Cannot locate/use UI Designer PlugIn for Android

Hi,

I'm  a beginner, using the latest v13.1.3 Ultimate for Android.

I can not  locate the Android UI Designer. The plug-in is checked. But I am not  sure how to view Designer.

My XML files do not have a Designer tab. If I  locate Designer in the dropdowns, it is grayed out, so it canot be selected.

Any help appreciated.

Thank you.

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Hello,

Where located is your UI xml file?

correct place: <project>/res/layout/

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Hi Alexander,

No specific "UI.xml" file that I can locate. In layout, just "main.xml".

I am attaching a screenshot of the "Hello World" Android project. "Designer" tool is grayed out.

But the "main.xml" does have design components. So, maybe this is correct?



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> No specific "UI.xml" file that I can locate. In layout, just "main.xml".

File can have any name, most importantly the correct location: <project>/res/layout/



> I am attaching a screenshot of the "Hello World" Android project. "Designer" tool is grayed out.
> But the "main.xml" does have design components. So, maybe this is correct?

Yes, of course.

"Designer toolwindow" is not designer.
"Designer toolwindow" is part of designer.

To make "Designer toolwindow" action eanbled:

1) open any /res/layout/$$$$$.xml file


2) choose "Design" tag

3) Find "Component Tree" panel (in left or right) and click to gear in header.

4) Into popup menu unchose menu item element "In Editor Mode > Left" or "In Editor Mode > Right".

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Thank you, Alexander.

I did uncheck >Left or >Right.

While "Designer" is still grayed out, I suspect it does not matter. I am able to use the design UI to add components like "text box" in the design mode. So, I guess it works OK. (or maybe I am still doing something wrong?)

Best Wishes,

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