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Creating and editing pages

In Microsoft Expression Web, you have several options for creating web pages. After you create a page, you can set the properties of the page.

It's important to always use Expression Web when renaming files and folders so that hyperlinks to or from the renamed file (or files in the renamed folder) are automatically updated. If you rename a file or folder by using Microsoft Windows Explorer, hyperlinks to and from that file (or files in that folder) are not updated.

NoteNote

To ensure that all site visitors can follow URLs regardless of their computer language or operating system, save your files with names using only plain ASCII characters.

To create a new web page

Do one of the following:

  • On the File menu, point to New, and then click Page. In the New dialog box, select the type of page, and then click OK.

  • Press CTRL+N.

  • On the Common toolbar, click the New Document button.

To set the default type of document to create

  1. On the Tools menu, click Page Editor Options.

  2. In the Page Editor Options dialog box, on the Authoring tab, in the Default Document box, select the type of document that you want as your default.

NoteNote

The Default Document option is used when you create a new document by using the New Document button in either the Common or Standard toolbar, or the New Page button in either the Folder List panel or the Folders view of a site.

To change the properties of a web page

  1. With the web page open, do one of the following:

    • In Design view, right-click an empty area, and then click Page Properties.

    • On the File menu, click Properties.

  2. In the Page Properties dialog box, on the General tab, do the following:

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Title

Type the title of the page. The title appears in the title bar of many web browsers.

Description

Type the description of the page. The description is displayed in the search results of some search engines and used by some search engines to index sites. A meta tag with the name "description" is added to the header of the page.

Keywords

Type the keywords for the page. Keywords are used by some search engines to index sites. A meta tag with the name "keywords" is added to the header of the page.

To open a web page

Do one of the following:

  • To open a page from the current site, in either the Folder List panel or the Folders view of the site, double-click the page.

  • To open a page on a different site or in a local file system, on the File menu, click Open.

    NoteNote

    When you open a web page on a different site, a new instance of Expression Web opens.

  • To open a file as a type not specified by its file extension, in the Folder List pane or from the Folders tab of the Site View pane, right-click the file and select Open As. From the shortcut menu, select one of the following file types.

    • PHP

    • HTML

    • text

    • CSS

    • XML

To rename a page or folder

  1. In either the Folder List panel or the Folders view of the site, right-click the file or folder, and then click Rename.

  2. Type the new name.

To save a web page

Do one of the following:

  • On the Common toolbar, click the Save button.

  • Right-click the tab at the top of the editing window and then click Save.

  • On the File menu, click Save.

  • To save a webpage to a different location or with a different name, on the File menu, click Save As.

    NoteNote

    If you have added images, sound files, or other objects to the page, Expression Web will prompt you to save them when you save the page.

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