I’ve come across a handful of sticky footer solutions and many of them claiming to work in SharePoint. Most of the CSS ones just can’t cut it b/c of how SharePoint 2010 now adjusts the page height for the scrollbar / Ribbon. It just never seems to work. A few solutions that do work involve jQuery, now I don’t like this b/c now you need to add the reference to the jQuery library. This is just another resource that if not needed I’d rather not add. My solution was written in JavaScript so that no additional resources are needed. Just attach the JavaScript file and adjust it as I’ll demonstrate to get it to work on your site.

For the impatient: Download script here , Read Instructions under the Solution header

Current Issue

So every time I do a new master page with a footer, I am stuck with a page that has no content and the footer is floating way above the bottom of the page like so.

This is using the OOTB V4.master (a copy of course), and my footer placed right above the Developer Dashboard so it’s the last thing inside the #s4-bodyContainer.

(Style put inline for demonstration purposes)

Even if you go outside the #s4-bodyContainer and place the footer, as the last element in s4-workspace you’ll get the same effect. (I’ve added comments this time to show where I am in the master page)

If you go below the s4-workspace, you will get a very undesirable effect, because SharePoint only detects things inside the workspace and uses that to resize the page. SO you’ll see your footer for a second then it will be pushed out of frame!


Again as stated in the problem statement, many of the solutions you’ll find rely on jQuery. This one is in JavaScript so that you don’t have to worry about loading that jQuery library. This solution will analyze the size of the view space and adjust the body container taking in considers of the height of the footer, the ribbon & itself.

Step 1) To utilize this script the placement of your footer must be between the s4-bodyContainer & s4-workspace.

(Comments were added by my and will not be there on the default master page)

Step 2 ) Download the JavaScript file here.

Step 3 ) Add the js file to your SharePoint site

Step 4 ) Add the reference in the Master Page, somewhere before the </head> tag

Once you complete all the steps your footer will now be properly placed at the bottom of a short page. It will even update itself when the page is stretched or shrunk.

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