1.2. Page Editor

The Page Editor in SharePoint Designer is the design surface where you compose the elements of your page. It offers three primary modes, or views, of the page that is currently open — Design, Code, and Split. These modes are selected with the Page Mode toolbar, at the left along the lower window margin. When no page is open for editing, the central area of the workspace shows the Web Site structural views (covered later in this chapter).

All three views are available for web page file types (.htm,.aspx, and .master, for example). Files such as .css, .js, and .txt that do not have a direct visual component only have Code view and do not display the Page Mode toolbar.

Figure 1-3 shows the Page Editor in Design view, with the menu and all of the toolbars and task panes removed. This can be accomplished either by closing or floating each item, and dragging the floated items someplace unobtrusive. (This is sometimes referred to as dragging the element offstage.) What remain are the design surface itself and the status bar.

Figure 1-3. Figure 1-3

The Page Editor has the following elements (see Figure 1-3):

  • Tab bar: Across the top of the Page Editor is a tab bar, which gives access to each file that is currently open in SharePoint Designer. Files that have been modified since being opened or last saved are indicated with an asterisk (*). The leftmost tab, Web Site, ...

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