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Chapter 3. Formatting Basic Web Site Con... > Working with the Folder List Task Pa...

Working with the Folder List Task Pane

The current site’s location is given at the top of the Folder List task pane. This task pane provides a hierarchical view of the folders and files in your site. In the Folder List task pane shown in Figure 3.2, the current site’s location is C:Users\pcmcz\.

Figure 3.2. The Folder List task pane displays a hierarchical view of your site’s files and folders.


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The Folder List task pane does more than just provide you with a view of your site’s folders. This task pane (like others in Expression Web) has its own miniature toolbar. Click the New Page icon to create a new blank Web page, the New Folder icon to create a new folder, and the Close Window icon to close the Folder List task pane itself.


Viewing and Creating Folders

You can perform many other basic housekeeping tasks with the Folder List task pane. Click a plus sign (+) to expand the contents of a folder, and click the minus sign (−) to contract an already open folder. If you right-click a file’s name, a context menu appears that lets you delete or rename it, for instance. If you right-click a folder, a similar context menu appears. Use it to rename the folder. Choose New > Folder to create a new subfolder within the currently selected folder.

Creating a New Page from an Existing One

Suppose you want to create a set of pages, all with a similar layout. You only have to create one from scratch. Once that initial page contains the contents you want to carry forward to other documents on your site, save it to the current site. Then follow these steps:

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Right-click the page in the Folder List task pane.

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When the context menu appears, choose New from Existing Page.

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When the new page with the same content as the original appears in the editing area, click the Save toolbar button.

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In the Save As dialog box, give your file a new filename and click the Change Title button to change the title.

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After you change the title, click OK to close the Set Page Title dialog box.

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When you’re done, click Save.

You can also create a template from an existing page and use it as a model for subsequent pages. When you have the content you want on your page, Choose File > Save As. When the Save As dialog box appears, choose Page Template from the Save as Type drop-down list. You’ll probably also want to give your page a name that identifies it as a template, such as catalog_template.

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