How to create a blank SharePoint Page? SharePoint Branding

I was working on a project where all my SharePoint inherits from a custom master page with predefined Page Layout.

I got a requirement where i need to create few pages with different layouts.

There are various ways to do this. One is to create a new Page Layout by coding and select your layout while adding new page to Page library, another way is to create a new master page (i.e. create a blank master page).

I followed second option. I created a copy of existing master and modified it accordingly.


  • I added a page with existing Page Layout.
  • I opened that page in SharePoint Designer 2010 and changed the master page name from top of the section.


<%@ Page language="C#" MasterPageFile="../_catalogs/masterpage/blank.master" ......


  • I checked in file and published.but it was showing my custom master page layout.
  • This is because your page is attached with an existing Page Layout.
  • To detach page layout, open Page Library, Right Click on Page and Select "Detach from Page Layout".





  • You have to replace the existing Page tag with below tag:

<%@ Page language="C#" MasterPageFile="../_catalogs/masterpage/blank.master" Inherits="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WebPartPage,Microsoft.SharePoint,Version=14.0.0.0,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" meta:progid="SharePoint.WebPartPage.Document" meta:webpartpageexpansion="full" %>


  • If you are getting below error (as shown in below screen). Then you must verify path of your master page file.




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