When working with a report design in VS sometimes we require to see the actual xml behing the graphical representation of the design, this to figure out issues in the layout or to edit the xml directly. Currently there is no clear way to do it, or we haven't found it, but what we found is a work around. So basically go to the design then press Ctrl+F to search for a text within the solution then type for example the name of a control then click Ok. You will notice that VS will open a window showing the xml content of the design.