Changing Default Color Scheme in Expression Web 4

Now that Expression Web 4 SP2a is available for free download, you have decided to move from your ancient FrontPage software or even an earlier version of Expression Web. You install the free version and look at the User Interface which is black and gray by default.

Screenshot Expression Web 4 User Interface.

Expression Web 4 User Interface

You decide this is too dark for you to comfortably work with and want to change it. This is easily done by going to Tools > Applications Options > General tab and ticking ‘Use your current Windows color scheme.’
Screenshot Application Options.

Screenshot Application Options.

Check and see if you like working with this interface.
Screenshot EW4 using Windows Color Scheme.

Screenshot EW4 using Windows Color Scheme.

After you have worked with Expression Web for a while, you may find out you prefer the black and gray interface as I do. It is easy enough to change back. While you are at it, why not download Tina Clarke’s free Setting up Expression Web 4 EBook.

Universal comment/uncomment

Quite often as you are working on your website, you need a quick way to comment and uncommnent your code as you test various code combinations.  Expression Web 4 with SP2 gives you a new feature – Universal comment/uncomment. Highlight the line or lines of code you wish to comment or uncomment and use Ctrl + J to add the correct commenting syntax for the language you are currently working with be it  PHP, JS, CSS, HTML. To uncomment the code, use Ctrl + Shift + J.


Expression Web Community Toolbar updated

Do you hate to spend your time searching the web for sites with information, tutorials, and such on Expression Web? Do you find the sites, then forget to bookmark them? Wouldn’t you rather spend your time working on your site than hunting for the tutorials and resources you need to get the job done?

Then our Free Expression Web Community Toolbar is just the tool you need! It’s updated frequently and the new links are added at the top of the various categories. Look for “NEW LINKS – LOOK HERE FIRST” with a date for the newest offerings. The Expression Web Community Toolbar is brought to you by Pat Geary and Tina Clarke of Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web. Both Pat and Tina are Microsoft MVP’s for Expression Web.

Updated: 6th February, 2011 Expression Web and Web Design Links

The toolbar includes all of the  Expression Web versions 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as the Expression applications.

  • Expression Design
  • Expression Blend
  • Expression Encoder

It also includes links for  Contests, Giveaways, and special offers for Expression Web 3.0 and 4.0. Want to know what Expression Web Communities, Webcasts and Live Events might be available? Those are included too.

The toolbar would not be complete without resources for Web Design in general and you can find that information too.

Let Tina and Pat let their “fingers do the walking for you” while you spend your time working on your site, and of course, reading all the good information posted on the toolbar. The toolbar is free so download and install you Free Expression Web Community Toolbar today.

Expression Web Community Toolbar.

Expression Web Community Toolbar

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image of the current toolbar.

Bookmarks and Hyperlinks

“When inserting a bookmark using Expression Web, how can I keep it from looking and acting like a hyperlink?” was a recent question I was asked.  When inserting a bookmark using Expression Web, most folks will highlight a word or series of words and insert the bookmark. The resulting code will look like this:

<a name=”Site_Map_page”>Site Map page</a>

The above code will act like a hyperlinked line of text, taking on the formatting specified in your style sheet. If instead of highlighting the text Site Map, you insert the bookmark BEFORE Site Map, the bookmark will NOT act like a hyperlink but you can still link to it. Your code would then look like this:

<a name=”Site_Map_page”></a>Site Map page

Simple solution.

Migrate Existing File Definitions to Expression Web 4

Screenshot sitedata folder in Expression Web 3.Each time I install a new version of Expression Web, I always have to re-enter all of the publishing information for each site. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could just copy them for one version to another. Now you can migrate existing file definitions  from version 3 to version 4. You will need  to copy  the SiteData directory (or just certain folders from that directory)

C:\Users\UserName\APPDATA\Microsoft\Expression\Web 3\SiteData

to the equivalent Web 4 location which for me is

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Expression\Web 4\SiteData

I just copied the folder for one of my Expression Web 3 sites that I had not yet set up in Expression Web 4 and it works perfectly. Quite a time saver!