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My initial web application allows me to see and change the master page under site actions\site settings\Look and Feel\master page. I created a second web application and would like to use a different master page, but when I go to site actions\sites settings\Look and Feel the only options I have are:

  • Title, description, and icon
  • Tree view
  • Site theme
  • Navigation

Shouldn't I be able to change\edit the master page for a separate web application?

In Central Administration they are listed as separate web applications with different ports.

I checked my registry and I have the following installed:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010 Standard
  • Office Web Companions 2010

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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What type of site are the root of the web applications built on? If you used a team site, you'll probably have to go into Site Actions, Set Settings, Site Collection features and turn on the Office publishing infrastructure feature to enable master page changes.

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Thank you! This was the information I needed! – user2017 Dec 14 '10 at 18:21

Activating "SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure" feature will enable option to change master page.

Alternatively got to this page to change master page : /_Layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx

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Thank you! This is also helpful! – user2017 Dec 14 '10 at 18:24

The page you're expecting is part of the Publishing Infrastructure; you'll need to turn that on.

Alternatively, you can set the master page through SharePoint Designer. To be honest, I'd recommend that; the publishing infrastructure gives you a lot of other things that you might not need.

Other options - a custom feature (though be careful of Meeting Workspaces - in 2007, at least, they have differently structured master pages to the rest of SharePoint). This cab be stapled to your site templates to apply your master page to sites as they're created.

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Please see the accepted answer to this question: Master Page option doesn't exist

Reposting here for reference:

follow this steps

  • Goto Site collection feature

  • Activate "SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure"

  • Goto Manage site feature

  • Activate "SharePoint Server Publishing"

The link you are missing is only available when publishing is enabled

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Hugh Wood Dec 7 '12 at 8:33
@HughWood - since the user don't exist anymore, I have taken the liberty to fix this post. It feels a dupe of the other answer, but at last now it shouldn't sit on the low post review list anymore. – SPArchaeologist Dec 13 '12 at 8:38

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