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Chapter 12. Using Page Templates > Creating Your Own Static Templates

Creating Your Own Static Templates

Creating and using FrontPage templates is both easy and productive. Templates relieve designers of repetitive tasks when they create new pages. To create a template:

1.
Use any convenient method to create a Web page with the desired components and features. When in doubt, it’s usually better to include optional page features than to omit them. Deleting features you don’t need is easier than adding those you do.

2.
With the page open in Design view, choose Properties from the File menu, make sure the General tab is visible, and enter the template title in the Title box. This is the name you (or other Web authors) will later use to select the template. Click OK after you’ve entered the title.

3.
Choose Save As from the File menu to display the Save As dialog box, shown in Figure 12-6.

Figure 12-6. To save any Web page as a template, set Save As Type to FrontPage Template.


4.
In the Save As dialog box, set Save As Type to FrontPage Template, verify that the file name is acceptable, and click Save.

5.
When the Save As Template dialog box shown in Figure 12-7 appears, enter or verify the following information:

  • Title The name by which you or other FrontPage designers will select the template. This text will appear on the My Templates tab of the Page Templates dialog box, shown previously in Figure 12-2.

  • Name The base file name used for saving the template’s files and folders.

  • Description Any verbal explanation or notes.

  • Save Template In Current Web. If selected, saves the template in the current Web site. This instantly makes the template available to all designers of that Web site, but only when creating pages in that site.

Figure 12-7. Specify the template’s name, description, and location in this dialog box.


If this check box isn’t selected, FrontPage stores the template on your hard disk. This makes it available only to you, but it’s available no matter what Web site you open.

6.
Click OK to save the template.

7.
If the Save Embedded Files dialog box shown in the background of Figure 12-8 appears, the new template makes reference to other files in the current Web site.

Figure 12-8. This dialog box controls which component files FrontPage saves as part of a template. Click the Set Action button to display the Set Action dialog box in the foreground.


For each such file, click the Set Action button, and then, in the Set Action dialog box shown in the foreground of Figure 12-8, choose one of the following options:

  • Save Retains a copy of the file along with the template. When you or someone else uses the template and saves the resulting page for the first time, FrontPage optionally adds a copy of the embedded file to the new page’s Web site.

  • Don’t Save Doesn’t retain a copy of the file. Anyone who uses this template will be responsible for providing the given file.


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