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Checking Your Work

Your web site should be taking shape nicely. You'll generally be working in Web Layout view as you build your pages (View, Web Layout). This gives a pretty fair estimate of what you should see on the web when you post the site. However, it's a good idea to preview your pages in the browser because web design in Word is still not as WYSIWYG as print design. To see the way your page would look on the web, choose File, Web Page Preview.

Make any other necessary adjustments and keep previewing until the page looks the way you like it.

It's also a good idea to check your web pages by launching your browser separately and navigating to your web pages. (In Internet Explorer, you can do this by selecting File, Open and then browsing to your webdev folder.) Check with as many browsers as you have on your computer.

If this page doesn't look as good as you'd like, make your adjustments now. If you rather like it, you're ready to use it to build the bones of your entire site:

  1. Select everything on your page (Ctrl+A).
  2. Copy it (Ctrl+C).
  3. Open each page in turn and paste this shell (Ctrl+V).
  4. Type a placeholder in one of your cells (something like This is the home page or This is the contact page) and save the page.

Close all the files except your home page (index.html).

Check your links. If any of the links don't work properly, you'll need to reinsert the hyperlink.

You should have a banner, the left navigation bar, and an identifying placeholder message, which you'll remove later. All you need now is the text and graphic information peculiar to each page.

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