power users need to have SharePoint Designer installed. The 2013 version is
included in the Office 365 subscription, and it is essential to create workflows
and import folders and files.
However, in some cases also the 2010 version is useful. SharePoint 2013 sites
can be opened in the original SharePoint Designer 2010 – so you should
not install updates! – and SharePoint Designer also gives you Microsoft
Picture Manager, which is not included in SharePoint Designer 2013 or the
Office 365 Pro Plus.
NOTE: There is no supported way to block the updates on Windows 10, so if
you want to run an un-patched version of SPD 2010, keep it on a Windows 8
or Windows 2012 machine, not Windows 10. (The Windows 10 installation
Peter uses in the demo is new and has not yet been updated.)
In later demonstratations in the SharePoint Online from Scratch series,
Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions,
will show some tips that require that SharePoint can be opened in the 2010
version of SharePoint Designer.
In the demos below Peter first gives an overview over what to consider if
you use SharePoint Designer 2010 with SharePoint Online. Then he explains
how to find and install SharePoint Designer 2010 and how to open a SharePoint
site in SharePoint Designer 2010.
Peter also shows how to find and install SharePoint Designer 2013, but for
a more detailed instruction, refer to an
In the third demo Peter shows what to do if you have already installed the
SharePoint Designer 2010 updates.
Install SharePoint Designer 2010
Search for the Microsoft download page for SharePoint Designer 2010 in
a search engine.
Download the setup file.
Run the downloaded file.
Accept the license conditions.
Click on the 'Install Now' button.
Open SharePoint Designer when the installation is finished.
(If you need to install .NET Framework, you will get a message about
that. Control Panel >Programs and Features >Turn Windows features on
The first time you want to open a site in SharePoint Designer 2010, the
"Help Protect and Improve Microsoft Office" screen is displayed. If you want
to be able to open SharePoint 2013 sites in SharePoint Designer 2010, do
NOT use the recommended settings. Instead, select the option 'Don't make
Open a site in SharePoint Designer 2010
In SharePoint Designer, click on Open Site.
Paste or write in the URL to the site you want to open. Note that only
the first part of the URL you see when you open the site should be entered.
Click on Open.
Get rid of SharePoint Designer 2010 updates
If updates already have been installed on your computer, you cannot open a
SharePoint 2013 site in SharePoint Designer 2010. Solve this by either uninstalling
each update or by uninstalling SharePoint Designer 2010 and install it again,
with the option 'Don't make changes', as described above.