Branded Application Pages (layouts pages) in SharePoint 2010

Posted on 12/18/2010 @ 7:59 AM in #SharePoint by | Feedback | 1069 views

Application pages are now branded by default in SharePoint 2010. WOOHOO!!!

The DynamicMasterPageFile attribute in SharePoint 2010 master pages allows application pages start using the site’s master page instead of the application master page. If you want backwards compatibility with SharePoint 2007, i.e. you want unbranded application pages, here is what you can do,

a) You can change the MasterPageReferenceEnabled property to false in your SPWebApplication object, or
b) Go to central administration\application management\manage web application\select your web app … go to the ribbon, look for general settings\general settings, and detach application pages from the site’s master page.

I don’t see why you’d ever wanna do that, but hey if you want to .. go for it.

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Safeguarded application pages

Now for the fine print, there is something called as “Safeguarded application pages” in SP2010. These are pages, that IF IN CASE your custom master page screws up, they will automatically revert to use a master page that is guaranteed to work in the _layouts folder. Now that’s nice! That means, if you screw up, you always have a way to fix things. How nice! Here is a list of such safe guarded application pages -

  • AccessDenied.aspx

  • MngSiteAdmin.aspx

  • People.aspx

  • RecycleBin.aspx

  • ReGhost.aspx

  • ReqAcc.aspx

  • Settings.aspx

  • UserDisp.aspx

  • ViewLsts.aspx

Have fun!

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On 3/29/2011 10:08:16 PM Jorge Carvalho said ..
Thanks! Great tip!

"I don’t see why you’d ever wanna do that, but hey if you want to .. go for it."

Well then, let me explain you how useful this tip was for me. On the anonymous, web


facing site I've been working on, there is a width strict limitation of +-900px, which actually crops most application pages.

With this option off, anon users browsing the site will see the full branding, and we can have the full screen to look at pages such as e.g. analytics reports :-)

Thanks again