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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?

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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 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 that has Oslo Master Page.

Check other root causes and the detailed steps at Data View disabled in SharePoint Designer 2013

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