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I am having trouble getting the pages for Lists to inherit the master page - my custom banner does not show when I click a list. Also, the subsites do not inherit this page, even when I select it specifically for that site by pasting the layouts/changesitemasterpage.aspx

Any idea why? thanks!

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the issue was that when I added the master page URL I included the css file with a url like /../../styles.css , which only works for the top level site, but list pages and subsites, they are at a different heirarchy so the css can't be found. Resolved by adding the css file to the styles library at top level site, giving everyone read access, then using /styles library/styles.css in the master page

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Is the site/site collection you are trying to apply the master page to using publishing? Are you running Foundation/Standard/Enterprise?

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