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MS- Frontpage 2000 Tutorial

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These words are used often in these tutorials, so learn them now!
Hyperlink - Text or graphic hotspots that load other web pages when clicked on.
Pixel - The unit of measurement on the web. One pixel is approximately the size of a period (.) in 12-point Arial font.
Shortcut menu - As with all PC programs, access popup shortcut menus by right-clicking on objects with the mouse.
URL (Universal Resource Locator) - The address of a web site. This what is after the "http://" on the location bar on your browser.
Web - In FrontPage, your web site is referred to as a web.
FrontPage Screen Layout
Below is a diagram of the default page layout in FrontPage.  You can change the view by selecting a different View Option.

Views
Page view gives you a WYSIWYG editing environment for creating and editing web pages.
Folders view lists all of the files and folders in your web for easy management. 
Reports view identifies problems with pages and links in the web including slow-loading pages, broken links, and other errors.
Navigation view lists the navigation order of the site and allows you to change the order that a user would view the pages.
Hyperlinks view allows you to organize the links in the web pages.
Tasks view provides a grid for inputting tasks you need to complete in your web.

Creating a Web Using the Web Wizard
1. Open FrontPage and select File|New|Web... from the menu bar or click the small down arrow next to the New button on the standard toolbar and select Web....
 2. Select the type of web you want to create. It is usually best to create a simple One Page Web which you can add additional blank pages to as you need them. Enter a location for the web in the box provided beginning with "http://". This is the location where you can preview the web on your computer. It will need to be copied to the server to be viewed to the world on the WWW.
 3. Click OK and wait for FrontPage to finish creating the web.
4. Now, explore your web. Click Folders view to see the initial page (default.htm) that was created and two folders. The "images" folder is where you will place all your graphics and photos. While it is not imperative that the images be placed in a separate folder, it keeps the web organized.
5. Click on Reports view to see a list of reports for the site. As you construct your web, this page will be much more useful. From here, you can identify and correct broken hyperlinks and fix large pages that take a long time to load.
6. View the navigation layout of the web by clicking Navigation view. Right now, there is only one page - the home page - listed. As more pages are added, this page becomes helpful to see how all your pages are linked together.
7. Hyperlinks view allows you to manage the links on your pages.
8. Optional - in Tasks view, list the tasks that need to be accomplished to create the web. Select Edit|Task|Add Tasks to add a task. Or click the down arrow beside the New button on the standard toolbar.
9. Make pages and save them, marking them as completed in the task view. 
10. Click Folders view to locate the open the next page to work on.
11. When you are ready to publish your web on the FGCU server, copy the folder to the server.

Creating a Web Page from a Template
FrontPage provides many individual page templates that can be added to any web. Follow these steps to add a template to a web page.
1. Select File|New|Page... and choose a template.
 2. Select a template and click OK.
3. Replace the place-holding body text with your own text and photos with images you would like on your web page.

Report View
When your web is completed, click Reports view to verify that links are correct and use the Reporting toolbar to switch between reports.

Open A Web
To open a web you have already created, select File|Open Web... from the menu bar. Select the web folder from the list and click Open.

Saving A Web
Save all the pages within the web created by FrontPage. These pages, however, are not visible to anyone on the Internet. You must copy the entire web folder to a network drive.
Page Properties
Page Properties
Change various page properties by selecting File|Properties from the menu bar. The Page Properties window will allow you to change many general properties, the page background, margins, and more.

General - Under the General tab, one property that needs to be changed is the Title. This is the text that will appear across the top of the screen above the browser's menu bar when the page is viewed on the web. Background sounds are not recommended and design-time control scripting options do not need to be changed.

Background - 

Check the Background picture box and select an image by clicking the Browse... button to add a repeating graphic to the background of the page.

Enable hyperlink rollover effects adds a Cascading Style Sheet to the page that causes the appearance of text links to change when the mouse is placed over them. These effects are not visible in Netscape version 4 and lower.

Set the Background color and a default Text color if it is not black.

Hyperlink colors can be changed as well. The color set for Hyperlink will be the color of the text of a link that has not been viewed yet by the web site user. Visited hyperlink is the color the link will turn after the page has been visited. Active hyperlink is the color of the link as it is being pressed. This color is usually barely seen as the user quickly clicks the link. The default colors that web users are used to are blue for normal and purple for visited. Refrain from swapping these colors so users will not be confused!
Margins - Set the top and left margin width by pixels if necessary. It is not necessary to alter any of the properties on the remaining tabs.

Themes
Themes can quickly add color, graphics, and a common layout to your web pages.
Open a web page and select Format|Theme from the menu bar or right-click on the page and select Theme... from the shortcut menu.

Under Apply Theme to, select All pages to add the theme to all pages in your web or Selected page(s) to only apply the theme to activated pages.
Scroll through the theme selections and highlight the theme names to preview the theme in the Sample of Theme window. Click the check boxes to change the theme as well. 
o Vivid Colors enhances the colors of the theme.
o Active Graphics will convert navigation buttons to Java applets that change when the mouse hovers over them.
o Background picture including a repeating background image to the page. Uncheck the box for a plain color background.
o Apply Using CSS will add the properties to a style sheet.
Click OK when you have chosen the theme

Removing a Theme
To remove a theme from a page after it has been applied, select Format|Theme from the menu bar and select the first "(no theme)" option from the themes list. Click OK. 
Hyperlinks
Creating Links
Hyperlinks are text or graphics that can be clicked to bring the user to another web file such as a web page or graphic. They are the essence of the World Wide Web as they link pages within sites and web sites to other web sites. To create a hyperlink in FrontPage, follow these steps:
1. Highlight the text or graphic that will be the hyperlink and select Insert|Hyperlink from the menu bar or pressing CTRL+K.

2. If the link will lead to a page within your site, highlight the page on the list and click OK. If it is an external link that will lead to another web site, enter the URL in the URL box. External URLs MUST begin with "http://" or they will not work. 

E-mail Links
Create an e-mail address link by highlighting the text (which should be written as the e-mail address) and pressing CTRL+K. Click the e-mail button with the envelope icon (circled in red below) and enter the e-mail address in the box provided. Click OK on both windows to finish.

Bookmarks
Text and graphics can be set as bookmarks (called "anchors" everywhere except FrontPage) that can be linked to within a page. For example, if a page lists a course syllabus, the titles for each week can be set as bookmarks and a row of links can be added to the top of the page that will each skip down to those bookmarked sections. This method of using bookmarks allows visitors to your site to quickly access information by not having to scroll down the page to view the information they want.
Add a bookmark to a page by following these steps highlighting the text or graphic that will be the bookmark and select Insert|Bookmark... from the menu bar. Enter the bookmark name in the space provided and click OK. 

Create a link to a bookmark by highlighting the text that will be the link and pressing CTRL+K. Select the bookmark from the drop-down menu in the Optional category and click OK. Link to a bookmark on a separate page by first selecting the file name from the listing and then choosing from the bookmarks in the drop-down menu.

Tables
Table Uses
On web pages, tables can serve many functions:
Page layout
Displaying information in formatted tabular form
Adding background color and borders to blocks of text
Creating a Table
A quick way to create a small table is using the table button on the standard toolbar. Click the button and drag the mouse over the grid, highlighting the cells that should appear on the table. When the table size has been selected, click the mouse button again.

A table outline with 2 rows and 2 columns will appear on the page:

Table Properties
Select Table|Properties|Table from the menu border to modify the table's properties. 

Alignment refers to the table's position on the page, not the alignment of the text within the table. Choose "Center" to center the table on the page, or select left, right, or justify. Default is usually left alignment.
Cell padding is the number of pixels between the text and the cell walls.
Cell spacing is the number of pixels between the table cells.
Specify width sets the width of the table by a distinct number of pixels or by a percentage of the screen width.
Specify height is usually not necessary to set since the height depends on the number of rows in the table.

The following table was produced by the settings shown in the window above.

Border size indicates the depth of the table border. The dotted lines on the table above are shown only as a visual reference of the table structure, but since this table's border is set to 0 pixels, no borders will show on a web page:

Below is the same table with a border set to 5 pixels:

Border color will change the color of the borders on the table. The MSIE and Netscape browsers read this property differently. MSIE changes all the border to the solid color, while Netscape keeps the three-dimensional quality of the table and only changes the outer border of the table. Since FrontPage is a Microsoft product, you will always see the MSIE version when constructing a web page in FrontPage.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   

Light border and dark border change the highlight and shadow colors of the table. Be aware that these attributes are not read by Netscape. Light and dark borders of red and green were added to the table, but notice that the Netscape table is still blue:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   

Background color adds a background to the table cells. MSIE will add the color to the background of the cells and the space between the cells while Netscape only adds the color to the background of the cells:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   

Use background picture will add a background image to the table and again, there are differences between browsers. MSIE will repeat the image over the entire background of the table while Netscape repeats the image in each cell:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   

Cell Properties
Select Tables|Properties|Cell from the menu bar or Cell Properties from the shortcut menu to change the properties of the table cells. Begin by highlighting the cells whose properties will be changed.

Horizontal alignment is defaulted to the left side of the table cell. Change this attribute to center or right-justify the text within the table cell.
Vertical alignment is defaulted at middle as shown in the example below. Since the text in the right-hand column cover more than one line and the left-hand cells do not, that text is centered vertically in the cell. Select "top" or "bottom" to override this default setting.
 • Setting rows spanned and columns spanned is better achieved by a method explained below.
Specify width and specify height will set the width and height of the cells. Percentages refer to the portion of the table, not a percentage of the entire screen. 
Select Header cell to automatically bold and center the content of the cell.
Border color is a setting that is not read by Netscape. This changes the color of the cell border only when viewed with MSIE. Note the red borders on the cells in the top row of the MSIE example:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
 
Light and dark border settings will additionally be read by MSIE but not by Netscape.
Background color changes the cell's background color. In Netscape, this is the same effect of setting the entire table's background color since the color is not added between the cells.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   

Background image adds a graphic to the background of each cell. In Netscape, this is the same effect as setting the background graphic for the entire table since it begins a new repeating pattern for each cell.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Netscape Navigator 4.7
   
Inserting Rows and Columns
Quickly add rows or columns to a table by placing the cursor in the cell the new row or column will be adjacent to, right-click the mouse to access the popup shortcut menu, and select Insert Row or Insert Column. Another method is to use the Insert Rows or Columns dialog box:
1. Place the cursor in a cell where the new row or column will be adjacent to.
2. Select Table|Insert|Rows or Columns from the menu bar.
   
3. To insert a row, select Rows and enter the Number of Rows. Then select the Location of the new row by selecting Above selection or Below selection from where you placed the cursor in step 1.
4. Click Columns to insert a new column and the choices will change. Enter the Number of columns and the Location left or right of the selected point.
5. Click OK.

Spanning Cells
There is often the need to create a cell than spans rows or columns, such as the a title at the top of a table. This example will begin with the same table already used on this page.
1. Insert a new row to the top of the table.
2. Type the text of the row that will be spanned across the columns by typing into the first cell and highlight the cells as shown below:
3. Select Table|Merge Cells from the menu bar or right-click with the mouse and select Merge Cells from the popup shortcut menu..
4. Center the text in the cell by from the Cell Properties window and deselect the cell.
5. To split the cell again, select the cell and choose Table|Split Cell from the menu bar. 
Graphics and Pictures
Image Types
HTML code used on the web recognizes two basic graphic formats - GIF and JPEG. All the images on your web page must be either of these formats.
JPEG (Joint Photographic Exchange Group) - As a general rule, photos should be saved as JPEGs. This file type consists of 16 million colors.
GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) - These files contain 256 colors or less and should generally be used for non-photo graphics. All of the images on these tutorial pages are saved in GIF format.
Inserting a Graphic
To add a photo or graphic to a web page, select Insert|Picture|From File from the menu bar. Choose the file and click OK.
Picture Properties
To change the properties of the picture, select the image and choose Format|Properties from the menu bar.

Below Alternative representations, type a description of the image in the Text box. This text will appear in place of the graphic if the user browses your site with graphics turned off on their browser and will also be displayed while the picture is loading. 
Click the Appearance tab. 
 • Change the Alignment if the picture should be aligned to the right or left of the text on the page or if it should be centered on the page.
Border thickness will add a border to the picture depending on the number of pixels you enter. Leave this value at "0" if there is no border on the picture.
Horizontal spacing and Vertical spacing are measured in pixels and will add white space surrounding the picture either above and below (vertical) or on both sides (horizontal).
FrontPage automatically calculates the size of the image. However, if you would like it smaller or larger than actual size, check the Specify size box and enter the new Width and Height values. Please note, it is recommended that you change the actual size of the image in an editing program such as Adobe Photoshop instead of changing these values, particularly if the actual size is large and you want it to appear smaller on the screen. Resizing the actual size of the graphic will lower the download speed of the image. 
Navigation Bars
Navigation bars created in FrontPage are a quick method for adding navigation links to all the pages in a web. The diagram below illustrates the features of creating navigation bars:

Create a Navigation Bar
1. Open a web in Navigation View. A single "parent" page should be visible in the blue area of the screen.

2. Add more pages to the navigation tree by dragging the file names in the Folder List onto the blue navigation window. Relation connectors will be added between the new "child" page and the parent page. Release the mouse button when the relationship between the pages is accurately represented.

3. Continue adding pages to the navigation tree. If you make a mistake, pages can always be moved to new locations on the tree by clicking and dragging them with the mouse.

4. Add a link to a page outside of the web by selecting the page the link will extend from on the navigation tree and clicking the external hyperlink button on the Navigation toolbar. Type the URL beginning with "http://" in the URL: window of the Select Hyperlink box. If the link is a e-mail address, click the e-mail button at the end of the URL line that shows the image of an envelope. Enter the e-mail address in the Create E-mail Hyperlink box and click OK. 

Deleting Pages from the Navigation Tree
Delete a page from the navigation tree by right-clicking on the page icon with the mouse and selecting Delete from the popup shortcut menu. To keep a page on the navigation tree but have it not appear on the navigation bar, select Included in Navigation Bars. The page now appears gray on the diagram.

Or, select Edit|Delete from the menu bar and choose from one of the two options:

View portions of the tree by clicking the Collapse/Expand Subtree buttons between pages. These buttons will show a minus sign (-) when the subtree can be collapsed and a plus sign (+) when the subtree is already collapsed and can be expanded. View only the subtree of a page by highlighting the page and clicking the Subtree Only button on the Navigation toolbar The entire tree structure can also be toggled between landscape and portrait by clicking the orientation button on the Navigation toolbar. 

Navigation Bar Properties
1. Open a web page with a navigation bar in Page View.
2. Right click on the area that the navigation bar appears or, if the navigation bar has not yet been created through Shared Borders, select Insert|Navigation Bar... from the menu bar.
3. Select which pages should appear as links in the navigation bar by selecting an option from Hyperlinks to add to page. The tree image will give you a preview.
4. Check the Home page and Parent page boxes if those Additional pages should be added to the navigation bar.
5. Selection the Orientation and appearance by choosing a Horizontal or Vertical layout for the links and if they should appear as Buttons or Text.
6. Click OK when finished.
Cascading Style Sheets
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow you to format a web page by setting font attributes such as small caps and changing the character spacing, paragraph properties, and borders and shading for text boxes. Style sheets can be applied to a web page in three ways:
Embed a style sheet on a web page by listing the style attributes at the top of the page.
Apply inline styles within the web page to add a style to individual elements of a page. 
Link to an external style sheet if several pages will have the same styles. By using this method, style attributes are only changed in one location and the changes are reflected on many pages. These external style sheets are saved as a separate file with the file extension .css.

Create an Embedded Style
1. Select Format|Style from the menu bar.
2. Click the New button to create a new style.
3. Type a period (.) followed by a name containing no spaces for the new style in the Name (selector) field. Below is an example of a style that will create red text.
4. Click the Format button to select an element the style formatting will apply to. In this example, the font color will be changed first so Font... is selected from the menu.
5. From the Font dialog box, the font has been changed to Arial, size to 10 point, and color to red. Click OK when the changes have been made.
 6. Select other options from the Format button menu to change more element attributes. When all the styles have been selected, click OK on the New Style window and OK on the Style window.
Apply the New Style
To apply the style you have just created, highlight the text that the style will be applied to. The style is listed in the style menu on the formatting toolbar. Click the window and scroll down to select the style.

Inline Styles
Some formatting styles, such as font properties, borders and shading, are automatically applied to certain elements such as portions of text, paragraphs, and divisions. Other styles that are applied to tables and form elements can be manually added as described below:
1. Highlight the table or form element and select Format|Properties from the menu bar.
2. Click the Style... button on the properties window.
3. Styles you have already created are listed in the Class drop-down menu. Select one of these styles or click the Format button to change another property.
4. Press OK when finished.

Using Preset External Style Sheets
FrontPage comes with several preset styles that can be added to web pages. It is also helpful to review the code of these preset style sheets to gain a better understanding of CSS when you create your own style sheets. Follow the steps outlined below to save one of these styles as an external CSS to use on a web page.
1. Select File|New|Pages from the menu bar and click the Style Sheets tab.
 2. Highlight the choices to view descriptions for each of the styles and click OK.
3. The style sheet code will appear in the window. Save the style sheet using the .css extension.
Create an External Style Sheet

To create an external style sheet from scratch, follow these steps:
1. Select File|New|Pages, click the Style Sheets tab, and choose Normal Style Sheet.

2. A blank page will appear on the screen with a small Style toolbar. Click the Style... button on the toolbar.

3. Highlight an element from the Styles list that the style will be added to and click the Modify... button. For example, select the "body" tag from the list and we will change the default text style for the page.
4. Click the Format button on the Modify Style window and select the elements that will be formatted. To change the default text style in this example, select "Font...". Choose "Arial" from the font list and "10pt" from the size listing.
TIP - As discussed in the text tutorial, it is advantageous to include several similar fonts in case a visitor to your site does not have the particular font you chose on their computer or is using a different operating system. Similar sans-serif fonts are Arial, Verdana, Geneva, and sans-serif while serif fonts are Times New Roman and Times. Type the font names in the Font box above the scrolling menu, separating each name with a comma. 
5. Click OK when finished.
6. Click OK on the Modify Style window.
7. Notice on the style window that this style is now listed. Click OK to exit the Style window or select another element to modify.
8. Save the style sheet in .css format.

Link to an External Style Sheet
After you have created an external style sheet, it must be linked to a web page for the styles to be applied to the page. 
1. Open a web page and select Format|Style Sheet Links from the menu bar.

2. Click the Add... button on the Link Style Sheet dialog box.
3. Select the .css file and click OK.
To remove an external style sheet link from a page, highlight the style sheet in the list and click the Remove button.

Edit an External Style Sheet
1. Open the .css file in FrontPage.
2. Select Format|Style from the menu bar.
3. Highlight the style from the list that needs to be changed and click the Modify button. 
4. Make the necessary changes by selecting options from the Format button menu.
5. Click OK when finished and save the style sheet.
Modifying Themes
The themes provided in FrontPage can be modified to fit your needs. If you have already assigned a theme to a page that could like to modify it, follow the steps on this page. First select Format|Themes and click the modify button. This action will reveal additional buttons for modifying themes.

Colors
Click the Colors... button to modify the color scheme.
Color Schemes tab - Select preset color schemes from the list and preview those colors in the theme in the Sample of Theme window.
Color Wheel tab - Click and drag the circle in the color wheel to alter the color scheme. Use the Brightness slider to brighten and dim the colors.
Custom tab - Change each text type individually by selecting the item from the drop-down menu and assigning a color.
Click OK when you are finished modifying the color scheme.

Graphics
The bullets, banners, and backgrounds on a theme can be changed as well. Click the Graphics... button to change the images in the theme.
Select items from the drop-down menu. Change the images from the text field provided under the Picture tab and modify the fonts used from the Font tab.
At the bottom of the window, select "Normal Graphics" for static images and "Active Graphics" for Java rollover applets.
Click OK when finished.

Text
The Text... button will provide a menu that will allow you to change the font of elements in the theme.
Select a text element from the Item drop-down menu and then select the new font for the item from the Font list.
Click the More Text Styles... button to change additional text properties.

Saving a Modified Theme
If you plan on using the same modified theme on other pages, the theme can be saved. Click the Save As button on the Themes dialog box and enter a name for the theme. 
Frames
What Are Frames?
Frames divide a web page into sections that each have a different HTML source page and their own set of scroll bars. They can be useful for any site that requires part of the screen to remain static while the remainder of the screen can be scrolled. One example is site navigation where links can be placed in one frame and the scrolling page content is placed in another. There are several disadvantages to using frames including slower download time and problems with linking and printing so be sure to use them only if necessary.

Create a Frames Page
Create a frames page by following these steps:
1. Select File|New|Page from the menu bar and click the Frames Pages tab.
 2. Preview each of the choices by clicking on an icon once with the mouse and seeing the Preview window. Select the icon of the frames format you would like to use and click OK.
3. When viewed in Page view, the web page will be divided into frames and each frame will have "Set Initial Page..." and "New Page" buttons. Click New Page if the source page for the frame does not yet exist. The frame will immediately turn white after the button is clicked and you will be able to type and add graphics just like a normal web page. Click Set Initial Page if the source page for the frame has already been created and select the file from the dialog box.
 4. Save the frames pages by selecting Files|Save As from the menu bar. You will be prompted to save the main frame page first followed by each of the frame source pages. The diagram will highlight the page you are saving. Below, the diagram highlights all of the frames in blue, indicating that the main frame page is being saved:

In the image below, the source of the top frame is being saved:

Frame Properties
Right-click on a frame either before or after its content page has been identified and select Frame Properties from the shortcut menu.
    Name
Assign a name to each frame for linking purposes.
Initial Page
Assign the initial HTML source page.
Frame size
Designate the width and height of the frame in absolute pixels or as a percentage of the screen.
Options
Check "Resizeable in Browser" if the user should be able to click and drag the frame borders to resize them. Make a selection from "Show scroll bars" if scroll bars should be visible in the frame.
Linking in Frames
When creating a link from a frames page, click the pencil button next to the Target frame option on the Create Hyperlink dialog box. Select the proper target for the link from the Common targets box.
    Page Default will load the page in the default frame indicated in parentheses.
Same Frame will load the new page in the same frame.
New Window will open a new browser window.
Parent Window will load the page in the current window. 
No Frames Page
Early versions of browsers do not support, so it is necessary to prepare a page for visitors using these browsers. Build the "No Frames" page from the tab at the bottom of the screen. Use this page to link to individual main frame source pages in your site or provide links to download sites for the latest versions of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Components
Access the Components menu pictured to the right by selecting Insert|Component from the menu bar. To make the menu its own floating toolbar, click and drag the blue bar at the top of the menu. You must save the web page first to be able to use all of the components listed.

Includes
The Include feature allows you to display one page within another. This can often be helpful when placing copyright notices or menu links that appear identically on many pages. The copyright notice, for example, can be typed into a separate file and then that one file can be linked to all the pages in the web site. When the copyright changes, only the include file needs to be changed instead of correcting the copyright text on every individual web page.
To add an include page to another web page, first place the cursor on the page where the include file's contents should appear. Then, select Insert|Component|Include Page from the menu bar. Click the Browse... button to select the page you want to include and click OK. The include page's contents will appear on the destination page, but the contents can only be modified by opening the include page separately.
       
Scheduled Picture
Setting scheduled elements will automatically change page content on a given date. Add a scheduled picture by selecting Insert|Component|Scheduled Picture... from the menu bar. Select the picture and choose an optional image to show before and after the scheduled time. Then, set the starting and ending time period. In this example, a picture of a pumpkin is added to the site for the entire month of October. Click OK when finished.

Scheduled Include Page
A scheduled Include page can be added in a similar way that a scheduled picture is inserted. Select Insert|Component|Scheduled Include Page... from the menu bar, select the file, and set the time period.
Date and Time
It is always advantageous to include a "last updated" date on the bottom of the web page so visitors know how recent the material is. FrontPage can automatically update this date whenever the page is saved. Place the cursor on the page where the date should appear and select Insert|Date and Time... from the menu bar. If the page is set up to automatically update and this date should be reflected as the "last update", check the "Date this page was last automatically updated" box. Select a Date format and if the time should also appear, select the Time format. Click OK when finished.

Search Form
Add a search form to the web site by selecting Insert|Component|Search Form from the menu bar. This feature will automatically create a simple search form:

Customize the search form from the properties window. 
    Label for Input is the text that appears before the search text box 
Width in characters is the width of the search text box 
Labels for "Start Search" and "Clear" buttons the text that appear on the buttons. 
Click the Search Results tab to format the search results page.
    Select the date and time format for displaying the results.
Display score is the closeness of the keywords entered to the page that was found. A higher score indicates a closer match.
Display file date includes the date the page was last modified
Display file size prints the size of the page in kilobytes

Forms
Form Page Wizard
Forms allow you to receive information from the visitors to your web site. The forms can be created manually or by FrontPage's Form Page Wizard. To use the wizard, select File|New|Page from the menu bar.

1. Click Next > on the the first explanatory wizard window.
2. The second window will allow you to add the questions that will appear on the form. Click the Add button to insert new questions into the form.

Select an input type from the scrolling menu and edit the prompt for the question in the text box below if necessary. Click Next > when finished. 

Select the input type for the question you entered in the previous window. The contents of this window will vary depending on the type of question that was entered. Click Next > when the selections have been made.

The question will now appear in the question listing. Click Add to add more elements to the form. If a question should be changed, highlight the title in the list and click Modify or Remove to delete the question. Reorder the questions using the Move Up and Move Down buttons. Click Next > to proceed to the next step after the questions have been added.

3. Presentation Options - On this window, determine the layout of the form from several options and click Next >.

4. Output Options - Now that the form elements are in place, you need to designate a way to view the results of the form. You will want to save them either as a web page or text file and enter the base name for the file where results will be stored. Click Next > when finished.

5. The form is now complete. Click Finish to add the form to the web page. 
Forms Toolbar
Activate the Form toolbar by selecting Insert|Form and dragging the menu off the menu bar.

First, click the Form button. A dotted area with Submit and Reset buttons inside will appear.
Click the Form Properties button.

Select the storage location for the form contents and name the form after Form name. Click Options... to specify text results page options, e-mail options and a confirmation page. 
On the form, place the cursor before the Submit button and press the ENTER key several times to add room in the form above the existing buttons.

Text Box  
Text boxes allow the user to enter one line of text. Click the button on the form toolbar to add a text box to the form. Activate the text box and select Format|Properties from the menu bar.

Name - Enter a name for the text box with no spaces.
Initial Value - This text will initially appear in the text box.
Width in characters - Determines the width of the text box. The width can also be changed by clicking and dragging the handles on the element.
Tab order - It will be easiest to set the tab order when all the form elements are on the page. Use numbers 1,2,3... to determine the order the user will encounter each form element when the TAB key is used.
Password field - Select Yes if the entry into the text box should be treated as a password and asterisks will be used as the text is typed.
Validate... - Click this button to enter optional validation criteria.

Set the text box to only accept a certain data type, a minimum or maximum length, and other options.
Text Area  
Text boxes allow the user to enter multiple lines of text. Click the button on the form toolbar to add a text area to the form. Activate the text area and select Format|Properties from the menu bar.

Set these properties just as in a text box. The width and number of lines in the text area can also be changed by clicking and dragging the handles of the text area.
Check Box  
Check boxes allow the user to make multiple selections from a list. Add check boxes by clicking the button on the form toolbar, enter value, and press ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER after each one. 

Select Format|Properties to change the checkbox properties.

Name - All checkboxes in the same list should be given the same name. In the example above, the three checkboxes all have the name "colleges".
Value - The values of each checkbox must be different. "COB" is being used as the value for the "College of Business" checkbox.
Initial state - If it is likely that the user will check a certain checkbox, the box can be set to be checked initially. 
Radio Button  
Radio buttons allow the user to make only a single selection from a list. Add a list of radio buttons by clicking the button on the form toolbar, enter value, and press ENTER or SHIFT+ENTER after each one. 

Select Format|Properties to change the radio button properties. These properties are similar to those for checkboxes.
Drop-Down Menu  
If a check box or radio button is too long, a better choice may be a drop-down menu. The menu will consolidate the choices and take up less vertical space on the page. Add a drop-down menu to the form by clicking its button on the form toolbar. Add values to the menu by double-clicking on the menu. First, name the drop-down menu in the first field. Add choices to the menu by clicking the Add... button.

Choice - This is the text that will appear in the menu
Specify value - Unless another value is specified, the text entered in the Choice line will be the value for the selection. If you want the value to be different, check this box and enter a new value.
Initial state - One choice in the drop-down menu can be chosen initially.

To change a choice, highlight it in the listing and click the Modify... button or click Remove to delete the choice. Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the order of the list.
Height - Change this value to indicate the number of selections that should be visible without clicking to view more.
Height=1 Height=3 
Allow multiple selections - The user would be able to select multiple items from the list by holding down the CTRL key while clicking the names.
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