In order to work with the designer you will need the following items on your PC:

  • Visual Studio 2017 or a later edition. The type of your VS installation is irrelevant e.g. The designer also works with the "Community" edition.

  • .NET desktop development package in selected during the installation of Visual Studio:

  • The Designer extension which you can download by following these steps:

  • In Visual Studio go to

    • in VS2017: Tools --> Extensions and Updates

    • in VS2019: Extensions --> Manage Extensions

  • Select Online extensions

  • Search for "Designer for"

  • Select the Download button

  • The extension will be installed automatically upon the next Visual Studio restart

  • You can verify the successful installation of the designer by accessing the Extension and Updates (or Manage Extensions) in Visual Studio and checking if you see the extension in the Installed section: