SharePoint 2010 – SharePoint Designer Settings

SharePoint 2010 allows for more granular control of the use of SharePoint Designer within web apps and site collections for Site Owners and Site Designers. The following table represents the different configuration options available.

The following are the different options site collection administrators can configure (Note Site Administrators will be able to do all items listed below, unless they are blocked in Central Admin for that web application):

Item Description
Allow SharePoint Designer to be used in this Site Collection Specify whether to allow users to edit sites in this Web Application using SharePoint Designer.
Allow Site Admins to Detach Pages from the Site Template Specify whether to allow site administrators to detach pages from the original site definition using SharePoint Designer.
Allow Site Admins to Customize Master Pages and Layout Pages Specify whether to allow site administrators to customize Master Pages and Layout Pages using SharePoint Designer.
Allow Site Admins to see the URL structure of their Web Site Specify whether to allow site administrators to manage the URL structure of their Web site using SharePoint Designer.

Out of the box for a team site, the settings are as follows:


They can be configured for the web application:


Once disabled at the web application level, site administrators would see something similar to the following:


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