Control Your Text with FrontPage Express

FrontPage Cheat Sheet No. 3


CFH Web WorkshopFormat text, add links, and control the appearance of your pages

FrontPage Express offers many of the same formatting possibilities as your word processor. Controlling your text will make your webpage easier to read, omit the need for extra images, and enhance your website. Here are some things you can do.


  • Select the text you wish to change

  • Choose Format, Font

  • In the window that appears, you will see options to change size, color, and effects of your text (you will also see a lot of special attributes, but not all browsers support these).

  • Make your selections, then press OK

  • Alternately, you can choose bold, italic and underline from the buttons along the top.

(Note: Keep in mind that not all computers will have the same fonts. If you would like to use a specific font, choose one common to most computers such as arial, helvetica or times, or choose serif or sans-serif for their default)

Line spacing:

When you press return, the text skips a line instead of just breaking. This is preformatted in FrontPage Express but there is a way around it. When you want the line to break without a space in between lines, go to Insert, Break and choose Normal Line Break.

Indenting Text

FrontPage Express has no option to indent text, but you can do it yourself in HTML.

  • Enter the text you want to indent.

  • Go to View, HTML.

  • You will see code that begins with <HTML>.

  • Scroll down until you see the text you wish to indent.

  • Type <blockquote> immediately before the text begins and </blockquote> at the very end.

  • Choose OK.

You should see your original document with the indented text. If you wish to indent some text within some text, simply add another <blockquote></blockquote> around the second indented text. Be sure to always include the end tag so that the rest of your document is not indented as well.

Linking Text

You can link your text to another website, your own site, or to the same page. This is useful if you want a lot of information to be on the same page. You can create a table of contents at the top of your page and link each idea to a section of your page. This way, your viewers can visit the section they find interesting and don't feel lost scrolling through endless words.

To link to another website:

  • Highlight the text you want to link.

  • Choose Insert, Hyperlink.

  • Click on the World Wide Web tab and enter the address in the URL field with HTTP: chosen as the type. There may be an address in the space already. If you want another address, simply delete the existing one and enter your preferred address.

  • Choose OK.

Linking Within Your Site

You can link to other pages within your site:

  • Highlight the text to link.

  • Choose Insert, Hyperlink, or click on the button with the globe and chain on it.

  • If your destination page is open, choose the Open Pages tab and click on the page you want.

  • If you have not created the page, choose New Page.

  • Enter the Title of the page and the file name and choose OK.

To link within the same page:

Links within your site are called bookmarks. You need to put what is called an anchor link around the text you want to link from as well as a named anchor point that the hyperlink points to.

  • Select the first letter of the word you wish to jump to.

  • Choose Edit, Bookmarks.

  • Enter a name for the bookmark and choose OK.

  • Highlight the text you want to make into a link.

  • Choose Insert, Hyperlink.

  • Click on the name of the file you are working on and locate the bookmark name and select it. Choose OK.

You can also link to a specific place on a page within your site.

  • Follow the previous steps for setting up the anchor names that you want to jump to.

  • In the page you want to link from, highlight your text and choose Insert Hyperlink.

  • Select the page you want to link to and locate the bookmark name.

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