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Default.Master Problem

  Asked By: Donavan    Date: Dec 15    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3230

Our Coder who has no SharePoint training (coding or otherwise)has done something
to the site, I believe it has to do with the Default.Master.

The site no longer highlights the menu tab of your current site and the sites
down menu's (for example a news site) no longer appear. (Both are site wide, not
on individual sites.)

He says doesn't know what he did and I don't have enough of a SharePoint
Developer background to troubleshoot.

So do you think it is the default.master?
I just want to reset it back to the way it was, so can I just use a
default.master from my pre-deploy machine to restore it?



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Natasha Bennett     Answered On: Dec 15

I am assuming this is a collabortation portal, is this correct?

Has anyone played with the default.master page? You can look in SharePoint
designer at the history of the file to determine if changes have been made
if not, the perhaps it is a setting in the naviagation. If changes have
been made it will relate to the ASPMenu control for the topnav. This is an
OOB topnav ASPMenu control:

<StaticMenuItemStyle CssClass="ms-topnav" ItemSpacing="0px"/>
<StaticSelectedStyle CssClass="ms-topnavselected" />
<StaticHoverStyle CssClass="ms-topNavHover" />
<DynamicMenuStyle BackColor="#F2F3F4" BorderColor="#A7B4CE"
<DynamicMenuItemStyle CssClass="ms-topNavFlyOuts"/>
<DynamicHoverStyle CssClass="ms-topNavFlyOutsHover"/>
<DynamicSelectedStyle CssClass="ms-topNavFlyOutsSelected"/>
The change you are talking about would relate to the
MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels property.

If the master  has not been modified, then perhaps something has changed in
the top level navigation of your portal. In order for the flyouts to work
as you have outlined, ensure that navigation is setup correctly. Go to Site
Actions> site  Setting>Modifiy All Site Settings>Look and Feel> Navigation.
Upon this page ensure that under current  Navigation that "Display the
current site, the naviation items below the current site and the site's
siblings" is selected.

Answer #2    Answered By: Angel Matthews     Answered On: Dec 15

Does the Master Page show a little blue icon with the letter 'i' in SharePoint
Designer? Right-click the Master Page and select Reset to Site Definition.

Answer #3    Answered By: Ravindra Salvi     Answered On: Dec 15

I will have to check this out. I didn't know it could be reset

Answer #4    Answered By: Rahul Sharma     Answered On: Dec 15

If the default.master was edited using SharePoint then you will see the blue
icon described when you look at the file stored in _catalogs/masterpages in
SharePoint Designer . It can then be reset  using SharePoint Designer.

If the file was edited directly from the 12 hive using any other editor, then
you will need to restore  a clean copy of the file from a backup or other

Answer #5    Answered By: Jagjit Phutane     Answered On: Dec 15

You can restore  your WebApplication .
But you have to have the master.page copy at all the time.

Answer #6    Answered By: Janak Jadeja     Answered On: Dec 15

Well, as a last resort, you can reset  the site  to the site definition.
Otherwise, install sharepoint  on a clean vm or something and grab the default
master from that instance and copy it over

Answer #7    Answered By: Jude Alston     Answered On: Dec 15

I fear that he may have done something bad.
Any new sites  do not show up on the menu. You can manually browse to them.
When you select site  Settings > Site master  Page Settings you get the following
The site master page setting currently applied to this site is invalid. Please
select a new master page and apply it
The system master page setting currently applied to this site is invalid.
Please select a new master page and apply it.

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