Im using SharePoint designer and when i try to open my online site in designer im getting the below error message, should i enable any settings?

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You note that you are using SharePoint Online, if so the follow possibilities may be blocking SharePoint Designer access:

  • Thanks this helped me a lot, not able to upvote your answer because of less reputations.
    – Coder
    Jan 23, 2020 at 18:27

Your site does not open in SharePoint designer. The error is as above.

One possible reason is that this site has Designer disabled (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940958)

Another cause (less likely to guess) is that this site was created using a template saved from a site where Designer was disabled.


  • One straight forward way of doing it is from the UI (Which did not work in my case though :( )

    1. Right-click the ONET.XML file ( at \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\SiteTemplates\\xml) for the site definition and open it with Notepad

      If you see “DisableWebDesignFeatures=wdfopensite” section in the one.xml that means your site has been configured to disallow SharePoint designer.

      You can remove this section from the file and should be able to access the site in designer now

    2. If you are unable to get rid of “DisableWebDesignFeatures=wdfopensite” or find the correct onet.xml corresponding to your site definition, here is a simple script I put together to see if Designer is disabled on the site using the property vti_disablewebdesignfeatures2 and update it as required.

for information refer this link,


  • His question was tagged as #sharepoint-online. What you propose is only possible in an on-prem environment. Jan 28, 2020 at 23:18

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