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Find Master Page applied to pages using SP Designer 2010

Posted by sharepoinTony on March 29, 2011

Recently, a very experienced developer commented that SharePoint Designer 2010 would not show what master page is applied, nor will it show you all of the available master pages.

That is FALSE!

Granted, SharePoint Designer 2010 has its limitations and hard-core devs will probably never “like” it (and I don’t mean on FB).  However SPD gets a bad rap – often just because people haven’t taken the time to learn the tool.    It CAN do all sorts of things and can make your life easier, if you choose to learn about it and use it.  OK, enough lecturing…on to meat of the matter.  This may not be the most ‘elegant’ method of acquiring this information, but it doesn’t hurt anything and it does work.

How to view the Master Page that is applied to a page

  1. Open SPD, Open your site
  2. Navigate to the Site Pages under Site Objects
  3. Select the aspx page in the main window and Right-Click and select Open With…
  4. Select SharePoint Designer (Open as text)
  5. Near the top of the code you will see “MasterPageFile=” – this lists the Master Page that is applied to this page


Obviously you can see the Master Pages by selecting “Master Pages” in the Navigation panel under Site Objects.


One Response to “Find Master Page applied to pages using SP Designer 2010”

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