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Microsoft KB Archive/173434

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FP: Indent Formatting in Word HTML File Converted to Bullets

Article ID: 173434

Article Last Modified on 11/4/2003


  • Microsoft FrontPage 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft FrontPage 1.0 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q173434


When you create a Word 97 document and apply increase indent formatting to the text, save the document in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) format, and then open the document in FrontPage 97, the HTML code is converted incorrectly. In FrontPage 97, the text is formatted with bullet formatting.

NOTE: To increase the indentation of text in Word 97, click the Increase Indent button on the Formatting toolbar.


This problem occurs because Word 97 converts the indented formatting to a <DIR> element and FrontPage 97 saves indented formatting as a < BLOCKQUOTE > element. FrontPage will not convert the <DIR> element to a < BLOCKQUOTE > element.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. Create the page in Word 97 and apply the formatting you want.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, in the Save As Type list, click Word Document, type a file name for the file, and then click Save.
  4. Start or switch to FrontPage Editor.
  5. On the File menu, click Open.
  6. Click the Other Location tab.
  7. Click From File.
  8. In the From File box, enter the file name of the Word document. Or, click Browse and select the Word document.
  9. Click Open.

NOTE: The file will open and the text that was originally formatted using the Increase Indent command will not be formatted as bullet items. You can save the file in the current web by clicking Save As on the File menu.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft FrontPage 98 for Windows.

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