I am using SharePoint 2010...........

When I create a sub-site and I go to "Site Settings" there is no option that will allow me to inherit site master page from parent of the site.

I have to manually go and type this URL in:


This then will take me to a page where I can set this setting.


  1. Why cant I get to this from the Site Settings?
  2. Is it possible to change a setting somewhere so that when ever I do create sub-sites to ALWAYS inherit the parent master page and parent theme?

2 Answers 2

  1. In order for this link to show up I think you need to have the Publishing Site and Web features activated.

  2. If my memory serves me I think activating the Publishing Web feature inherit at least the master page. Perhaps the Theme as well.

  • Number 1 worked for me thanks, but number 2 is still not answered, as I want this feature to ALWAYS be activated. I don't want to go back every time and activate this when I create a new sub-site.
    – Etienne
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 8:38
  • Is there a way to make sure that the "SharePoint Server Publishing" Feature is always activated somehere maybe in Central Administration?
    – Etienne
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 8:50

As Neil mentions, 1 is due to the publishing features - you need them to see that page.

Regarding 2, there is no way out of the box to do this.

If your branding is applied by a feature, you could use feature stapling to automatically turn on that branding when a new site is provisioned. This is the normal way of achieving that.

If not, well, you might want to create a feature so that you can do this!

Finally, you really don't want to always apply the same master page to child sites - certain sites, like meeting workspaces, use a different master page to 'normal' sites, and changing their master page to a typical 'team site' type one will break their functionality.

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