I have a masterpage (copy of v4.master) and I added a link to a custom css. when I create a new site it does not pick up the correct master page. How do I fix this? thanks

  • In what edition you have created this master page? I mean 2007 or 2010?
    – Zakir HC
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 12:58
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    Is this for publishing sites? We only use Team sites, how do I manage ensuring that all subsites utilize our custom master page?
    – user14047
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:34

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You can turn on the Publishing feature for the Root site and in the Site Action -> Site Settings -> Master Pages you will see a screen like below:

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Here you can specify to inherit the root-site master page for sub-sites!

Also, if its just a CSS that you have used - at the bottom you can see an option to Specify a CSS to be used by this publishing site and its sub-sites!

Read answer from David-Andrew-Smith on this URL for detailed info

Hope this helps

  • Thanks the odd thing is my sub site does not give me the option to pick "Master page" under the Look and Feel section. I only have Title,description,and icon -- Tree view -- Site theme --Navigation.
    – Jjp
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 13:34
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    Never mind I see I was to check the box at the bottom. All works great. Thanks.
    – Jjp
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 13:45
  • As Arsalan said, you need to activate the publishing feature for the link to the master page to show. Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 13:48
  • Jjp, if the answer was helpful please mark that as Answer for the question! Thanks. Commented Oct 13, 2012 at 13:42
  • The comment about checkbox is what I need. Thanks.
    – Mark L
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 7:38

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