Hi guys, I appreciate your keen interest in
Expression Studio and thus brings up to you a new article in Expression Web 4. In
this article you will be learning how to change the application settings in
Expression Web 4. Hope you would be familiar with the application settings while
working with ASP.NET. The thing is same here only the platform changes. Further
more, this platform is quite smarty to work with as you are handed with much
easier IDE that you have to spend less time in your application as compared to
that in other platform.
So without sparing time lets start with the
application setting, follow the steps below:
Step 1 : First of all open a site from
the storage drive. In this article I will be using the site created in my
previous article. You can open this site by clicking on the Site menubar and
selecting open site.
Step 2 : Then after opening the site go
to Tools-->Application Options. The figure below will assist you for this.
Step 3 : After you select the
Application options from the Tools menu a window opens up as shown below and has
four tabs named :
2. Configure Editors
3. Report Views
Step 4 : Looking at the General tab.
This tab is opened by default as the window opens. This tab has main three
Start up : This option shows the major properties that the Expression Web4
would load on the starting of the application. This option has two main check
boxes to deal with.
a. Open last site automatically when Expression Web starts :- The picture is clear from the line that if the user wants Expression Web would to open the site automatically that he worked recently upon, every time the Expression Web is initiated. By default this option is checked, you can uncheck it if you want to.
b. Check If Expression Web Is The Default Editor For Pages :- This option is also checked by default and is not of much importance so uncheck this option. Checking this option will prompt the user every time to make Expression Web their default Editor and this is very irritating so uncheck this option.
(ii) General : This is the other option
under the General tab. In this option there are two checkbox options. These
a. Use your current windows color scheme :- This check box is unchecked by default and is of less bothering as there is nothing to do with color schemes while focusing over application creation. Still funky user can check this option to allow color changes.
b. Show the status bar :- This is the next option and checked by default. Checking this option allows you to view the status bar in the application at the bottom right corner. The figure below will make it more clear.
Another option you see in the General category
is the proxy setting button. Click on this button and a Internet Properties
window opens up.
This is actually the internet property of the
operating system and through this you can change these properties as per your
requirement, suppose the application in Expression Web is not running in the
browser then you can check and configure the Internet properties from here. You
can add or connect to another network or vice versa. This is where this setting
(iii) PHP : This option has a browse
button that is to set the PHP executable path for the application in this. while
making the application in PHP you can select the path where those applications
will be stored from here.
Step 5 : Now switching to the next tab
Configure Editors. When you select this tab all you get is the list of
extensions and the respective Editors for their editing. This is very useful
when you want to change the default editor for opening a file in the
In this dialog box there are three options on
the extension side and two on the editor side. The fig will show it more
On the Extension side you see:
1: Add new Extension
2: Modify Extension
3: Delete Extension
On the Editor side you see
1: Add new Editor
2: Delete Editor
Now lets see how it works. Click on the add new extension button and the
below window opens up. Type "img" in the text box.
Now on pressing OK you will see that "img" is added to the Extension List.
Now add new editor and select it for this "img" Extension (for example here I
have selected Adobe Image Ready)
Now it is done. This means whenever you will
open a file with extension "img" It will be opened with Adobe Image ready
editor. This is how it works. You can also browse for other editors in the
Step 7 : The next tab is Report View. Select
this tab and you find the following options.
- Recent files are less than
- Older files are more than
- Slow pages take at least
- Assume connection speed of
And a check box showing.
Display gridlines when viewing reports
All these are the options for setting the time
duration or speed of the files or pages being used in the application. You can
change these as per your requirement.
Step 8 : Last tab is the FTP tab. select this
and you will find that there is a textbox which is for adding a new extensions
to the list of previously defined list of extensions. You can add or remove any
new extension you encounter in the application that needs to be added in the
list. see the figure below.
Hope you enjoyed this article and learned
adjusting the application setting in Expression Web.