Recover from broken pages in SharePoint 2010

I’ve used various mod’s of this trick for different CMS’s over the years, here’s the one for SharePointΒ 2010 (thanks itgroove Β Sean!).

So you’ve applied a new master page or page layout, tinkered with something you didn’t think was going to break in the UI, and now you’re left with a mangled wreck of a site layoutΒ  or an error screen you can’t seem to backtrack out of.

A simple thing to try: type in your site root and type in any page out of the main /_layouts folder, so something like:/

With any luck you will be returned to the pristine joy of the out-of-the-box SharePoint Master Page main site settings.

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