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Using master pages


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SharePoint 2010 Essential Training

with Simon Allardice

Video: Using master pages

Every single page on every single SharePoint site uses something called a master page. A master page describes the overall layout of the pages on a site, so that you don't have to rewrite the common things like the logo, the navigation down the left-hand side, the navigation along the top. In fact, you can change the master page. I am going to go to my Site Settings of this site with publishing enabled. I will actually find the word master page used in two places. We have a Master pages and page layout gallery in our Galleries section and then I find the master page in the Look and Feel section.
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  1. 1m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
  2. 16m 34s
    1. What is SharePoint?
      8m 9s
    2. SharePoint roles
      2m 5s
    3. Accessing SharePoint
      4m 48s
    4. The SharePoint product line
      1m 32s
  3. 44m 55s
    1. What is a team site?
      2m 43s
    2. Navigating a team site
      9m 41s
    3. Using team site lists and libraries
      11m 38s
    4. Editing the home page
      9m 31s
    5. Adding a Web Part
      6m 19s
    6. Deleting a Web Part
      5m 3s
  4. 10m 53s
    1. What is a Document Workspace?
      4m 2s
    2. Creating a Document Workspace
      4m 3s
    3. Deleting a Document Workspace
      2m 48s
  5. 6m 3s
    1. What is a Meeting Workspace?
      2m 7s
    2. Creating a Meeting Workspace
      2m 40s
    3. Deleting a Meeting Workspace
      1m 16s
  6. 36m 3s
    1. Exploring the available lists
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a custom list
      8m 44s
    3. Creating a custom view
      6m 43s
    4. Working with libraries
      6m 18s
    5. Using versioning and Check In/Check Out
      8m 48s
  7. 45m 55s
    1. SharePoint and Word
      6m 6s
    2. SharePoint and Outlook
      7m 38s
    3. SharePoint and Excel
      3m 54s
    4. SharePoint and Access
      2m 58s
    5. SharePoint and InfoPath
      11m 42s
    6. SharePoint and PowerPoint
      3m 46s
    7. SharePoint and Visio
      6m 20s
    8. Using SharePoint Workspace
      3m 31s
  8. 32m 8s
    1. What is a site collection?
      3m 56s
    2. Creating a site collection
      6m 35s
    3. Creating a new site
      6m 29s
    4. Customizing a site
      7m 47s
    5. Creating a site template
      7m 21s
  9. 13m 53s
    1. Understanding permissions
      3m 33s
    2. Adding a user to a site
      5m 14s
    3. Deleting a user from a site
      1m 39s
    4. Creating a new security group
      3m 27s
  10. 31m 54s
    1. Using out-of-the-box workflows
      11m 1s
    2. Creating your own workflows with SharePoint Designer
      15m 20s
    3. Creating your own workflows with Visio
      5m 33s
  11. 40m 36s
    1. Using site templates
      5m 49s
    2. Using the web content management features
      10m 40s
    3. Using master pages
      3m 37s
    4. Creating an Enterprise Wiki
      7m 14s
    5. Sharing an Access database with Access Services
      7m 19s
    6. Working with rich media
      5m 57s
  12. 53m 9s
    1. Managing documents and records
      3m 0s
    2. What are content types?
      4m 22s
    3. Creating a content type
      11m 30s
    4. What are document sets?
      2m 12s
    5. Creating document sets
      7m 49s
    6. Creating a Document Center
      4m 37s
    7. Creating a Record Center
      8m 25s
    8. Defining information management policy
      11m 14s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Using personal and social features
      7m 28s
    2. Creating a SharePoint blog
      2m 48s
    3. Personalizing SharePoint with tags and notes
      5m 26s
  14. 21m 22s
    1. Searching in SharePoint
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a Search Center
      8m 4s
    3. Customizing Search with keywords
      3m 30s
    4. Customizing Search with scopes
      5m 22s
  15. 47m 18s
    1. Using Excel Services
      10m 12s
    2. Creating a Business Intelligence Center
      3m 5s
    3. Using PerformancePoint Services
      12m 3s
    4. Using status indicators
      8m 10s
    5. Using the Chart Web Parts
      6m 33s
    6. Using Business Connectivity Services (BCS)
      7m 15s
  16. 1m 3s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 3s

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SharePoint 2010 Essential Training
6h 58m Beginner Jun 24, 2010

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In SharePoint 2010 Essential Training, author Simon Allardice demonstrates the full feature set in SharePoint 2010 and the necessary skills to be a SharePoint site administrator. The course shows how to use SharePoint, create sites and site collections, and plan and design sites and portals. It also covers Office integration, security and permissions, and advanced features such as document management and business intelligence.

Topics include:
  • Understanding a SharePoint team site
  • Navigating lists and libraries
  • Creating Document Workspaces
  • Using versioning and check-in/check-out
  • Integrating with Office 2010 applications
  • Adding and deleting users
  • Creating workflows
  • Working with server site templates
  • Creating a wiki and a blog
  • Working with rich media
  • Managing documents and other content
  • Sharing information with charts and status indicators
Subjects:
Business Collaboration
Software:
SharePoint
Author:
Simon Allardice

Using master pages

Every single page on every single SharePoint site uses something called a master page. A master page describes the overall layout of the pages on a site, so that you don't have to rewrite the common things like the logo, the navigation down the left-hand side, the navigation along the top. In fact, you can change the master page. I am going to go to my Site Settings of this site with publishing enabled. I will actually find the word master page used in two places. We have a Master pages and page layout gallery in our Galleries section and then I find the master page in the Look and Feel section.

Now, you'll only see this entry in the Look and Feel section if you have publishing enabled. If you don't have publishing enabled, the only place you can change the master page is actually using SharePoint Designer. So if I select that one, it takes me to the Site Master Page Settings where it says here is where you can specify a master page to be used by this site and all sites that inherit from it, and it's showing me the out of the box master page called nightandday.master. The only choice I actually see here is v4. V4.master is actually the standard SharePoint master page for team sites, Document Workspaces. In fact, anything.

Just changing that and clicking OK, I am going to go back to the homepage of this Internet site and we can see instead of having the blue bar with Adventure Works, we are now back to that standard SharePoint look and feel. So by changing the master page we can pretty much change the whole layout of every page in the SharePoint site. Going back into our Site Settings, selecting master page, going back to nightandday.master. Now, nightandday.master is the master page used by all the public facing pages.

As you will see the actual page we're on right now looks like standard SharePoint stuff and it is. That's because the system pages, all the behind scene stuff, the settings pages, pages for effecting look and feel and navigation, they are all using the standard SharePoint v4.master, which is probably what you want to leave them as. It's hard enough finding out where all the different links are without shifting them around and changing the fonts on them. And if you're a designer, you will be interested in this part. Here is where you can actually specify an alternate CSS file to be used by this site and all sites that inherit from it.

SharePoint CSS is quite a story in itself, but this version of SharePoint is using pretty good, web-standard, pretty good XHTML and CSS for design and layout. Once you understand the SharePoint CSS file, and a bit about how it does things, it's quite easy to change. In previous versions of SharePoint they used to have a few more master pages available. Master pages can be changed on the fly as you've just seen. The master pages are located in what's called your Master page and page layouts gallery.

They have to end in the word .master. So we've got there the nightandday.master and v4.master. Default.master is actually old school SharePoint. It's really the 2007 look and feel and minimal.master is used by the search pages. The real issue with master pages is you are going to want to get your designers to design your own master page, and they can. You can pretty much take the tips from things like v4.master and nightandday.master as to how you layout a page, where you put the placeholders for navigation, where you put the placeholders for content, then uploading those master pages to this master page gallery will allow you then to be able to change it and select your own for your own website look and feel.

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Q: In the "Adding a user to a site" movie, the instructor shows how to add a user to SharePoint and demonstrates by adding a user named “gini.” But gini is already set up and recognized by SharePoint. What if I have no users set yet? How can I add someone?
A: SharePoint doesn't store a separate user database; it wants to be pointed to an existing source of users, like Active Directory. If you don't have that, you need to first add your new users as local accounts on the Windows box you installed SharePoint on. Only then will you be able to give them permission on a SharePoint site.
 
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