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Opening html files in Front Page

A few weeks ago, I posted a question about why html files opened in Word rather than Front Page (which was used to generate them). The suggested answer was to make sure that folders and file types were correctly associated. I went to Control Panel, Folders Options, File Types, and made sure that html and htm files would be opened by Front Page.

If I select a file from a list in Windows Explorer, the files do, in fact, open in Front Page.

However, if I am using Front Page and want to open a htm or html file, using: File, Open, and selecting, Word opens and the selected file is loaded into it!

A subterfuge that works is: open Front Page, new file. Insert the desired file, then save as xxx.html. One must be careful, because the default name for Front Page New Files is index.html. (Ah, the havoc that could cause!)

All this started when Office 2003 Pro was loaded.

Gateway GT512, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB C:\, Windows XP Media Center, Office 2003, Front Page 2003.

Help would really be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Vince Rosati

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Default HTML editor

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Vince, you might try setting Front Page as your default HTML editor by clicking start, control panel, network and Internet connections, Internet options, Programs tab, and then selecting from the HTML Editor dropdown list.

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Default HTML Editor

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Thanks for the quick reply. I checked the Programs tab under Internet Options, and Front Page was already set as the HTML editor.

So, I'm still at the same place.



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Vince, although you...

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"I went to Control Panel, Folders Options, File Types, and made sure that html and htm files would be opened by Front Page."

You might want to relook at what happens there.

Under the HTML Document file type you should note that there are several actions (New, Print, Edit with ..., open, Open with ..., Print to, and possibly others (I also have strip associated with an app that strips tags).

You really want the open associated with your browser. Edit should be associated with whatever you use to edit an html file (I still like Notepad), and Open With ... is where you indicate Frontpage. Now, when you right click a file with an htm or html extension you will have "Open with Frontpage" in the context menu AND after opening Frontpage you should now have no problem using the File | Open dialog.

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HTML Default editor

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Ed, Thanks for the suggestion. I think I'm making some headway.

At first, I did not see the "Advanced" tab, just "Restore." I also noticed that the program to open HTM and HTML files was Firefox. (I never asked Firefox to be my default viewer.) Anyway, after Restore, I did see the Advanced tab.

When I opened it, a dialog box opened: "Edit File Type," and under it "Edit, Print, and Open." I chose Edit.

ANother box opened that said Editing File Type, in dialog spaces it showed: Action "&edit," and under that, "App to perform action: "C:\Prog Files\MS Office\Office 11\msohtmed.exe"%1.

I wanted to change that to MS Front Page, but I don't know how.

I think I'm in too deep!

I think msohtmed is Microsoft HTM Editor, but I haven't a clue what that means.

By the way, Firefox is gone, but the trouble remains, so no connection I guess.


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