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Shared Borders

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When designing a web site, one objective is to make a site that has a global, uniform look.  If you do not use a uniform look for your site, visitors will be confused when they click links to go to different pages.  Microsoft FrontPage's Shared Borders can help in solving this problem.  You can set up to 4 parts of each page on the site to be uniform.  You can customize the top, left, right, and bottom.  With Shared Borders, you no longer need to edit each page for it's global navigation; because it is built right into the page!

Shared Borders

Editing a Shared Border

1.  Go to Folders view.  (Click the Folders button from the FrontPage "Views" toolbar at the left of the screen.)

2.  From the left pane of the screen that appears, double-click _borders.  

Important Note:  Any directory in FrontPage that is proceeded with an underscore (_), is considered a hidden directory.  The default setting in a web is not to display the hidden directories in a web.  To display hidden directories, click the Tools menu, click Web Settings..., click the Advanced tab, and check the box that says: "Show documents in hidden directories".  Click the OK button.  (When asked if you want to refresh the web, click Yes.)

3.  In the Right pane, double-click the border title you want to edit.

  • top.htm -- the Top Shared Border

  • left.htm -- the Left Shared Border

  • right.htm -- the Right Shared Border

  • bottom.htm -- the Bottom Shared Border

4.  Edit the page as necessary, and close the page.

5.  Click Yes when prompted to save.

Note: If you have a very large web, saving the Shared Border can take a very long time.  Sometimes 5 minutes or more.  Don't assume that your computer has locked up; as restarting your computer during this process can entirely ruin your Shared Borders.  If the computer stops doing everything, that is if your hard drive has even stopped making any noise, then restart your computer and re-edit the Shared Border again.  If you continue to have problems, E-mail support.

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