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I'm editing a file using SharePoint Designer. Where is the folder url("/_layouts/images/) stored on the server?

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Can you edit files stored in _layouts folder (or one of it's sub folders) using SharePoint Designer? I was always under the impression that you couldn't. – Rob Windsor Aug 15 '11 at 20:53
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Rob Windsor has said it above, but I wanted to give it "answer" status. While the _layouts folder does indeed live at:

c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\12 (SharePoint 2007)

c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\14 (SharePoint 2010)

SharePoint Designer will not allow you to open those pages.

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Hi Guys Many Thanks for your replies, Marc and Rob thanks for both of your detailed answers, sorry i can only mark one as an answer though :( – Dave Aug 16 '11 at 8:13

The folder "_layouts/images" is a mapped folder in the web server. It maps to the server directory "c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\14\layouts\images".

With SharePoint Designer you can only edit files stored in the Content Database, which are generally all files that are not in a directory starting with and underscore like "_layouts", "_vti_bin", etc.

If you need to modify Images, you have to upload them to a document library and change the former reference to the "_layouts/images/..." in the file referencing your image (page, master page, page layout, etc.). These files can usually be edited in SharePoint Designer.

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look under 14 hive (if using sp2010) or 12 for sp 2007

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To clarify, this is usually under c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\14 with layouts\images taking you to the folder you originally required. – James Love Aug 15 '11 at 20:38
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