This file may not be moved, deleted, renamed or otherwise edited in SharePoint Designer

When I tried to rename a copy from Seattle Master Page ,  I got the following error :

Server error : This file may not be moved, deleted, renamed or otherwise edited.

this-file-may-not-be-moved-deleted-renamed-or-otherwise-edited

Cause:

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new publishing feature that called Design Manager, With Design Manager, you can create a visual design for your website by  using only HTML and CSS, and then upload that design into SharePoint that will be converted to a Master Page package consists of two files (*.Html ,*.master).

In a case of  you tried to create a master page with only a *.master file , and you need to rename or edit it , SharePoint will try to find the *. Html file that already not exist  so you will get this error .

Server error : This file may not be moved, deleted, renamed or otherwise edited.

So if you tried to copy Seattle / Oslo Master Page , you should copy *.Html file rather than the *.master file that will generate automatically a copy of both *.Html and *.master file.

Solution :

  • Copy *.Html file of the Master Page.

Copy seattle.gif

  • Once you paste it, you will note that it automatically generates a copy of  both *.Html and *.master file.
  • Now you can rename *.Html file that will be reflected also to *.master file.

Note :

  • If you need to delete the master page, you should delete *.Html file instead of *.master file.
  • If you have a custom Page layout and you need to publish it , try to publish *.Html file, not *.aspx file.

Enjoy 🙂

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