Why does WPF designer still suck? And how can I improve it?

WPF designer in Visual Studio has been around over a decade now, but it still only shows a preview of my window/control in only the simplest of circumstances. If I use static resources and datatemplates referenced from another library or project, I never can get a preview and I just have to build and run the software to see what it’ll look like. I always handcode my WPF, I’ve never relied on the designer or drag/drop/resize/move so I don’t even care about that functionality, but what I would like is just a preview of how the window/control renders.

Are there any tips on improving the functionality of the designer? Any XAML markups I can use to force it to load static resources in the designer?

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