Chapter 5. Global Customizations

Up to this point, we have discussed customizations that are selectively applied to sites. In this chapter, we talk about customizations that are globally applied to every site. We discuss customizing themes, automated emails, document icons, and online help.


Themes provide a quick way for users to customize their site’s look. Behind the scenes, all that is happening is the application of predefined style sheets.

There are two basic types of themes: SharePoint themes and FrontPage themes. SharePoint themes exist as physical content and configuration files on the SharePoint server. These are referenced dynamically in the site’s ASPX pages through a SharePoint web control. On the other hand, FrontPage themes ...

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