Tip #3 Did you know… Split View could be set vertically in VS 2008

Split View is a new view option available in Visual Studio 2008 in addition to the existing  “Design View” and “Source View”. With Split View option selected, you can have your HTML View and Design View side by side. This would make it  a lot easier for you to see how your HTML changes impact the design view and vice versa.

This feature is available both in Visual Studio 2008 and in Visual Web Developer 2008. By default VS enables split view horizontally but you can make the split view work in vertical mode as well by doing the following settings:

Go to Tools Options –> HTML Designer settings –> Check Split views vertically-> Click OK


Split view will now show the two windows vertically as seen below.


Reshmi Mangalore

SDET, Web Development Tools

Comments (7)

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  4. RoryBecker says:

    Is there any way to disable split view. I use Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn to toggle between source and design but this now cycles to split aswell and I would prefer it not to.

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  6. xjb says:


  7. TS says:

    Yeah, that's the html designer.

    But for some bright reason MS didn't think of the most obvous thing to add – vertical split for regular coding windows…. idiots.