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If you wish to create a custom theme in a WSS installation and wanted to install that theme into your Sharepoint installation, you will realize that there is no quick and easy one click method to do it. Below are the steps to illustrate what has to be done to upload a new theme to the WSS installation

  1. After creating your theme, copy the content of the theme into the "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\THEMES" folder
  2. Open SPTHEMES.XML located in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033"
  3. Add another child node to the <SPThemes> tag to reflect the name of your new theme
  4. Capture the screen of the new theme and save the file in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\IMAGES". The name of the file is suppose to be the same as the name of the thumbnail as highlighted in point 3
  5. Run iisreset.

And you're done!

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 1:37 AM | Back to top

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