Customizing WSS 3.0 with Master Pages
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Different Master Pages used in WSS 3

There are various Master Pages in WSS 3. The following are some of them.

For SharePoint Central Administration: The admin.master and popup.master pages are used for the SharePoint Central Administration content pages. These pages can be found under the 12 hive template\Admin.

Global Workspace Master Pages: These master pages can be found under the 12 hive\Template\ GLOBAL.

Basically, if you are looking for different Master Pages in SharePoint, just look under the Template folder and you might see some of the Master Pages you are looking for.

By default two Master Page files are used by WSS:

Default.master: As the name might suggest, this is used by all end user pages (default.aspx, all lists, document libraries, aspx pages, etc.). This file is located under 12 hive\Template\GLOBAL. You can change the default Master Page file through SharePoint Designer 2007. I will explain that later.

Application.master: These master pages are used for application pages. Again, located under 12hive\Template\layouts.


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Title: Edward   
Name: Logo Design
Date: 2012-07-06 4:10:56 AM
Comment:
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Title: ExternalLInks display   
Name: Sam
Date: 2010-04-18 12:22:10 PM
Comment:
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Title: Any way to use Cascading Master pages   
Name: Diwakar
Date: 2008-09-05 5:05:33 PM
Comment:
Is there a way to use Cascading Master pages? The scenario i have is - the root site will have the default master page, the sub site should be able to use their own Master page. I don't want to copy all the contents from the default Master Page and copy it into the Sub site's master page and then add the new stuff. Rather i want to leave the common stuff in the default master page and create the Sub Site master page with new stuff only. And when a page from the Sub site is rendered it uses the combination of two master pages.
Is this possible??
Title: And for wss v3?   
Name: Omar Damiani
Date: 2008-05-02 8:56:04 AM
Comment:
But this works only for MOSS 2007, for wss v3 what do you have to do to create/add a new Master Page?

For wss v3 in the Site Settings you don't have "Master Page" voice in the "Look and Feel" menù (as explained in the "Assigning your Master Page to your site" section of this article...)
Title: great article   
Name: klibey
Date: 2008-04-25 11:32:50 AM
Comment:
you mentioned in the part about adding the sitemap provider to the web.config file...
siteMapFile="Menu.sitemap"

this makes sense, the only thing I am wondering is
where would I drop my sitemap file at?

Thanks for the excellent resource,

Klibey
Title: WSS or Moss   
Name: Manuelito
Date: 2007-09-06 7:51:00 AM
Comment:
Hi,
I think it's about master pages for WSS and MOSS (because you show us snapshots of moss publishing sites)

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