Android – In Eclipse, "Graphical Layout" tab does not appear for my layout files

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Problem: In Eclipse, “Graphical Layout” tab does not appear for my layout files.

As i have mentioned in my earlier post that i have changed to Eclipse Indigo development environment, i was trying to open the Design layout of my xml file and it is being appeared:

Problem while loading XML files

Problem while loading XML files

Instead it should be actually appeared as:

Actual output when we load XML layout files

Actual output when we load XML layout files


In Layout folder, right click on any xml layout file, select open with -> Android Layout Editor. Enjoy :)

Solution-2: (May be permanent):

I just made a trick to solve the above problem. It may be helpful to you, just try it, select any xml layout file, click on window->preferences and now follow as per the below snap:

Android - graphical layout editor

Android - graphical layout editor

Paresh Mayani

Paresh Mayani is a lead android developer from India. Currently, He is Sr. Software engineer at InfoStretch Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He has been developing android apps since very 1st version i.e. Android 1.5, he says he has seen days and nights of Android history. He is the Head/Organizer of Google Developers Group (GDG), Ahmedabad

  • Matt Crawley

    This did not work for me; I have no idea what is going on with the program, but it says “org.eclipse.core.runtime.CoreException: Error opening the Android XML editor. Is the document an XML file?” at the top of the error details.

    • Paresh N Mayani

      I have seen this problem before. Sometimes (no guarantees!) installing the latest JRE/JDK helps. (From SO link).

      • Kevin

        I had the same problem on Windows 7. Tried two different machines and 3.7 and 3.5.X Eclipse. I don’t know how the graphical layout tab got lost. Installed latest JDK still have the same problem.

        • pareshnmayani

          Hey Kevin,
          i have updated the post with solution-2, please find it.

  • Siddharth Menons

    Thanks works just fine for me. But I have to do this every time I open the xml. Is there any permanent solution / configuration ?

    • pareshnmayani

      Hey siddharth,
      i have updated the post with solution-2, please find it.

  • jingyue

    Hi, may I know how to install android layout editor?

    • Paresh N. Mayani

      My dear, its built-in things, no need to install anything :)