How to Disable SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2010, MOSS 2007?

How to Disable/Block SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2010?
SharePoint 2010 provides a nice/easy feature to Disable the SharePoint Designer at the web application level. Here is how:

Get into: Central Administration >> Application Management >> Manage Web Applications >>  Select the target web app >> Select “SharePoint Designer” from General settings drop down in Ribbon >> Uncheck the “Enable SharePoint Designer” check box. That’s all!

You can access the same from: Central administration >> Configure Designer settings >> Configure SharePoint Designer Settings  also!

Disable SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2010

This will stop using SharePoint Designer for every one including Site collection Administrator.

Disable SharePoint designer 2010 at Site Collection Level?
Don’t want to disable SharePoint designer at web application level and for at site collection level? Sure.  Go to Site Actions >> Site settings at the site collection >> click on “SharePoint Designer Settings” under Site Collection Administration.

disable sharepoint designer 2010 at site collection

From here, you can enable/disable SharePoint designer at site collection level.

disable sharepoint designer 2010

Disable SharePoint designer at site collection level with PowerShell:

Disabling SharePoint Designer at Site collection level will not control Site collection Administrators!

$SPSite.AllowDesigner =  <$True | $False>

Once disabled, users receive the following message: “This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer contact your web site administrator for more information.”

This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer contact your web site administrator for more information

How to Disable SharePoint Designer in MOSS 2007?

How to disable SharePoint designer in moss 2007? Unfortunately, out of the box, MOSS 2007 doesn’t provide any such feature, So let’s look at the available options for us.

1. Use Codeplex utility:
 Block SPD –  allows us to give access to people in the Specific AD Group: http://blockspdhttpmodule.codeplex.com/, You can download it from here

2. Disable SharePoint designer by editing Onet.xml file as per the KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940958

MSDN Link analyses the possible solutions: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/archive/blogs/mcsnoiwb/locking-down-sharepoint-designer-2010

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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