I created a simple master page with the site actions link; everything looked fine when I previewed my pages, however, when I
click to edit the page the ‘exit edit mode’ link is not displayed.
This is a common fault with the Microsoft and Heather Solomon Minimal Master Pages. If you use these, the Exit Edit Mode console call is missing.
The problem is caused by the WSSDesignConsole control. This control would normally look like this in your master page:
This will give you the little toolbar with the exit edit mode link, but the problem is caused by the HTML that this little guy renders. It was designed to fit within a default SharePoint master page, with its HTML around it in all the tables based glory that it is. So what they did here is to start the edit toolbar with a
And just like that your problems are solved. Now you can also set some properties of the table, like a border, width, height, or whatever else you want. An easy fix for an annoying problem.