Borders Have Their Own Themes
The theme of top, bottom, left, and right borders must be changed
separately from the main screen.
Theme Check Box Selections
Even though it's not shown as underlines on the screen, you could use
shortcuts shown below (for example, press Alt+V for Vivid colors):
- Vivid colors
- Active graphics (mouse hover)
- Background picture
- Apply using CSS
How selections are stored
These four selections are stored at the front of the htm file within a meta
tag, The example below is for a font named
“artsy" which h as all items checked:
1 means selected ( vivid colors).
0 means not selected (normal instead of vivid colors).
This convention is also used to name the css file used by shared borders in
the _borders folder.
Tricks to Apply Using CSS
There are several things to keep in mind before selecting “Apply Using
- Horizontal rules appear as a line when “Apply Using CSS" is
checked and as a graphic when it is not checked (when it is
- Users of Netscape and other browsers will not (see Microsoft
Knowledge Base article Q219174 ).
Cascading Style Sheets
Use of css allows some nifty tricks:
- graphic bullets appear in front of list items (such as shown here).
- linked text can appear without underline until the mouse hovers over it.
Read: Introduction to Style Sheets for Netscape
Style names pre-defined by Microsoft are prefixed with .mstheme
Each theme has a subfolder under the hidden directory _themes.
For example, the Arcs theme has an arcs folder.
In this folder are two files for two different encoding formats:
|These contain the same two sections of
[info] contains title=, codepage=, version=, etc.
The unique format of a theme are defined by Cascading Style Sheet (css) files
within each theme folder:
|assigns the font-family for .body normal text
and text in the top Navigation Bar. Assigns the background
color when there is no textured background image.
|assigns the text colors in styles
a:link, a:visited, a:active, body, H1 thru H6, HR, TH, TR, CAPTION,
LEGEND, etc. Also assigns the background-image. File prefix 1 =
|assigns the .mstheme and UL style
for text in the Navigation Bar (font-family, color, text-align,
vertical-align, etc.). File prefix 1 = Hover buttons (active
To Install Additional Themes you need the Front Page Installation
To install themes from a third party, use Windows Explorer to copy a theme
folder to the directory
Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Themes
You need to exit and invoke Front Page again for new themes to be
There should be three files in each theme folder:
Add External Cascading Style Sheet
Format | Style Sheet Links
Put Navigation Buttons on Any Side
In Format | Shared Borders, there is no check box to
include navigation buttons within Bottom or Right borders.
Buttons are generated by webbot bot=navigation.
But you could go in the _borders folder, open top.htm or left.htm, copy
the following HTML code (shown below), open bottom.htm or right.htm,
click the HTML tab, paste the code under the <BODY>, then change
bot="Navigation" s-type="bottom" s-orientation="horizontal"
b-include-up="TRUE" U-Page S-Target --> </p>
Change the s-type parameter to s-type="bottom" or
Now go to Normal view and alt-click (right-click) the new buttons to
select Navigation Bar Properties (level, Home page, Parent page,
Horizontal/Vertical, and Text/Buttons).
Add Horizontal Line or Rule Graphic
While you're editing bottom.htm, consider inserting something
missing from most themes -- a Horizontal Line or Rule graphic to
navigation items from page text.
Alt-click on the line to change its properties to set width to 80%
and center it.
Add Hover Buttons
When you insert Component Hover button, they appear only as a rectangle.
This results in the placement of files fphover.class and animate.js
in your web folder.
Alt-click or double-click on the line to change its properties to set the Effect
to glow, bevel, etc. No, you can't select both glow and bevel
at the same time.
Save as a Front Page Template
Once you're happy with the layout, save your sheet as a template from which
to base future pages.