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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Testing & Maintaining Links

As your document changes over time, your target links may require updating. If you link to other documents, their location may change or become unavailable.

return to topTesting Links

Since links to pages in your collection are frequent causes of broken links, if not created properly, it is recommended that you test the links once the pages are active on the web server. If possible, have someone else test them that does not have the same drive mappings as you do.

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There are three ways you can test the links in your document: you can preview your page in an Internet browser, use the Preview view, or use the Design view. All three methods are described in this section.

Previewing in a Browser

Previewing your page in an Internet browser is the recommended method.

  1. From the File menu, select Preview in Browser... » select the appropriate browser with the desired window size area
    NOTE: If you do not see the browser you want, you can add a browser to the list. 

  2. Click the link(s) you want to test

Using Preview View

NOTE: If you wish to continue working on your web page, remember to return to Design view when you are finished.

  1. With your document open in FrontPage, at the bottom of the page, select the Preview tab
    Prevew tab

  2. Click the link you want to test
    HINT: If your link was to another document, to return to your original document, select the Design tab

Using Design View

NOTE: This method works best for a quick check of links to information within the current document.

  1. With your document open in FrontPage, at the bottom of the page, select the Design tab
    Design tab

  2. While holding the [Ctrl] key down, click the link you want to test
    HINT: If your link was to another document, to return to your original document, from the Window menu, select your file.

return to topEditing Links

In FrontPage, you may change the text of a link (e.g., change your description of what is displayed when the link is clicked), or change the link's destination (e.g., where the viewer is taken after clicking the link).

Changing the Text of a Link

  1. In Design view, select the link text you wish to edit

  2. Edit the linked text as you would edit normal text

Changing the Destination of a Link

To change the page that the link refers to

  1. Right click the link » select Hyperlink Properties...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  2. In the Link to section, make sure Existing File or Web Page is selected

  3. From the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the new page

  4. Click OK

To change the bookmark that the link refers to

  1. Right click the link » select Hyperlink Properties...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  2. Click BOOKMARK...
    The Select Place in Document dialog box appears.

  3. From the Select an existing place in the document scroll list, select the new bookmark

  4. Click OK

To change the URL of an external link

  1. Right click the link » select Hyperlink Properties...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  2. In the Address text box, type the new URL

  3. Click OK

return to topRemoving Links

There are some situations when you may want to remove a link you have created. There are two basic methods for doing this: the Format menu method and the Quick menu method.

Removing Links: Menu Option:

  1. Click within the link

  2. From the Format menu, select Properties
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  3. Click REMOVE LINK
    The link is removed from the text.

Removing Links: Quick Menu Option:

  1. Right click the link » select Hyperlink Properties...
    The Edit Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  2. Click REMOVE LINK
    The link is removed from the text.

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