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SharePoint 2013 WCM Advanced Cookbook by John Chapman

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Editing a master page in SharePoint Designer

Since SharePoint 2007, Microsoft has released a companion application called SharePoint Designer with each version of SharePoint. Originally the successor to Microsoft FrontPage, SharePoint Designer provides users the ability to customize SharePoint sites based on their permissions. This includes master pages, page layouts, workflows, lists, libraries, and so on.

Note

The design view for editing master pages that was available in the previous versions has been removed from the 2013 version of SharePoint Designer.

SharePoint Designer uses the SharePoint web service APIs and remote procedure calls (RPC) to interact with the SharePoint server. This allows connecting to SharePoint from remote computers rather ...

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