SharePoint: Visual Studio 2012 and the 2010 SharePoint PowerTools Visual WebPart


Using Visual Studio 2012, you open a Visual Studio 2010 project which contains the “Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools” Sandboxed Visual WebPart. On building your project you get a compiler error;

The name ‘InitialiseControl’ does not appear in the current context.

During the Visual Studio 2012 project/solution upgrade, one of the Visual WebPart designer files (.ascx.g.cs) was removed from the project (.csproj);

Missing Visual WebPart Designer File
Missing Visual WebPart Designer File

To resolve this situation, open and touch the .ascx file (you could simply add a newline) and save the file;

Open and Touch the .ascx File
Open and Touch the .ascx File

After saving, the missing designer file is restored, and you should now be able to build your project.

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Phil Harding

SharePoint Consultant, Developer, Father, Husband and Climber.

2 thoughts on “SharePoint: Visual Studio 2012 and the 2010 SharePoint PowerTools Visual WebPart

  1. I had similar problem. When I set “Site URL” in project and re-create web part. Everything is ok:)

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