SharePoint Designer in Contributor Mode

Problem: SharePoint Designer Automatically switches to Contributor Mode!

Another day, when I was trying to open a SharePoint site in SharePoint Designer, it automatically opened in the contributor mode!


So I tried: Prompt for user name and password security settings in IE, then re-opened the SPD. Yes, It prompted me the user name and pass and opened in the SAME contributor mode, although I have FARM Admin & Site collection admin access rights.

Finally I found the solution:

To get around that, go to, SharePoint Designer’s Menu: Site >> Contributor Settings and then click on the Disable Contributor Settings button.

SharePoint Designer in Contributor Mode

It worked like a charm! 🙂 In case, This doesn’t work for you then, Try adding your account in site owners group.

Salaudeen Rajack

Information Technology Professional with Two decades of SharePoint Experience.

One thought on “SharePoint Designer in Contributor Mode

  • March 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Wonderful. Thanks! u saved me hour(s) of work.


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