I’ve been working to clean up my SharePoint Game of Life web part so that I can give it out publicly. I found recently that when I added an ASP.NET Table control to an ASCX page, I could no longer select the individual controls on the page. This is annoying since I you can’t quickly get to their property grids.
In the Visual Studio designer view, I could only select the Table control that now encompassed all of the other controls. If I clicked on anything, it just selected the large table. The other ways of selecting nested controls that I would use with WinForms don't work either.
After messing about, I found the solution. Since I don't actually need the main table to be a Table control, all I had to do was change it to a simple HTML table. So instead of <asp:Table><asp:TableRow><asp:TableCell>…. I used: <table><tr><td>…
Now the designer is usable again!