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Customized Master Pages in SharePoint 2010

Posted by Venkatesh Kumar Articles | SharePoint July 22, 2012
This article demonstrates we will how to enable/use the Custom Master Page changes in Sharepoint 2010.
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Introduction

This article demonstrates how to enable/use the Custom Master Page changes in SharePoint 2010.

Step 1

To Enable Customization

First if we want to work/change the Master Pages in SharePoint 2010, the following features need to enabled:

Navigate to the landing page of your newly created site collection:

Click on "Site Actions" -> Click on "Site Collection Features" -> Enable "SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure"

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Step 2

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Step 3

We need to do the same thing at the site level also.

Click on "Site Actions" -> Click on "Manage site features" -> Enable "SharePoint Server Publishing"

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Step 4

Enable the feature at the site level:

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Step 5

Once we have enabled the features, we are able to see the Master Page option in Look and Feel.

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If the Master Page is already enabled, we can skip steps 1 to 4.

Step 6

Start-up we can refer this link for customizing the master page:

https://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/

If we get the following warning then that means the Master page may not be published correctly. We can follow the following solution steps.
Warning: The selected master page has no approved version. This site may appear to be broken to users without the view versions right in the Master Page Gallery.

Steps

  • Click Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Modify All Site Settings
  • Click Master pages and page layouts
  • Click the down arrow next to your .master file
  • If Check In is an option, click Check In
  • Click OK
  • Click the down arrow next to your .master file again
  • Click Publish a Major Version
  • Click OK
  • Click the Down arrow next to your .master file
  • Click Approve/reject
  • Click the Radial Button next to Approved.
  • Click OK.

Select your customized and published master page as shown below in the Site Settings page:

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The final output of Customized master pages may look like the following pages. It depends on our customization.

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Summary

Customizing the Master Page is an important step in SharePoint Portal development. For start-up we can use the Codeplex pages, based on our requirement we can customize the design.

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