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FrontPage 2003 doesn't show themes that were previously applied

Posted on 2008-10-17
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I've created a number of websites over the past 4 years using Frontpage 2003. Never really had a problem until now. Each website that I created uses a different theme. Each website has a separate folder within the 'My Websites' folder. I was cleaning up my old second hard drive and came across a couple of websites I had forgotten about. I used Windows Explorer to copy each of these two folders to the 'My Websites' folder. After having done that I went in to work on a page of my most recent website and discovered the theme and all of it's components were missing. I checked the page with a browser and all of the theme components were still there (I used the exact same file with FP2003 as well as the browser). I then tried saving the page in FP2003 and when I opened it in the browser the theme was gone.

My question is, what happened and is there some way to correct this without reapplying the theme (which would include adding text to a number of banners, adding the navigation buttons to a menu, etcetera)?

Gumby©
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by:James Murrell
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Hello Gumby_Clay,

i think you need to copy the hidden folders as well...

Click Start.
Open My Computer.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click Yes to confirm.
Click OK.

Regards,

cs97jjm3
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by:Gumby_Clay
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Thanks CS. When I initiallly installed XP (as well as win98 and win95 before that) I always ensure that hidden and system files are visible. I did notice that the hidden files for the websites did not have the 'hidden' attribute after I posted the question so I changed them according to a website I still have in a different location that still shows the theme components. I assure you that the hidden folders did copy over. I appreciate that thought though. Any other suggestions?

Gumby©
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Here's something interesting. I decided to COPY the  website that I had in a different location to the 'My Websites' folder just to see what happens. It retained it's theme properties when I opened it in FP2003. I then checked the other websites in the 'My Websites' folder and all theme properties are back to normal when opened in FP2003. I don't understand it but I am elated with the results.
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