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The Frontpage 'Folders View' shows a directory structure of  particular website you are editing. The Folder List appears i automatically when you check this feature in View/Folder List. Or you can press Alt-F1.

 As it takes some useful space of the screen, it can be hidden and reactivated by Alt-F1.

 Folders View allows among other things:

  1. Rename files
  2. Move files from one folder to another (you can drag multiple files in windows XP, only two files in Windows 2007). All internal links within the page will be corrected to the new folder location, if nessesary.
  3. Delete (multiple) files and folders
  4. Create new file in chosen folder (this is important but rarely used feature of Frontpage which makes it much easier to put a new file into the necessary folder)
  5. Create new folders within the current folder or any foder on the part of the tree displaed in the view.
  6. View properties of files and folders. Note: properties of the current page can be viewed directly in design view by right clicking the mouse and selecting properties)
  7. If you are in Code view then drugging the drug file to the page view will get path to the file (fin file:/// format)
  8. If you drug the file in Design view you will get the relative link to the file
  9. You can drag folders and file between two different instances of Frontpage (same website or even the same page with two views, or two different websites). Frontpage allow you to open the same page in multiple windows which dives you opportunity to view to different part fo the page in two adjacent windows and manipulate the links and text in it.

If you change the filename or extention of any files from within Folders List, FrontPage automatically updates all the necessary HTML with the appropriate naming or paths. Same is trou if you move to a new folder.

You have the following options when you right-click a document name:

If you wish to select a number of files that are not all next to each other at once, hold down the 'Control' key on the keyboard and make your selection one by one, you can then right click and have a number of options from the pop up box.

To select files next to each other hold down the 'Shift' key on the keyboard and click the top one you want to select and the bottom one you want to select, the files in between will be automatically selected. Now you can either right click for options or drag the files to a new location, even to another open copy of FrontPage. To do this, just hold down the left or right mouse key and drag your selection and hover the mouse pointer over the other FrontPage you have open in the Windows taskbar and it will open up that FrontPage where you can drop your files. Depending on whether you used left or right click: with right click you can move or copy the file; with left click the file will just be copied. Although the WYSIWYG and supporting coding environments are considerable assets to the development of the basic page, the true power of the different FrontPage views comes from the site related viewing options.

In addition to the views mentioned previously, FrontPage 2003 offers the ability to view your site in terms of folders, a way to both view and develop site navigational elements, a solid site reporting engine, a means for examining how hyperlinks relate to each other, and a direct access to the task management system built right in to FrontPage. All of these are offered through the additional site related views discussed next.

Folders View

Folders view presents (available from Web Site tab) presents Windows Explorer style views of files in the particular (current) directory).  You can get content of the current folder  by pressing Web Site

As in Windows Explorer, elements can be renamed and copied with a right-click and dragged and dropped in to other folders via the mouse. Considerable site management and control can be established and maintained through the Folders view.

Folders view presents your site as a series of folders and files similar to the familiar Windows Explorer interface.  Click the top of the columns in the right hand pane, for example 'Name' to sort the folders and files alphabetically, or the 'Modified Date' to sort by date . 

Like is the case with Folder list, if you change the filename or path of any files from within Folders view, FrontPage automatically updates all the necessary HTML with the appropriate naming or paths.


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The Folder List pane shows all the files and folders in the current web and only those. You cannot navigate here to files or folders outside this web.

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If you move or rename a file in the Folder List, FrontPage will update all links to the file automatically. That won't happen if you use Explorer instead.

You can use the tabs at the bottom of the pane to switch from Folder List view to Navigation view.

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