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SP newbie here. Just wanna ask if I can add Sharepoint tags in the HTML master page (.html file). I am quite confused on where should I put my codes. Most articles I found on the web say I should edit the master page. Is it referring to the .html file or the .master file?

Also, is it better (or not) if I break the association of the .html file and the .master file? I think I'll be working on lots of customizations. Should I decide to break it and work directly with the .master file, can I delete the .html file?

UPDATE I am using Sharepoint 2013 Enterprise Edition

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    Please state your SharePoint version. This should be mandatory. There is a boatload of differences between 2013 and earlier version. I assume you are on 2013, so the answer provided by @MikeTran13 misses your question totally. Things are different in 2013. – teylyn Jan 17 '14 at 7:25
  • @teylyn The version tags should only be used in questions with problems related to a specific version (not earlier, not future versions). See discussion in meta meta.sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/1004/…. In this case it feels valid though :) – Robert Lindgren Jan 17 '14 at 9:47
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You absolutely can do that. You can customize your master page by Sharepoint Designer or you can create a project with master page file. In that, you can customize the master page as you want and create a feature for that. Your master page will be applied to your site when the feature is activated.

You can refer to these links:

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