How can I make sure that I can view and use all of the site objects in SharePoint 2010 Designer?

My system administrator setup a SharePoint server, and I installed SharePoint Designer.

I created a Site and tried to modify the masterpage, but I kept getting errors.

Masterpage error

Here's what my Site Settings look like for the SharePoint Designer. All checkboxes are checked.

Site settings

I looked at my site objects and compared them to others. I noticed that I am missing certain items.

Here is a screenshot:

Site Objects

I don't have the "Masterpage" item or "All Files" item under Site Objects. Is this because I am missing permissions? Or can we specify to add them somewhere in SharePoint?

4 Answers 4


It's possible it's turned off at the Web Application level.

Those settings can only be changed in Central Administration. You'll have to ask your SharePoint Admin to check the settings there.

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  • I verified and it is enabled ... This is really weird...
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 12:21
  • I found the problem, I was just on the wrong web application ... Derp.
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 18:28

It could also be your permission level - by default you need to be a Site Collection Administrator to see All Files and probably to change the Master Page too.

  • Thanks, I thought that was the issue as well. I tried setting myself as the primary site collection administrator with full control... Afterwards, I tried restarting my designer and trying the modify the master page again - but to no avail.
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 12:20

I figured out the problem. I was on the wrong web application. I selected the right one and was able to set the correct permissions afterwards.



In my case, this the issue was caused by the url used to connect to the site in SharePoint 2010 Designer. This is the url you enter into the below dialog after clicking Open Site.

SharePoint 2010 Designer Open Site Dialog

The All Files, Master Pages and Page Layouts showed after removing the port number from the url.

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