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So if I create a new master page and copy the contents of root.master and edit the header/footer, will it work?
I don't think so - I tried that and it still rejected the master page. Root.master seems to be set up to resist any changes and I don't know if that can be fixed. If you figure it out, post back though as I'd like to know too.
It also depends on what mods you want to make. You can totally change the look with just css which doesn't require messing with the master page.
Is there any other way in your mind through which I can change header/footer? I want to include some images in my footer but the basic design doesn't allow me to do it.
Yes, it occurred to me after I posted the above that it depends on what you want to modify so I added a comment about using css. For images in the footer you could use background images and css.
Another trick is to open the site in Sharepoint Designer (2010) and look under "site options" in the ribbon. The definable elements and the default html used are listed there and the footer is one of them. You can modify anything you like and save it back to the site. I've found it's a convenient way to load site wide scripts like analytics code..
Can you tell me how can I change the footer with "Site Options"?
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And how can I edit the header?
This is Justin with Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Support. Thanks for replying to the thread mch.
@pv231- As indicated by mch initially, modifications to the header are restricted to the built in web editor tools. Take a look at the article below for using this feature. If you are able to customize this differently in SharePoint Designer, please post your progress so that others can benefit, but remember that this type of customization is outside support for the product.
Thanks and Regards,
Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Support
But can you tell how can I code or where can I code it?
any idea where this document has been moved to?
An updated link for help article can be found below which details the out of box supported features to modify the public facing website.
Justin RonanMicrosoft Office 365 SharePoint Support