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This months issue January 2000
Welcome to this month's edition of the FrontPage Bulletin. Be sure to visit us on the Web at:
Welcome to our Special Edition FrontPage Newsletter! We thought that for
the first newsletter of the new millennium you deserved something a bit
special, so we have compiled some of our favourite FrontPage Hints and Tips.
Check out the "Quick Tips" section for those useful little things you may
not know, or amaze your fellow Web-masters with some lesser known FrontPage
tricks in the "Tips and Tricks" section. Finally, browse the "Did You Know"
section for tips that could change your FrontPage life! Read on and enjoy,
and look out for news of an exciting event for your chance to win a
Pocket PC and Office 2000....
*** QUICK TIPS ***
MAKING YOUR FORMATTING CONSISTENT
If you have a piece of perfectly formatted text and you want to copy the
formatting of that text (including DHTML effects etc) to another piece of
text, use the Format Painter button. Simply select the formatted text,
click on the Format Painter and "swipe" the unformatted text. To apply the
formatting several times, double click on the Format Painter.
SORTING COLUMNS IN A REPORT
If you use the Reports views within FrontPage (and some are jolly useful),
you can sort on a particular column within a report by clicking on the
required column heading. To do a reverse sort, click the column heading
GETTING RID OF TABLE BORDERS
When you create a table it is set as a default to show the borders - which
is all well and good. However, if you want to remove them, set the Border
Size to 0 in the Table Properties dialog box.
UPDATING PAGE TITLES IN NAVIGATION VIEW
If you are in Navigation View and decide to change the titles of the pages,
here's a quick way: press the Tab key and the title of the first page of the
Web will be available for editing. When you've changed the title, press Tab
again and you can cycle round all the pages in the View changing the titles
COMPLICATED LAYOUTS IN FORMS
It can be difficult to line up lots of Form fields satisfactorily with
complex form layouts. One way of overcoming this is to use a table for the
basic structure of the form - it's an easy way of lining everything up
WORKING WITH THE FORM TOOLBAR
If you're working with a form adding various types of Form fields, it can be
slow having to keep returning to the Insert menu, choosing Form and then the
relevant field. As an alternative to doing this, consider "tearing off" the
list of Form fields to have them floating on their own toolbar. To "tear
off" the list of fields, drag the grey bar at the top of the Form fields
list to another part of the screen, and the toolbar will appear.
CUSTOMISING THE MENUS AND TOOLBARS
If you want a quick way to customise the menus and toolbars this is it: to
move a menu or toolbar button to a different location, hold down the Alt key
and drag the menu or button to the required place. If you would prefer to
copy the item, hold down the Control key as well.
*** TIPS AND TRICKS ***
FINDING YOUR PLACE IN HTML VIEW
This is a handy tip if you want to do something to a piece of text in HTML
view, but it's hard to find the text quickly. Simply go to Normal view and
find the text, highlight it, then switch back to HTML view and it will still
be highlighted, standing out instantly.
WORKING WITH LINE NUMBERS IN HTML VIEW
If you need to go to a particular line number in HTML view, you can use the
Go To facility by pressing Control G and then typing in the line number that
you want to go to. Another use for the Go To facility is quickly finding
the line number of the line that you are on: when you access the Go To
facility on a particular line, that line number will show already in the
CREATING TABLES IN HTML VIEW
This must be one of the best tips! If you spend most of your time working
in HTML View, but use a lot of tables, you don't need to switch to Normal
View to create a new table with the Insert Table button. Strange as it
sounds, you can do just that in HTML view - and when you release the mouse
after dragging out the size of the table, the table will be converted to the
FLOATING A TABLE
If you want text to flow around a table, you need to make that table float.
To do this, access the Table Properties dialog box for the relevant table,
and then choose Left or Right as the setting in the Float list box.
FINDING A PAGE IN NAVIGATION VIEW
If you've been working with the pages in your Web you can find that you've
changed some titles so that they no longer really match the filenames you
gave them originally. This makes it hard to match the filenames and titles
in Navigation view - unless you know this quick tip! Go to Navigation View,
select the required file in the folder list, right click on it, choose the
Find in Navigation option, and the corresponding page will be highlighted in
the tree structure.
LETTING THE BACKGROUND SHINE THROUGH!
Have you ever inserted a graphic into your Web that has its own ideas about
background colours, and sits rather awkwardly on top of your own rather
sophisticated background? Well, no more - try this! Select the graphic,
and then choose the Set Transparent Colour button on the Pictures toolbar.
The mouse pointer will change to an eraser and all you have to do is to
click on the colour that you'd like your background to replace.
*** DID YOU KNOW ? ****
CUSTOMISING THEMES IN FRONTPAGE 2000
You can now customise Themes in FrontPage 2000, changing the elements to
suit the Web that you are designing. If you want to try this, go to the
Themes dialog box, click on the Modify button and away you go! And as if
that wasn't exciting enough, once you've modified a Theme to your own
requirements, that Theme will be available in products like Word to ensure
consistency of Themes across the Office products.
CUSTOM IMAGES IN HOVER BUTTONS
Hover Buttons are great - they add visual appeal in a discreet but exciting
way! Did you know, though, that you can have an image of your choice
appearing on the face of the Hover Button and another when it's hovered on?
To try this, click on the Custom button of the Hover Button Properties
dialog box and supply the relevant picture files in the Custom area.
LAYERING GRAPHICS ON A PAGE
If you want to layer graphics on a page, all you have to do is to change the
Z-order in the Position dialog box for the graphic. First change the
Positioning Style of the graphic to Absolute and then play around with the
Z-order. Numbers above 0 mean that the graphics float above the text, while
negative numbers mean that the graphics go behind the text. If you want
graphics to be layered on top of one another, give them appropriately higher
or lower Z-order numbers depending how high up the "pile" you want them to
Adding comments to your Web pages is a great tool if you work with other
people on those pages, and an added advantage is that you don't need to
delete them before publishing your Web because they don't show in the
browser. Or do they? In fact, although they really don't show in the
browser, they are still present in the HTML code. Anyone viewing the source
code of the page will be able to read them - be warned!
*** AND FINALLY... ***
For more information visit:
MICROSOFT WINDOWS 2000 LAUNCH, 18TH FEBRUARY 2000
Earls Court, London and venues around the UK and Ireland
This is your opportunity to hear how Microsoft Windows 2000 and Office 2000
will give you the desktop tools required to work without limitations.
With live demonstrations we will show you how you can access email
on your mobile phone, use the latest wireless Pocket PC to communicate
anywhere, and talk to your car with AutoPC running on Windows
technology. You'll be amazed by these great productivity devices
and end user power tips, all designed to show you how Windows 2000
and the Office 2000 family combine to revolutionise the way we work
Be one of over 2,000 delegates present at the start at this
FREE OF CHARGE event. If you can't make the main event,
then catch a Road Show near to you throughout March - check
out the Web address above for dates, locations and registration.
All attendees at the main event and regional events will be entered
into a prize draw for one of 15 HP Jornada Pocket PCs and a copy of Office 2000.
*** OTHER EVENTS ***
For more information visit:
The next FrontPage User Group National Seminar is on 14th March. The event is hosted
at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire, from 9AM to 4PM.
Full details of agenda and registration will be posted on the FrontPage User
Group website. Please note that Microsoft is not taking registrations for the
event, you should contact the FUG for further information.
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