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Custom themes (SPS.CSS vs OWS.CSS vs THEMES.CSS)

  Asked By: Colby    Date: Jan 15    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 11058

Hi guys,

I grabbed the SDK from the Microsoft site
www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx which really just consists of a
.CHM file. It gets installed to C:\SharePointProductsandTechnologiesSDK
and doesn't tell you (or create a start menu entry etc.) so watch for

Anyways, there's two sections on customizing the look of SharePoint. One
is where you can create a custom theme to apply to the subsites you can
create. This involves copying an existing theme from
Local_Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server
Extensions\60\TEMPLATE\THEMES, renaming it and changing some stylesheets
(GRAPH0.CSS, GRAPH1.CSS, THEMES.CSS, etc.). The other customization
refers to being able to change the OWS.CSS file which is in
Local_Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server
Extensions\60\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033\STYLES. In the directory with
OWS.CSS there's also a file called SPS.CSS which, when changed really
does affect the main site.

Basically I've boiled it down to:

1. SPS.CSS is for customizing the colours for the main portal site

2. OWS.CSS is the default look for subsites created off the portal site

So the question is where do the themes fit in? I'm trying to create a
new theme to match our corporate look'n'feel. That was fine but changing
the stylesheet and even reapplying the theme does nothing. Does a site
copy the theme or something, if so where?

The only options I have right now are:

1. Customize OWS.CSS and don't apply a theme to subsites
2. Find out where the subsites are reading their style information from
because it sure isn't the THEME directory

Anyone got any ideas? Thanks.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Toby Singleton     Answered On: Jan 15

You are on the right lines, checking the css  files for the ones that
provide a default  throughout your organisation. From memory
(getting old so may not be correct) global.css may be the one you
are looking for.

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