Using SharePoint Designer with SharePoint Online
Learn which version of SharePoint Designer to use when working with SharePoint Online.
Last modified: July 01, 2013
Applies to: SharePoint Designer 2013
SharePoint Designer is tool used to connect to and work with a SharePoint site. It is important that the version of SharePoint Designer match the version of the SharePoint farm hosting the SharePoint site to which you are connecting. If you use SharePoint Online and your farm is upgraded then you will also need to upgrade your version of SharePoint Designer.
The latest version of the product is SharePoint Designer 2013. To learn how to find and install SharePoint Designer 2013, see Creating a workflow by using SharePoint Designer 2013 and the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform. If you already have an older version of SharePoint Designer installed on your computer we recommend that you uninstall it before installing the new version.
Trying to use a version of SharePoint Designer that does not match with the SharePoint farm can result in a number of issues. For example, see You have problems with workflows or receive errors in SharePoint Designer 2010.