I've made a simple html page layout, uploaded to my SharePoint online along with associated js/css and folder structures for the site. I've ensured that these files have been published and the site pulls them through when viewed.

So far, so good.

However, when i need to edit the files they are not showing in SharePoint designer? I can see them when viewing to my network mapping in Explorer but designer refuses to acknowledge them. What's really strange is if I use the 'Import Files' (lets say on a css file) that I know is up there. It identifies the file and asks to be overwritten.

As per my screenshot of SP designer and Explorer you can see the files are there as explained above.

Anyone know why I get this anomaly in SP designer?? Sure I can edit them if I use my mapping but isn't this what SP designer is for?!




4 Answers 4


Follow the below steps.

Should Navigate All Files --> _catalogs --> masterpages


I had the same issue with SharePoint Designer when I import files and I cant see the catalogs folder. I had to enable "Show catalog lists and system objects" option.

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This still does not show the imported files when I goto "Master Pages" link directly but if I goto "All Files", I can see the "_catalog" folder and if I navigate to "masterpage" with in the _catalog folder, I can see all the files.

Still looking at various options and will update my answer if I find something.

  • Thanks to Vidhyardhi Gorrepati for one possible solution, this solved my problem. Feb 20, 2017 at 8:03

make sure the user that you use to open the site has access to the master pages library.

also sometimes SPD can't load files, you need to close it and open again.

  • Yeah i've stuck my user in the correct groups and set out all required permissions. SPD just being super weird. I can see the files like seattle/oslo html pages. Mar 19, 2015 at 15:11

Check setting in Central Admin.

Go to Central Admin-> General Application Settings->SharePoint Designer(Configured SharePoint Designer Settings)->Select Enable Customizing Master Pages and Layouts Pages.

Hope this will resolve the problem.

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