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Libraries & Templates: Hints, Tips & Tricks

Libraries

Why Libraries?

  1. Use Libraries to save time!
    • Use Libraries to save typing. When you have a block of text that appears in many places (like a copyright statement), put it in a Library!
    • Navigation menus, headers, footers -- anything that takes time to make and will be used in more than one place, can -- and should -- be saved as a Library.
    • A link in a Library can be in several places in your site, but you only have to change the Library (and upload the affected pages) to update it.

  2. Use Libraries to stay organized!
    • No more hunting through your entire site, looking for links to change: check your Libraries, instead.

Basic steps:

  1. In the Document window, select a portion of a document to save as a library item.

  2. Select Modify > Library > Add Object to Library.

  3. Type a name for the new library item, then press [Enter].

Hints:

  • An easy way to handle an item you plan to add to the Library is to create a table to contain it. Add the entire table as a library item.
  • Libraries can be used both in standalone pages and in templates.
  • Libraries can be used in more than one template. For example, a footer with address, phone, an image and a copyright statement could be added to several templates.

Templates

Basic steps:

  1. Open the document you want to save as a template, or create a new blank document.

  2. When ready to save as a template, select File > Save as Template.

  3. If you have not created any editable regions yet, you will receive a warning when you save. You can ignore it, but don't forget to add an editable region before you're done.