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How to enable Android designer in Visual Studio?

KarolZakKarolZak PLUniversity
edited October 2016 in Visual Studio

My Android designer in Visual Studio is not showing anything at all. Anyone knows how to fight this?
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  • VictorGarciaAprea.9996VictorGarciaAprea.9996 USXamarin Team Xamurai

    Hi @KarolZak ,

    Can you post the contents of Main.axml?


  • KarolZakKarolZak PLUniversity

    Hey Victor,

    I don't think it's related to that content becuase designer is not working for any new projects and downloaded samples.
    But yeah, here is the code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

        android:id           ="@+id/inputBill"
        android:layout_width ="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />
        android:id           ="@+id/calculateButton"
        android:layout_width ="match_parent"
        android:text         ="CALCULATE" />
        android:layout_width ="match_parent"
            android:text              ="Tip"
            android:layout_width      ="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height     ="wrap_content" />
            android:id           ="@+id/outputTip"
            android:layout_width ="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content" />
        android:layout_width ="match_parent"
            android:text              ="Total"
            android:layout_width      ="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height     ="match_parent" />
            android:id           ="@+id/outputTotal"
            android:layout_width ="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="match_parent" />

  • Just noticed this issue myself. New to Xamarin. Fresh install for VS 2015, but unable to go through even the simplest of projects that use the designer? Really? This is seriously the current product state?

  • KarolZakKarolZak PLUniversity

    Anyone? There must be some simple solution to this as it seems to be a common problem...

  • TinyTitlesTinyTitles DKMember ✭✭
    edited October 2016

    Same problem for me.... Happens with even the simplest view....

    Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
    Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 4.6.01586

    Visual C# 2015 00322-80000-00000-AA744
    Microsoft Visual C# 2015

    Xamarin (e6e3b0c)
    Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.

    Xamarin.Android (a7189aa)
    Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.Android.

    Xamarin.iOS (29910bb)
    Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS.

  • TonyCaseyTonyCasey IEMember ✭✭

    Same for me, I have never been able to get the designer working on Windows 10 VS 2015

  • I am wondering if anyone have found a resolution to this issue. I am experiencing the same issue with a fresh install of VS 2015.

  • i have the same problem

  • AlfredBotcheyAlfredBotchey USMember

    Hmmm, I was beginning to think I was the Only one living with that error/bug or whatever they call it. Xamarin Team, I need serious help here.

  • PierceBogganPierceBoggan USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    @AlfredBotchey, Could you post your version information from Help -> About Visual Studio, upload your project, and upload the zip files by going to Help -> Xamarin -> Zip Log Files?

    This would be enormously helpful for tracking down your issue! :smile:

  • saeeddsaeedd Member

    i have the same problem too, just i can add elements in text view but i can't switch to design view!

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