SharePoint Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for SharePoint enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a site (not site collection) for which I would like to add a customized Site Master Page. When I open the site in SharePoint Designer, I see


The master page that I would like to customize is nightandday.master. Do I have to go back to the containing site collection do do this?

share|improve this question

Yes, if the master page available in top level site, then you have to go and modify that in the top level site.

share|improve this answer

Do NOT modify that master page directly. That is a Microsoft page and is subject to change in Service Packs and updates and could subsequently be replaced when those are applied. Make a copy of it and modify the copy then select the copy as the master page for your sub site.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.