A Web development environment includes a design view mode that provides an expanded view of container constructs within Web page being edited. When operating in a design view of the development environment, the user is provided an option to view all container constructs in an expanded view. The expanded view will temporarily increase the visual attributes of the container constructs allowing the user to more easily access the editing regions within the cells or content locations of the container. Increasing the visual attributes also allows the developer to see the structure of the edited Web page more clearly. When the developer is finished working with the container, he or she may then return to a standard or other view offered by the graphical development environment. The resulting containers will be re-rendered according to the originally-coded size, without the additional space added for viewing in the expanded mode.