    – Ryan Gates
    Jul 15, 2015 at 20:41
  • @RyanGates I've taken the liberty to make a post of my own, explaining the steps to take.
    – Benny Skogberg
    Jul 21, 2016 at 7:39

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.