Monthly Archives: April 2014

SP1 for SharePoint 2013 has been rereleased

SP1 for SharePoint 2013 has been rereleased

Customers with Service Pack 1 Deployed

For customers who have previously deployed Service Pack 1, download the updated Service Pack 1 and install over the existing Service Pack 1 running PSConfig or PSConfigUI immediately following.

Customers without Service Pack 1

For customers without Service Pack 1 deployed, download the updated Service Pack 1 package and deploy as per the KB documentation.

You can find the complete documentation and download links here –

All the tweaks for Custom Theme to appear in SP 2013

Its a pain to bring the Custom Theme correctly in SharePoint 2013. There are lots of factors that influence in bringing the preview on “Change the look” aka Theme selection page.

Custom Theme in SharePoint 2013

Custom Theme in SharePoint 2013

Check the below steps if you are stuck.

Custom master page

1. Create your own custom master page and upload it into the Master page and page layouts gallery.
2. While uploading, make sure that the “Master page” content type is selected. Sometimes this content type will not be available in the drop down. In this case, go to the Master page and page layouts library settings and select “Change new button order and default content type”. Select “Master Page” as a content type if not selected.

Preview file for custom master page

1. Download a copy of any of the existing preview files, for e.g, seattle.preview or oslo.preview.
2. Rename them to the name of the custom master page and upload it back to the gallery.
3. Make sure that the content type “Master Page  Preview” is selected.

Composed Looks

1. Make an entry for Composed Looks for the new master page.
2. Make sure that the master page file, spfont file and spcolor file are given right paths and that too the right names. Please bear in mind that the names are case sensitive too. (*sigh*)

Change the Look

Hope your theme appears in here now and go ahead and apply for the site. If not, check for the steps again.

SharePoint 2013 SP1 is pulled back

SharePoint 2013 SP1 has been pulled back. Those who have not installed it yet, hold on.

Notice from Microsoft “We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published.”