Sample master pages overview

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What are master pages?

Master pages are a feature of ASP.NET 2.0; they work the same way in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 as they do in ASP.NET 2.0. Using master pages, you can create a single page template and then use that template as the basis for multiple pages, instead of having to build each new page from scratch.

Microsoft has made available a package of four sample master page sets that were built using new CSS and Master Page editing tools within Office SharePoint Designer 2007. These sample master pages:

  • Enable you to apply a pre-designed style and layout to SharePoint sites
  • Work with the forty new Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  • Provide a starting point for deeper SharePoint site look and feel customizations
  • Are available for download at no additional cost

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Download the sample master page package

The sample master pages provide a variety of instant styles ready to be applied to your SharePoint site. The download includes four master page sets; each set has a distinctive look and feel and comes in five color variations: blue, orange, red, purple, and green.

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The four sample master page styles are:

  • Clarity

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  • Horizon

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  • Reverse

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  • Block

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How to use the sample master pages

Master pages are applied manually after site creation; you can apply a master page to a SharePoint site either through a separate SharePoint-compatible editor such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, or through the Web interface of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 installations. You can also view existing master pages and upload new sets from within the SharePoint site administration.

Using Office SharePoint Designer 2007, users can:

  • Add the files to the Web site and then set the master page as default for the Web site
  • Modify the site definitions to make use of master pages
  • Create a content page from a master page

In Office SharePoint Server 2007 installations, users can:

  • Add the files to the Web site and then set the master page as default for the Web site
  • Modify the site definitions to make use of master pages
  • Create a content page from a master page

More information about using master pages:

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Customization

While the sample master pages are fully functional and usable out-of-the-box, they can also be custom tailored or built upon to suit your organization’s needs. This is one of the main goals of these sample master pages, to provide an example of the site-wide design and functionality control you have when applying master pages to SharePoint sites.

More information about master page customization:

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Compatibility and support

Compatibility with Application Templates    The sample master pages were designed to be compatible with the Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. If used out-of-the-box, the sample master pages will work with SharePoint sites created from the application templates.

Learn more about Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Compatibility with other SharePoint sites    While some design and functionality features of the sample master pages may display when applied to any other SharePoint site, such as a default team site or workspace, not all site features may work properly. Customization of the sample master pages is encouraged to use them with other SharePoint sites.

Compatibility with SharePoint site themes    The sample master pages are fully compatible with the “Default” SharePoint site theme; they may not render properly when other themes are applied.

Support    The four example master pages are not supported by Microsoft. They are intended to provide an example of what can be done with master page support in Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and the Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

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Applies to:
SharePoint Designer 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0