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Branding App:


1. Purpose: The Branding App allows you to change various aspects of the master page quickly and easily (see image below). If you are logged in as a site administrator, there should be a branding app link on the Global Top Nav bar. If not, you can get to it using the following links:







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a. For SharePoint 2010 users: http://<servername>/_layouts/spi/custombranding/branding_v1.5.aspx


b. For SharePoint 2013 users: http://<servername>/_layouts/spi/custombranding/branding_v2.aspx








2. Elements:

a. On the left is a frame into the current home page. You can change which page you are looking at by the dropdown on the right side where it says "Layout". NOTE that no matter which page you are viewing here, the changes ARE GLOBAL. The pages that are listed in this dropdown are controlled from the list called "Intranet Page Layout Links". It is found on the intranet home site.


b. On the right, is a setting called Mode. It can be in Publish mode or Preview mode. When you make your changes while in Publish mode, all users see the changes right away (they may have to press ctl-F5 to refresh their cache). In Preview mode, the changes are confined to only your screen.


c. The "Set Original Branding" button will take away all of your changes and go back to the default settings of when you first installed IBX.


d. The "Back to Intranet" button will get you out of the branding app and back to the home page (NOTE: that it may not take you to your current home page but rather just to home.aspx). Obviously you could just manually alter your URL to take yourself back to where you need to be.


e. Brandable Areas" on the right is a section that contains links to areas on the page that you can change. Currently, the branding app supports changes to:

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1. Background: Deals with the background of the whole page. You can make the background a solid color or an image. You can also


2. Ribbon Area: This band is where you see the links for Site Actions, Browse, and Page. You can make the background of the ribbon band a solid color or an image. And you can change the background color of the Site Actions dropdown menu.


3. Title Area: This band holds the logo image, search box, I Like It button, and Tags & Notes button. You can change the dimensions of the logo container and the background color/image of this band.


4. Top Navigation: This band holds the top nav items. You can affect the background color and many font properties of not only the band itself but also of the dropdowns (when a user mouse-hovers over a particular top nav item). You can also specify border properties surrounding each top nav item when the user mouse-hovers over each item. There's even an option to turn on/off Megamenus (versus regular menus) and specify background and font properties for that.


5. Web Part: Web parts can be configured (not individually... your changes are global). Web part properties you can change include: title bar (background color/image, height, font properties), background color/image of the body and also the font properties of text located in the body, read more buttons (background color/image, font properties), and finally the border of the whole part (color, thickness).


6. Quick Launch Menu: The Side Menu/Quick Launch can be configured in terms of the


7. Footer: Change the footer's background color or image and you can change the text color.


8. Page Width: Change the width of the page to occupy any # of pixels or percentage.... like 100% would occupy the whole page's width. Ideally, this should be set to 85%. The web parts will automatically adjust themselves to match -- they have fluid width capability!


3. Notes on the Color Picker control for SharePoint 2010 users: If you want a solid background color for a particular element, find its "Color" textbox. A color picker window is launched. Sometimes to move the color within the color area on the left, you may have to grab the circle and then move it. There's also the vertical slider to make further refinements to the color. After you've finished playing with the color controls, make sure you click the round icon on the bottom-right corner of the color picker window to actually choose that color. That actually fills in the color # into the color textbox.


4. Notes on gradient images: If you'd prefer an image instead of a solid color for certain backgrounds (like for the whole page or for just the web part title background), click on the Browse button next to the "Image" textbox and find an image file on your local computer. To make it a gradient, go into your favorite paint program and draw a very tall line with gradient colors (let's say 5 pixels wide by 1380 pixels tall). When applied as the background image, it will automatically get stretched horizontally across the entire page! We have included a couple of sample lines in the "graphics" folder in the trial version you have downloaded. This image is using the file "gradient_line_bluewhite.jpg" as the background image.

5. Publishing your changes: If you are in Preview mode and not in Publish mode, then click Preview. If you are already in Publish mode, that's it... all of your changes are already visible to all users on the intranet. Sometimes, you may have to press ctl-F5 on a particular page for the changes to show up (due to caching).


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