Configuring File Editor in Microsoft Expression Web

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 10/7/2008, in Category Expression Web
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Abstract: Every time we open a file or a page in Microsoft Expression Web it opens using some program. Who and what decides which program the file should use to open? Do I have to go along with the default program or can I use an application of my choice to view and edit my pages? Read this article to find out the answer to your questions.
Configuring File Editor in Microsoft Expression Web
Note: The article has been republished with some updates.
If you double click on the files in the Folder List, Expression Web opens most of them in its own editor/window. Most of the times you may prefer this, but in other cases, you may wish to override this behaviour and open some files in a different application; for instance you may want to open the picture files in Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Let us see how to do so:
Expression Web lets you configure this setting. Follow the steps given below:
1.    To specify the application a file should open in, go to Tools > Application Options and click on Configure Editors tab.
     Expression Web Application Options - Configure Editors tab
2.      The Configure Editors tab in Application Options dialog lists file extensions and their related editors. You have the provision of moving these editors up and down the order using the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the default editor. Since the default editor always tops the list, whenever you move a different editor to the top it is set as default. Other method to make an editor as default is to select that editor and click on the Make Default button.
3.      Now whenever you double click a file in the Folder List taskpane it will open in the default editor you just set.
4.    The Configure Editors tab has five buttons as shown in the picture below:
     Expression Web Configure Editors Option buttons 
New Extension (Alt+N) lets you add a new file extension and configure the appropriate editors for it. When you click on this button, Open With dialog box appears.
     Expression Web Open With dialog box (New Extension)
Enter the extension of the file without preceeding with a dot and then from the list choose the program you would like to open and edit the file with. If the application you would like to use for the file is not available in the list then click on Browse for more and navigate to the executable of the editor program.
Modify Extension (Alt+M)allows you to edit the selected extension.
Delete Extension (Alt+D) deletes the selected extension from the list of extensions. If you try opening this deleted file type from the folder list then Expression Web prompts you to choose the program with which you would like to open this file.
New Editor (Alt+N) adds a new editor for the file extension selected. To configure a new editor for a filetype, choose the extension and then click on this button. This would prompt the Open With dialog box.
     Expression Web Open With dialog box (New Editor)
This dialog box is different from what we have seen above in creating a New Extension. Choose the program you want to open the selected file from the list or click on Browse for more to add a new editor program.
Delete Editor (Alt+D) deletes the editor associated with a file extension.
5.    A shortcut to reach the 'Open With' window is to right click on the file or page from the Folder List taskpane and choose Open With and from the submenu choose the appropriate editor program.
    Expression Web Open With
If you want to choose an application other than the ones that are listed in the menu, select the option Choose program to open the Open With dialog box.
    Expression Web Open With dialog box
The Associate files of this type with the selected program checkbox lets you decide if you want all similar pages to be opened with this editor program. Set as default checkbox lets you make a particular editor program as default.
I hope my article has solved some of your queries regarding the File Editor in Microsoft Expressions Web. I thank you for reading this article.
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This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Minal Agarwal, Expression Web MVP, MCDST, works as a freelance web designer (SaffronStroke) working on Expression Web, Photoshop and other Graphical tools. As a hobby, she also runs a famous Food site called Follow her on twitter @ saffronstroke

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Comment posted by pathoda on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 12:13 AM
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