Creating Hyperlinks and Bookmarks

FrontPage Express has a complete interface for creating, editing, and verifying hyperlinks. In FrontPage Express, you create hyperlinks to any page on the web by typing in the target page’s URL or by browsing the web for the page.

Creating Hyperlinks in Text

In FrontPage Express, you create hyperlinks in text using the Hyperlink command on the Insert menu. When you create a hyperlink with text selected, the Hyperlink command underlines it to indicate the hyperlink. If you have no text selected when you create a hyperlink, the Hyperlink command inserts the underlined URL of the target page or file at the insertion point.

The Hyperlink command opens the Create Hyperlink dialog box, which has three tabs:

Use the Open Pages tab to create a hyperlink to a page that is currently opened in FrontPage Express.
Use the New Page tab to create a hyperlink to a new page.
Use the World Wide Web tab to create a hyperlink to a page or other file on the World Wide Web.

In the Open Pages tab, you can quickly create a hyperlink to an open page in FrontPage Express. Just select the page from the list of currently opened pages and click OK.

In the New Page tab, you can create a hyperlink to a new page by typing the new page’s title in the Page Title field and the page’s relative URL in the Page URL field. FrontPage Express creates the page for you and then creates the hyperlink to it.

Create Hyperlinks as You Type

FrontPage will automatically create hyperlinks for you as you type URLs in the page. For instance, you might type this sentence in FrontPage Express:

"Check out for the latest information about FrontPage."

As soon as you hit the spacebar after typing, FrontPage will turn the URL into a hyperlink to that location. To remove the hyperlink from the text, select the hyperlink and choose Unlink on the Edit menu.

In the World Wide Web tab, select the protocol you want to use from the list in the Hyperlink Type field, and type the absolute URL of the target page or file in the URL field. For example, to create a hyperlink to the Microsoft home page, select http: (the default) in the Hyperlink Type field and type in the URL field.

If you have a Web browser running on your computer, the URL field in the World Wide Web tab will automatically display the absolute URL of the page that is being displayed in your browser. This makes it easy to enter a hyperlink without even having to type in a URL. To browse the World Wide Web from the World Wide Web tab, click Browse to open your Web browser. Surf to a page or file in your browser and its URL is displayed back in the URL field of the World Wide Web tab. Click OK and the Hyperlink command creates a hyperlink to the page you found using your browser.

Creating and Using Bookmarks

A bookmark is a location in text that you label so that it can be the target of a hyperlink. In FrontPage Express, a bookmark is indicated by a dashed underline beneath text. In a URL, a bookmark is preceded by a number sign (#) as in

Adding bookmarks gives you control over which part of a page is displayed when a user follows a hyperlink to the page. When a user follows a hyperlink to a bookmark, the Web browser displays the page starting at the bookmark’s location instead of at the top of the page.

To create a bookmark either at selected text or at the insertion point, choose the Bookmark command on the Edit menu. Choose a Bookmark Name or, if you are creating the bookmark at selected text, use the suggested name, and click OK.

To create a table of contents for a page’s topics, create a bookmark for each topic on the page, and then create hyperlinks to each of the bookmarks from the top of the same page.

Create a table of contents quickly If you have a set of topics on a page, and you want to quickly create a table of contents, here’s how. With the right mouse button, drag the heading of each topic to the top of the page. Release the mouse button and select Link Here from the displayed menu. FrontPage Express creates a hyperlink to the topic where you released the right mouse button. Do this for each topic to create your table of contents.

Refreshing and Stopping

To refresh and active page with the last saved version of that page, click the Refresh toolbar button or choose the Refresh command from the View menu. If you have made changes since the last save, a dialog box will appear asking whether you want to save the changes. Click Yes or No, and the page will be refreshed. The Refresh command is handy when you’ve made changes to a page that you do not want to save, and you want to start over from the last version that was saved. It’s also handy for viewing changes made to a page by another person.

To stop an action in the Editor, click the Stop toolbar button (if it is enabled). This command is handy for ending actions that are taking a long time to finish or that might be "hung up," such as communications between Express and the Web server.

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