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I am noticing a few issues with SharePoint Designer 2013 and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong and if there are any fixes.

I am working on Publishing Site Page Layout. I try to save a file and it tells me that there is another more recent file on the server. So I close the file (lose changes), refresh with the green 'refresh icon' at the top and then open the file again. The file has a green check mark next to it even though it says 'checked in' under the 'File Information'... I check it out.

I make the same changes to the file. I click save. Again I get the popup telling me that there is a more recent version on the server. I decide to overwrite now and click Yes. The popup does not go away. I click yes again... since this doesnt seem to do anything I click Cancel. Now it starts communicating with the server and gives me the ability to save the file with a different name. I enter a new name and now it says that if I save it the new copy will not be a Page Layout... (wtf?)

I cancel, and close the file again. I open the file... and it appears the changes I made when I clicked saved above have actually been saved.

What the flying flashgordon is going on?

I am also seeing icons indicating customization of masterpage files that have been reverted to the site definition, and Page Layout title field that does not update when I change it via the Properties in SPD or through the 'MasterPages and page layouts' page in the web application.

Are these bugs with SPD or is there something I'm missing?

  • I checked in a major version of Page Layout A, then opened it up and made some changes. I saved, no problem. More changes, tried to save, and now I get the 'A more recent version of the file has been saved to the server yesterday'. I decide to try to start over. I copied and pasted the file that was giving me the issue and gave it a new name. Opened it up (the first change from above was saved fine(?), made one change, ->save and wouldn't you know it, the file that I just created has a more recent version on the server that was created yesterday... and clicking yes does nothing. Help??? – Robbie Sep 27 '13 at 18:15
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According to your post, my understanding is that you could not save change to a file in SharePoint Designer.

You can go to the masterpage gallery in SharePoint Designer, right-click on the file and select "Reset to site definition", then check whether it works.

For more information: Unable to update page layout

Could you edit the site and save changes with Sharepoint Designer from another client computer?

If so you might want to try to run a repair of SharePoint Designer. To do this (in Windows 7) from the Start menu go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Locate the program for SharePoint Designer and select Change, this should start the Install wizard and you should be able to select the Repair Option.

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