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Editing Web Pages

Because Web pages are most often viewed with a Web browser, when you double-click them on the Desktop, the default browser cheerily opens up and displays them. If you want to edit the Web page, you'll have to manually open them in your word processor.

To edit Web pages:

  1. Open your word processor.

  2. Choose File > Open.

  3. Navigate to the directory that contains the desired file.

  4. If you don't see your file listed, choose the All Documents option in the Files of type box (Figures 2.15 and 2.16). The name and location may vary slightly from program to program and platform to platform.

    Figure 15Figure 2.15 Many word processors in Windows can't automatically see (X)HTML files. Choose All Documents if necessary to view files with any extension.

    Figure 16Figure 2.16 Once files with any extension are displayed, you can choose the appropriate file and click Open.

  5. Then click Open. Your file is ready to edit.


  • Usually, once you've made changes to an already saved document, you can simply choose File > Save to save the changes, without having to worry about the format as described on page 50.

  • Right-click the Web page's icon in Windows and then choose Edit to open the Web page in the default HTML editor (Figure 2.17). You can specify the word processor that should appear in this menu, but it's a bit involved to go into right here. Check my Web site for the details (see page 24).

    Figure 17Figure 2.17 In Windows, you can also right-click the document's icon and then choose Edit in the pop-up menu that appears. (Note that the default browser here appears to be Netscape, given the Web page's icon.)

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