SharePoint Designer 2010 cannot edit master pages

Getting this popup error when trying to edit a master page in SharePoint 2010

“Master page editing has been disabled for this site. Contact the site collection administrator to request permission.”


To resolve this problem:

Go to Site Actions and click on SharePoint Designer Settings under Site Collection Administration and enable the desired settings.

– Enable Customizing Master Pages and Layout Pages

There are also more settings you can enable if you want to:

–  Enable Detaching Pages from the Site Definition

–  Enable Managing of the Web Site URL Structure

4 thoughts on “SharePoint Designer 2010 cannot edit master pages

  1. Sabby_SharePoint

    Does SharePoint foundation have Site collection administration option available in SharePoint Foundation 2010.
    If Yes, then where it is available.


  2. Sangram Gawade

    I’m Site Collection Administrator but I can’t see the option Sharepoint Designer setting in Site under site collection administrator

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