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    changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    I seem to do this every year, so you'd think I'd remember <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    In 2002 I used Straight Edge as the default theme in FP2k, changed it to Network Blitz for 2003, and now would like to use Canvas for 2004. When I made the change from Straight Edge to Network Blitz I found a way to set Network Blitz as the default them so that with each startup of FP2k Network Blitz would be the theme of every new page. Now I want to do the same thing so that Canvas appears for each new page.

    What will it take?

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    I have not tested this with Frontpage 98 or 2000, but it should (in theory) work.

    Locate the file named NORMAL.INF in the folder that FrontPage is installed in. With Office XP, this is {drive}:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeTemplates1033. You can use the Search tool in Windows 2000/XP or the Find tool in Windows 9x/NT.

    Note: there are INF files of the same name in the three sub-folders, Pages, CSS and Webs. Depending on how you use FP, you may need to alter one or all three.

    Next:
    1. <LI>Close FrontPage, if it is open.
      <LI>Copy the file to a safe backup. Dragging with the right mouse button and selecting Copy Here upon release is my method.
      <LI>Delete the original INF file.
      <LI>Locate the INF file for the theme that you would like to be your default.
      <LI>Using the right-drag method, copy this file into the same folder.
      <LI>Rename Copy of {filename}.inf to NORMAL.INF
      <LI>Repeat this for the other two subdirectories noted above.
    Now, when you create a new web, FrontPage should apply your default theme, which is now the one that you prefer.

    Since I have not tested this on anything other than FrontPage XP, please let us know if it works for other versions!

    Cheers,
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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    Thanks, Mark, but I think your solution is bordering on overkill <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

    I think the solution I'm looking for will be recognizable as one of those, "Oh, yeah... that's what I did."

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    Bordering, perhaps....but it works! For FrontPage, I have not found a simpler way, unfortunately. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    Thanks, Mark...I'll keep poking around <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    Try this:
    Go to the Format, Theme menu. Pick your new format. Make sure you choose All pages to apply the theme to. This will make the theme the default for all new pages in the web, as well as updating all existing pages to the new theme.

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    Sorry for the delay - I'm able to get back in the forum!

    Thanks, Catharine... I've had that in my back pocket in case all else fails; in fact, that may be the solution for which I've been searching (?) If that's what I did last year, then it ought to work; however, my hesitancy is that I don't want all pages to share the same theme.

    Do you see any work around?

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    How many themes in your web?
    If you are managing multiple themes - then one way to do this is to use the reporting facility in FP. I'd add a category for each theme used, and assign those pages using the theme as the category (remember pages can have multiple categories that apply to them). This can be done in the reports view, which means you can assign multiple pages to the same category simultaneously (try highlighting all pages that will use the same category and right-click on them). Now you'll be able to view the pages by category, regardless of what folder they are in (there is a category view).
    Assign the default theme (you don't have to switch views to do this) then, by theme category apply the old themes to the selected pages only.
    This is a little tedious, but design-wise MS only planned for one "default" theme per web - so unless you want to go under the hood ...
    Alternately, if your content is so unique that the theme is a visual cue to the user, then perhaps it is time to divide your content into subwebs.

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    Re: changing default theme setting (2000/SP-3)

    My initial post tells of the number of themes in the web and the layout; however, I'll reiterate just the same. There are (so far) three themes in the web, one each for 2002, 2003, and 2004. I'd like to use a different them for each year.

    Somewhere in the past two years, I managed an 'easy' fix to change the default them but have yet to rediscover it. Last year's 'Network Blitz' stills hows as the default theme when a new page appears. While I realize I can make a few clicks to change the theme on each page, I'm looking for a way to automate the process as I've mentioned in the beginning of this thread.

    Your instructions look interesting, and I'll give them a shot. Thanks for the response!

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