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Starting Microsoft FrontPage 2003

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When you have decided on a Theme you like, click-on Apply as default theme or Apply to selected page(s). It will take a few seconds for the theme to be applied to your pages.
If you chose Apply as default theme, the Microsoft FrontPage 2003 warning screen below will appear. It indicates that all of your formatting will be changed to the theme you selected. Click Yes.

If you chose Apply to selected page(s), you will not see this warning screen. It will only appear when a theme is applied to every page. You will now notice that the theme you chose has been applied to this page. Look at it carefully and notice the Title, buttons and links. They are now incorporated into your theme.

If you don’t like this theme, use the above process to choose other themes. Take you time and find a theme that you like.

Our current home page (index.htm) looks like the image below.

Next we’ll look at our pages in the browser we chose, but first click-on File in the Menu bar and then click-on Save All. Remember, when you are in the Design view, you’ll need to save your changes to each page just like you did in the Creating a Single Web Page tutorial. You can save each page individually, or all of them at the same time with Save All. Don’t forget to save frequently as you are editing your individual web pages.

Now click-on the Preview in Browser button as you did before, or on File in the Menu bar and then on Preview in Browser.

When your home page appears in the browser notice that as you run the cursor over the links that the small pointy hand appears. Click-on the About Me text link on the left. When the About Me web page appears notice that the About Me button at the top is “highlighted” compared to the other buttons. Also note that as you move the cursor over the buttons they become highlighted to indicate that they are active links. Browse around your web site and see how it works. Pretty awesome! Just a few clicks and look at what you have created!

Back to the FrontPage 2003 to place text, images and other “things” in your web pages

You have now learned all of the steps to create a web site, it’s time to go back to Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and add the “thingsyou desire on each web page. This is normally a three-step process.

First, make sure you are in the Navigation view. If you are not, click-on the Web Site tab at the top of your screen.

Then click-on the Navigation button at the bottom of the screen.

When you see your web site organization chart, double-click quickly on your page in the chart that you desire to work with (e.g. Hobbies, About Me, etc.). As before, this will take you to the Design view and your selected page.
Once you have gone to the page of your choice, type-in text, inserted some pictures and graphics, created some links, and whatever else that you want on that page, save the page and then preview it in a browser. Then repeat this cycle as you work on your other pages. This is what you did when as you completed the Creating a Single Web Page tutorial.
The Creating a Web Page Using Microsoft FrontPage 2003 tutorial will show you how to do all of this if you have forgotten the process.
Using Ctrl+Click to move from one web page to another in your web site

There is another way to move around between your various web pages in Design view if you don’t want to keep going back and forth between the Navigation and the Design view. When you are in Design view, move your cursor slowly over one of the links and pause on the link. You will notice that a little text help box appears that indicates: Use Ctrl+Click to follow a hyperlink. This means that if you want edit the page, to which the link connects, you should hold down one of the Ctrl keys at the bottom of the keyboard and then, when you move the mouse over a link you will see the arrow cursor change to the pointy hand cursor when you are over the link. When you see this, if you click the left mouse button, in a few moments, you will go to that web page in the Design view. This takes a little skill and patience. So, if you don’t link on the first try, try again.

Copying other text documents into web pages
As you get more accomplished in your web skills, you will probably not want to recreate “things” that you have written previously – like your resume, lesson plans for courses, etc. You can highlight the document in your word processor, and copy it into the selected web page.

This works well if you follow the following procedure. Highlight your document, in your word processor, Copy it to your clipboard by your favorite method (Edit-Copy, Copy button, etc.).
Then, go to the page, in FrontPage 2003, where you desire to insert your document. Click-on Edit in the Menu Bar and then choose Paste Special.

The following Convert Text menu screen will appear. We suggest that you choose Normal paragraphs. This will “hold” most of your formatting from your word processor.

Since you are “going into” HTML, you will have to do some editing to “re-center” portions of your text, and “make” some double-spaces, single-space.
When you have made your choice, click OK.

Or you can, in the word processor of your choice, save the document as a HTML file and then Copy the saved file, from your word processor, into your web page in Microsoft Design view. You can also open a word-processed document directly into a web page. All of this takes a little skill and practice, so you may want to practice these techniques.

Publishing your web site
Once you have created a web site it’s logical that you’ll want to “publish” it on the World Wide Web. To do this you’ll need someone who has the technical capability to do this. There are lots of Internet Service Providers (ISP) who can do this. If you are currently using an Internet service like America on Line (AOL), CompuServe, Microsoft Network (MSN), or a local company – contact them. The rates range from free or inexpensive, for a small web site, to whatever.

What now?
The two tutorials (in this document) will give you a decent foundation in how to create web pages, edit them, and collect them into a meaningful web site. You now have the basic information. If you desire to further your knowledge, you might want to take a web class or purchase a good advanced reference manual. The one we like best at the moment is Microsoft Press’s Microsoft FrontPage 2003 – Inside Out.
Also, if you desire “instant” assistance on a feature in FrontPage there is a web connection in the program if you are “on-line.” If you click-on Help in the Menu bar and then click-on Microsoft on the Web, you will be linked to a main assistance screen for the Microsoft program in which you’re working. Often we find that someone else has already asked the same question – so a good first place to check is Frequently Asked Questions.
Congratulations. You have now successfully completed a small web site.
Microsoft Office Tutorials
In addition to this tutorial, other Office tutorials are available at:
This site is updated frequently with tutorial revisions as well as tutorials from a number of collegiate institutions. Please feel free to visit and down load as you desire.

This has been an introduction into the basics of FrontPage 2003. If you have any questions about FrontPage 2003, or comments on this tutorial, please contact:

Thank you for your patience and good luck.

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