Customize your Web site in Publisher

Applies to
Microsoft® Office Publisher 2003

When you create a Web site using Publisher, you have many options for customizing the design and functionality of the Web site to meet the needs of your business.

The following areas address the basics of customizing your Web site:

 Tip   Creating a Web presence for your business is as easy as selecting one of Publisher's Web Site Wizards, which will take you through the basic steps of creating a Web site. After you add your own content to and customize the Web site, it is ready to publish to the Internet. For more information and a step-by-step introduction to creating a Web site for your business, follow the See Also link in this article: Establish a Web presence with Publisher.

Working in Web mode

When you use Publisher to create a Web publication or to open an existing Web publication, you work in Publisher’s Web mode. Web mode provides a design and editing environment that is tailored to creating Web publications. An easy way to determine if you are working in Web mode is to look for a globe symbol to the left of the page sorter controls at the bottom left of the work space. In addition, the title bar of your publication displays the phrase Web Publication.

Web mode

You'll notice some differences between print and Web mode.

  • Certain text formatting options and other features that are specific to print publications, such as Commercial Printing Tools, are not available in Web mode.
  • Some features available only in Web mode are specific to publishing a publication on the Internet. These features include navigation bars, form controls, and HTML code fragments.
  • You can choose to view only Web fonts in Web mode so that you select only fonts that are easy to read on computer screens and that look the same in all Web browsers.

Change the design and layout of your Web site

After you have created a Web publication using one of Microsoft Publisher Web Site Wizards, several customization options are available in the task pane that allow you to easily change the look of pages on your Web site:

To change page layout and content

  1. On the Format menu, click Page Content.
  2. In the Page Content task pane, under Layout, choose any of the layout options.
  3. Under Page options, you can choose additional options to rename the page or select background fill and sound.

You can dramatically change the look of your Web site by choosing from the color schemes Publisher provides, or you can modify one of these color schemes to match your business theme.

To change the design of the Web site

  1. On the Format menu, click Publication Designs.
  2. Under Apply a design, click the design you want.

The design changes for all of the pages of your Web site.

  1. You can reset various changes you've made to the pages by clicking Reset current design and choosing from the options provided.

To change the color scheme

  1. On the Format menu, click Color Schemes.
  2. Click a color scheme to apply it to your Web site.

To create and save a custom color scheme

  1. On the Format menu, click Color Schemes.
  2. In the Color Schemes task pane, under Apply a color scheme, click Custom color scheme.
  3. Click the arrow next to each color you want to change, and then select a new color.

To see more color choices, click More Colors.

To use a shade (shade: A color that is mixed with black. A 10-percent shade is one part of the original color and nine parts black.) or tint (tint: A color mixed with white. A 10-percent tint is one part of the original color and nine parts white.), click Fill Effects.

  1. Click Save Scheme, and then type a name for your color scheme (color scheme: A predefined set of harmonized colors that you can apply to text and objects. Text and objects with an applied scheme color will change automatically when you switch to a new color scheme or modify the current color scheme.).

All objects in your publication that were filled with scheme colors are now filled with the colors in your custom color scheme.

 Note   Your custom color scheme appears in the list of standard color schemes. The colors you selected also appear under Scheme Colors when you click the Fill Color button on the Formatting toolbar.

Font schemes make it easy to change all of the fonts in a publication to give it a consistent, professional appearance. Font schemes include a major and a minor font. The major font is used for titles and headings while the minor font is used for body text.

To change a font scheme

  1. On the Format menu, click Font Schemes.
  2. In the Font Schemes task pane, under Apply a font scheme, click a font scheme to represent your business.

The font changes for all of the pages of your Web site.

Adding new pages to your Web site

After you add content to the Web pages in your Web publication, you might find you need additional pages to display your content. You can choose from more than two dozen page types to add to your publication.

To add a page to your Web site

  1. In your Web publication, go to the page that precedes where you want to add your new page.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Page.
  3. In the Insert Web Page dialog box, click the page type that you want, check the Add hyperlink to navigation bars check box if you want the page accessible from any navigation bar on the Web site, and then click OK.

Tip     If you want to add several pages at once that duplicate the current page, are blank, or have only one text box on each page, click More at the bottom of the Insert Web Page dialog box.

  1. To change the navigation bar style for the pages, in the Web Site Options task pane, under Navigation bar, click the style you want.
  2. To change the layout for any page, in the Page Content task pane, under Layout, choose the layout you want.

 Notes 

  • When you select certain page types in the Insert Web Page dialog box, more than one page is added. Some page type options in the Insert Web Page dialog box insert a page with links to other pages, and the linked pages are inserted at the same time. Some examples of these page type options are Calendar with Links, Employee List with Links, Photo Gallery with Links, Product List with Links, and Project List/Resume with Links.
  • You can also add a page by duplicating an existing page. If you add a duplicate page, it will be a copy of the page you select, and it will not automatically update if you change the publication design of any other wizard pages in your publication.
  • To add a page or a series of pages related to a specific function you want the Web site to perform (for example, sell products or describe services), on the Web Site Options task pane, under Add to your Web site, click Add functionality. Choose the function you want, and then click OK.

Adding and changing navigation bars

A navigation bar is a grouped set of hyperlinks that provide visitors with an easy way to find information on a Web site. Internet users have come to rely on navigation bars to explore Web pages and to use as a reference for where they are on a site. If you create a Web site using a Publisher Web Site Wizard, navigation bars are added by default. Publisher offers several options for changing the layout and appearance of navigation bars on your Web site.

Adding navigation bars

You can add a new navigation bar to a Web publication using Publisher. In addition, if you add Web pages to your Web site and want them to have navigation bars as well, you can add new instances of navigation bars you've already created.

To add a navigation bar to a Web page

Navigation bars are available only if you are working on a Web publication.

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Navigation Bar, and click New if you want to insert a new navigation bar, or click Existing if you want to insert a navigation bar that already exists on the Web site.
  2. Select the navigation bar style you want, and click Insert Object.
  3. In the Create New Navigation Bar dialog box, choose the options you want, and then click OK.

 Notes 

  • You'll want to position the newly inserted navigation bar in a location that is easy to find but doesn't overlap other information on the Web site.
  • Adding a navigation bar to a page provides visitors to your Web site easy navigation around your site. The new navigation bar you insert will have the same colors and fonts as the rest of the Web site and you have the option to select one of a variety of designs. Changes to a newly inserted navigation bar have no effect on existing navigation bars.
  • If you choose to add an existing navigation bar to a Web page that doesn't have one, the inserted navigation bar behaves as the other existing navigation bars do when styles, colors, or fonts are changed.

Adding and changing links on a navigation bar

Within a navigation bar, you can add new links, remove existing links, and change the order of the links. You can also choose to have a link go to other pages on the Web site or to other Web sites or to an e-mail address.

To add a link to a navigation bar

  1. Select the navigation bar to which you want to add links.
  2. On the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties, and then click the General tab.
  3. Click Add Link.
  4. In the Add link dialog box, do one of the following:

ShowAdd a link to another page on the Web site

  1. Under Link to, click Place in this document.
  2. Under Select a place in this document, click the page that you want to link to the navigation bar.
  3. In the Text to display box, type the text that you want to appear on the navigation bar, and then click OK.
  4. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

ShowAdd a link to an external destination

  1. Under Link to, click Existing File or Web Page.
  2. Do one of the following:
  3. In the Text to display box, type the text that you want to appear on the navigation bar, and then click OK.
  4. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

ShowAdd a link to an e-mail address

You can add links to the navigation bar that enable visitors to send e-mail to a specific e-mail address.

  1. Under Link to, click E-mail Address.
  2. Under E-mail Address, type the e-mail address that you want to use, or select an e-mail address from the Recently used e-mail addresses box.
  3. In the Subject box, type the text that you want to appear as subject of the e-mail message.
  4. In the Text to display box, type the text that you want to appear on the navigation bar, and then click OK.
  5. In the Navigation Bar Properties dialog box, click OK.

 Note   Some Web browsers and e-mail programs might not recognize the subject line.

  1. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have added all of the links that you want to add to the navigation bar.

Changing the look of a navigation bar

You can change the look of a navigation bar by selecting one of several design options for navigation bars. If you change the default navigation bar, it is changed on all pages.

To change the design of a navigation bar

  1. Select the navigation bar on any page, and then under the Format menu, click Navigation Bar Properties.
  2. On the Style tab, select the design, button size, and orientation you want for the navigation bar.
 
 
Applies to:
Publisher 2003