Easiest way to customize SharePoint Master Pages

I have seen lot of articles about customizing master pages of MOSS 2007. But all were talking about basic customization. What happen when you want to totally brand the pages. The best way to do so is to develop a theme for MOSS & write a brand new masterfile without copying the default master file. This is a nightmare with Sharepoint designer, because you cant easily identify the css elements and html elements.

The solution I found was using the IE developer toolbar. It was the savior for me.

You can download the toolbar from here

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2 thoughts on “Easiest way to customize SharePoint Master Pages

  1. Hello 🙂
    Thank you for the tip indeed.. I started by copying the default master and core.css and customized those well through sharepoint designer which wasnt easy at all..! but i have a question about your method.. did you take in concideration that you need your new design/branding to take effect also on _layout pages? or simply it wasnt a requirement in your case 🙂
    thank you

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