Track customized master pages

Master pages are page templates that make it easier to change the fonts, formatting, and content on pages in your site. Not only do they help you in setting up new pages, they also make quick work of updating all existing Web pages that are based on them. Also, in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 sites, the default master page in the site controls the look and content of all new pages created by using the browser, such as Web Part Pages and the list forms for a new list or document library.

If you manage a Web site in which multiple users make edits and updates, you may want a quick way to find all of the master pages in the site — especially those master pages that have been customized. Customized master pages are default master pages that are included in the site definition and that you have made changes to in some way. A new master page that you create and that was not included in the site definition is not a customized master page. The ability to find customized master pages in the site is useful if the site is managed by Office SharePoint Server 2007, and if you want to identify and investigate all customized master pages before updating the default master page.

For example, as a site owner you may want to review all customized master pages that other members of your team have created, so that you can decide whether to reset those pages to the site definition before applying an update to the default master page, or whether to keep the customized master pages in their current unique forms. This article outlines how to use the Customized Pages report to find master pages and how to identify those master pages that have been customized.

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Run the Customized Pages report

For both Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, data for the reports generated by Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is saved on the server on which the site is hosted. Server administrators can grant or deny access to these reports. If the reports generated come back empty, contact your server administrator for assistance. You must have at least Web Designer permissions on the server to open the site and run reports.

When you are working with an Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site, you can easily use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to run site reports that collect a variety of information about your site's health, usage, and potential problems. To run a Customized Pages report:

  1. Open the Web site for which you want to run the report in Office SharePoint Designer 2007.
  2. On the Site menu, point to Reports, point to Shared Content, and then click Customized Pages.

The report opens with all of the pages in the site listed, and the Customized column indicates whether content has been customized for that page.

 Note   A page is considered customized only if it is included in the original site definition. New pages created from a master page, new blank ASPX pages, and custom list forms that you create are not considered customized pages.

Customized Pages report showing all pages

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Filter the report to show only master pages

After you run the Customized Pages report, you may want to narrow it down to include only those pages in the site that are master pages, as shown in the following illustration.

Customized Pages report showing master pages only

  • To limit the results to master pages only, click the arrow next to the Type column heading, and then click master.

The report now lists master pages only.

 Note   To remove any filter, click the arrow next to the column heading, and then click (All).

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Filter the report to show only customized master pages

You can narrow the results even further to list only customized master pages, as shown in the following illustration.

Customized Pages report showing customized master pages only

  1. Click the arrow next to the Type column heading, and then click master.
  2. Click the arrow next to the Customized column heading, and then click Yes.

The report now lists only master pages that have been customized.

 Note   To remove any filter, click the arrow next to the column heading, and then click (All).

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Applies to:
SharePoint Designer 2007