I create a page in pages not site pages in SharePoint 2013 and when I want to edit in advanced mode and insert data view it is gray out what should I do I check in and check out it several times but it does not change.

What should I do?


Try to do the following:

  • Check out your page.
  • Right click and Edit file in an advanced mode.
  • From the above ribbon > Click on code view tools > Click on Parse HTML.

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  • Go back to insert tab > The Data view should be now enabled.

If the data view still disabled,

  • Make sure that you are trying to add data view in the correct place within Web Part Zone below <ZoneTemplate> then click on Parse HTML and The Data view should be now enabled.

If the data view still disabled,

  • So maybe The current site Master Page is Oslo Master Page. It looks like a bug in SharePoint designer 2013 where you can't add DataView to a page in a site has Oslo Master Page. and to overcome this issue,

    • You should temporarily change the master page from Oslo to Seattle.
    • Add your DataView in your page in SharePoint Designer.
    • Go back to change the Master Page again from Seattle to Oslo.


  • I tried but it doesnot work – behnoush samiei May 7 '17 at 12:44
  • what's the type of your page ? is it web part page ? – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP May 7 '17 at 13:13
  • I think I click on page On blue ribbon on top of the page and then click add – behnoush samiei May 8 '17 at 4:57
  • the above steps should be worked with both web part page and aspx page , please try again the steps :) – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP May 8 '17 at 11:33

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