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Using Microsoft Word to create a web page

You can use Microsoft Word to convert existing documents into HTML format. Use the “Save as Web Page” option to create documents for the web. Remember, layout differences may exist after you convert a document. For example, if you used tabs to create a table in Word, the tab space will not appear in the HTML document. To avoid having to correct an improperly aligned table, always use Word’s Insert Table options to create new tables. Also, each time you use the ENTER key in Word, extra white space will appear in the converted document (let the text wrap automatically whenever possible). 

Note: Read the instructions for using the "Save as Web page..." option before you start.

  1. Open Word. 
  2. When the application opens, from the “File” menu, choose “Open.” Then, from the list of available documents, double click the document you wish to convert. 
    Note: When the document opens, familiarize yourself with the layout. The converted document  will not look exactly like the original. 
  3. From the “File” menu, choose “Save as Web Page.” Click “Save.” 
    Note: When you convert a document to HTML format, you retain the original document as a separate file. The new HTML file has the same file name but a different file extension (.htm). 
  4. When the conversion is complete, the converted file appears in the window (filename.htm). View the HTML source code file by selecting the “View” menu, then “HTML Source.” 
  5. If you have graphics in your document, scroll through the HTML source code to find the reference to the image. Word names images consecutively (Image1.gif, Image2.gif, etc.) When you publish your page, be sure to include these image files.
  6. Return to edit mode by clicking the “X” in the HTML Source window. 
  7. You can modify the HTML file using the Microsoft Word formatting buttons and menu options and the Web toolbar options (insert hyperlink, insert image). When you are satisfied with the appearance of your page, be sure to save it. 
  8. Close your document by selecting the “File” menu, then choosing “Close.” Click the Close button (the “X” in the upper-right corner) to close Word. 
  9. Open your HTML file in a WWW browser to see how it will appear. You can adjust the layout of the page if necessary using Mozilla’s editing options. 
  10. Next,  you must move your files to your Web directory using SSH Secure Shell file transfer software.
  11. Once you have published your page, view it in Mozilla to see how it will appear to the world. 

  12. Open Mozilla Navigator. In the “Location:” box, type the address (URL) of your page.
    • If you published in your “public_html” directory, the URL will be http://udel.edu/~your_username/filename.htm.
    • If you published in an official University directory, the URL will be http://www.udel.edu/directory_path/filename.htm.
    • If you published your student organization page, the URL will be http://copland.udel.edu/stu-org/your_organization's_directory

Updated July 30, 2004
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