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Chapter 4. Crafting Pages > Organizing Your Ideas with Lists

Organizing Your Ideas with Lists

Lists give order to your ideas, and can add to the visual impact of the page. With a list, you can get the reader’s attention, give their eyes a break, and help clarify your main points. You probably are familiar with the two most commonly used types of lists: bulleted and numbered. FrontPage also adds another type of list: definition lists. You use definition lists to define a term, and then provide its definitions. We’ll examine all three types of lists in this section.

Using Bulleted and Numbered Lists

Bulleted and numbered lists are the types of lists you’ll use most often:

  • Bulleted lists are best when you want to outline goals, objectives, or tasks with no specific order.

  • Numbered lists are best when tasks must be performed in a particular order, or when you want to be very specific.

The easiest way to create a bulleted or numbered list is to use the Numbering or Bullets tool on the Format toolbar. Follow these steps:

1.
Position the cursor at the point you want to begin the list, and click either Numbering or Bullets tools on the Standard toolbar, as appropriate. If you click Numbering, a number 1 is inserted in the page. If you click Bullets, a bullet character is inserted.

2.
Create the list by typing an item and pressing Enter. FrontPage moves to the next line, and adds another bullet, or the next number, depending on the type of list you are working with.

3.
End the list by pressing Enter twice.

To change the way bullets or numbering are used, choose Format, Bullets And Numbering. This displays the List Properties dialog box shown in Figure 4-3 on the following page. You can then choose a different bullet or number style by clicking the tab you want and then clicking the style you like in the preview window. When you click OK, the new style is applied automatically.

Figure 4-3. You can change the style of bullets and numbers using the List Properties dialog box.


Note

Use the Picture Bullets tab to define pictures to use as bullets. If the current web has a theme, you’ll probably want to use pictures from the current theme. Otherwise, you can specify your own pictures to use.


Using Definition Lists

You use definition lists to define a term, and then provide its definitions. Well, that’s the official reason anyway. It doesn’t mean that you must use definition lists that way. In fact, you can use definition lists anytime you want, to associate keywords, phrases, or sentences with concepts.

Items in definition lists contain two elements:

  • Keyword, phrases or sentences you are defining, called the defined terms.

  • Associated concepts, called definitions.

To create a definition list, follow these steps:

1.
Position the cursor at the point you want to begin the list, and choose Definition Term from the Formatting toolbar’s Style pull-down list.

2.
Type the keyword or phrase you want to define. After you press Enter, you can enter a definition for the keyword or phrase. You can continue to add keywords and definitions to the list in this way, and FrontPage will alternate between the two styles for you automatically.

3.
End the list by pressing Enter twice.

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