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Xcode Views and Modifiers Buttons Missing from Library Panel

I was following along with Lesson 3 of the 14 Day Challenge and ran into strange behavior with Xcode.

Following is a screenshot from the lesson showing Chris’ screen:

Both the Views and Modifiers buttons are visible in the library panel even after Chris removed the Text view and modifier code from the code block.

For me, both buttons are missing:

If I add a Text view manually via the editor, the buttons become visible:

This behavior doesn’t match what is shown in the video, and I haven’t been able to find reports of this behavior reported online.

Is this a known issue? If so, is there a workaround?


Christopher, I identified the same issue on my computer.
And I am not aware about a workaround for this behaviour.


Normal operation of the Library is that you need at least ONE view in place in order to drag new View or Modifier elements in from the Library whether you drag those elements into the Code editor or into the Canvas.


@Chris_Parker, any idea what wizardry @Chris2 is using in the video to access the Views and Modifiers buttons with no Views in the code block?

Can you provide the time stamp in the video lesson that you saw this?

@Chris_Parker starting around 8:00 he deletes the selected View and opens the library panel.

I can see what you mean. I certainly can’t replicate that in Xcode 12.5 so maybe the version of Xcode that Chris was using at the time the Lesson was created was an earlier version. :man_shrugging:

Either that or Chris is as wizard! :mage:

Thank you for checking.

I had the same problem. The preview window needs to have focus when the library is opened. Only then will it look like Chris’ in the video.




Welcome to the community.

What version of Xcode are you using?

Hi Chris, thanks for the welcome.

I’m using Xcode 12.5.1 12E507.

However, I can’t seem to replicate that solution - it’s just working as expected now, despite taking me about an hour to solve previously.


This is not working! It is going to be impossible to learn anything is if the lessons are broken like this!
Can someone please tell me what to do to make it work in Version 12.5.1 (12E507). I was looking forward to start learning and now this :frowning:


Not all of the lessons are broken.

Can you provide a screen shot of what you are seeing?

Xcode 12.5.1 works differently than the previous version which unfortunately is what everyone has to deal with over time as the product develops. That includes Chris Ching who is the author of these lessons who is equally frustrated when the rug gets pulled out from under him.

It’s just a fact of life as an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is constantly refined and updated.


Keep in mind that all of the moderators here (including myself) are here to provide assistance when something does not work as expected. Often there is a simple solution that someone else has come up with that will get you to the point of being able to continue. Just hang in there.

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Here is the solution I use when I come across this issue, it’s quick and easy!

SOLUTION: when the canvas isn’t shown they also do not show.
go to (Adjust editor options) in the top right hand corner → then click canvas

p.s apologies if this solution already exists here but I was to lazy too read through all the comments.

I am having this exact same problem (with same version of XCode 12.5.1 = bad software).

BTW, what YEAR are the comments posted in? 2021? (The dates only show month and day!!!)

This is VERY frustrating. I could not understand kmmarie777’s solution proposal. Where is “Adjust Editor Options” in the “top right hand corner”??? Right hand corner of what???

Here is a screen shot showing the Library panel displaying with the “Show the Views library” little square icon missing, among other things):

They only show the year if it’s not the current year. So if you only see month and day, then the year is the current year.

And you can always see the full date by hovering your mouse over the date. (Which doesn’t help on a mobile device.)

It is very easy to show a standard date format showing the year.

In that way, the end user does not have to guess about the year or know of the convention that the current year is not shown. Realize that many users visit pages like this as a result of a Web search. Showing the year makes it immediately clear to the reader who stumbles upon this page what date the post was made, no guessing or deduction needed.

(I dislike things such as “3d” for similar reasons).