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Windows "New HTML Document" Template

The 32 bit versions of the the Windows operating system provide for file templates to be created by selecting the "File > New" menu selection in Explorer or My Computer. If you create HTML documents by hand, this can be useful, to save some of the drudge work of typing in the tags that will be there in most of the documents created, serving as reminders of the correct syntax, and so forth. The default document created by selecting "HTML Document" is pretty sparse, however, it only has beginning and ending HTML tags, like this:


So I made this more detailed one to use as the default:

<META NAME="description" CONTENT="Default HTML page to be used as Windows 'File > New > HTML Document' template.">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Windows, default, sample, template, page, New HTML Document">
<META NAME="author" CONTENT="George Ruban">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<TITLE>New HTML Document</TITLE>
<H1 ALIGN=CENTER>New HTML Document</H1>
<A HREF=>George Ruban</A>, Nov 2000.

On Windows NT the appropriate place for all these "File > New" default files is the C:/WinNT/ShellNew/ directory, and the one used for HTML Document is usually called netscape.html if you have configured the Netscape browser on your machine. Open that file in a text editor such as Notepad, and copy and paste the text from the table above into it, and from then on all files you create with the "File > New > HTML Document" menu selection will start out that way.

Here are what some of the less commonly encountered lines mean.

George Ruban, Nov 2000. 1