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Using the FrontPage web authoring tool is very similar to using Microsoft Word, so if you are a Word user, using FrontPage is very easy. Because FrontPage is designed specifically for the writing of web pages, it includes features specifically for creating personalized web pages.
To create a web document using FrontPage, open the FrontPage editor with a new document. Enter text as you would in any editor, which is how this page is being created. To name and save the document, select File/Save As. Choose the directory and name for the file, and it will be be saved with the extension htm to inidicate that this is an html document.
That's it!! You have now created a web page. Now you can easily modify and enhance it for the content and appearance that you desire.
Notice that saving your work is faster with FrontPage than with Word. Word must first convert the document into html code, but FrontPage makes the html code as you work; thus it needs no conversion when saved. By default the file is saved in html format.
It is important to view your document with a web browser as it is being developed so that you know how it will appear to readers of your pages. Click the Preview tab at the bottom of the FrontPage editor screen to see how your page will display with your default browser. To return to the editor, click the Noraml tab.
To insert a picture, click the Insert Image icon that looks like a mountain landscape. This will open a dialogue box that allows you to select the picture to be included, like this:
The picture will be inserted at the present cursor location. The size of the picture can be adjusted by selecting it (just click anywhere inside the picture) and dragging the corners until you get the desired size. By right clciking inside the picture, you get a menu of options. Choose Image Properties to place the picture where you want it with respect to the surrounding text. Other properties of the picture may also be adjusted.
For example, the pciture can be here:
Most web pages contain hyperlinks (URL's) to other web pages. These pages may be on your own web server or they may be at otehr web sites.
Typically there is some description of the document to be linked and a key word or words indicated that can be clicked to access the image. Click here to see how this works.
That link was created by highlighting the word "here" and then clicking on the "insert URL" icon; it looks like a globe with a link of chain at the bottom. Clicking that icon displays a dialogue box that allows you to enter the URL for the document. You may use the browse options to select either a local file on one at another site. Notice that after the link is created, the linking word or phrase to be clicked is changed to a contrasting color and underlined.
Remember that web pages are actually HyperText Markup Language documents. If you want to see the html code that is generated by FrontPage, click the HTML tab at the bottom of the editor screen. Click the Normal tab to return to the FrontPage editor. Notice that if you are using FrontPage, you can switch between Normal and HTML and that you can actually edit the HTML code.
Now you know how to make a web page using the FrontPage authoring tool that includes text, pictures, and links to other documents. Starting with these basics and using your imagination you can explore the many features of FrontPage that allow you to create personalized web pages.
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