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S H A R E P O I N T D E S I G N E R S E T T I N G S
As you’ve probably noticed, Microsoft has decided to really push SharePoint Designer as a fun
and exciting way to extend the powers of your SharePoint sites. One of the new features is
letting site owners and designers (rather than just site administrators) use Designer to modify,
edit, and change the sites. On the SharePoint Designer Settings page, you can control how much
power and control SharePoint Designer users will have over the sites within this site collection.
See Figure 10.16.
FIGURE 10.16
The SharePoint
Designer
Settings page
Allow Owners and Designers to use SharePoint Designer in this site collection U n l e s s
you want to encourage your more advanced users to use SharePoint Designer, you’ll want to
deselect the first box (which is enabled by default). This prevents site owners and designers
from editing the sites via SharePoint Designer at all.
If you do want to let them customize the sites, you can go further by also granting them the
following permissions:
Allow Owners and Designers to Detach Pages from the Site Definition Allowing
owners and designers to detach pages from the site definition does two important things. In
SharePoint Designer, it enables the Edit In Advanced Mode option for any pages. This lets
owners and designers completely edit the page, and not be restricted to just editing the Web
Parts sections. It also detaches that page from the underlying site definition, so if the
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