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Unlinked Files Report

Using the Unlinked Files Report


The Unlinked files report shows a list of files that cannot be reached directly from the Home Page. Directly means by using an ordinary hyperlink or reference, starting from the Home page, and if necessary, following the same types of link through other pages and files. Examples of "direct" links are:

  • <a href="pagename.htm">link text</a>
  • <img src="pic.jpg" alt="" width="20" height="10" />
  • <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css" type="text/css" />
  • <script type="text/javascript" src="script.js"></script>

Links made in scripting, such as JavaScript, are not direct links. Examples of links that are not "direct" are:

  • <script type="text/javascript">
    doument.write('<a href="pagename.htm">link text</a>);
    </script>
  • <!--#include file="menu.asp"-->
  • <!--#include virtual="/fp/articles/menu.asp"-->

One other requirement for this report is that meta data is enabled. Meta data will always be enabled for any website opened in FrontPage, but has to be enabled in Expression Web. With the website open in  Expression Web 3 or 4:

  • From the menu use Site->Site Settings
  • On the General Tab tick the check box labelled "Maintain the website using hidden metadata files"

In some circumstances this check box will not be present, or not available -

  • when the website is opened using FTP
  • when the website is a subsite of a website with the option already enabled
  • when the website is opened on a server running FrontPage extensions

In a FrontPage extended site the metadata is always used and the checkbox ticked.


Files with links to them in the Unlinked Files report are files that have links to them from other files that are themselves unlinked (and in that list).

When determining if a page is linked to or not, outgoing links (from the page) are not relevant - it is only links TO the page that should be considered.

Unlinked Files ReportIn FrontPage 2003 and Expression Web the unlinked files report is similar to this: (click on the thumbnail to see the large image)

There are columns labelled Links to:  and  Links from:  which are not present in the report in FrontPage 2000.

The Links to: column shows the number of files that link to the page (using direct links), and Links from: shows the number of files the page has links to.

This example shows pages that have between 0 and 8 links to them. All these pages are linked to from menu.asp, which is used as a Server Side Include in other pages.

menu.asp is in the list since there are no pages in the site with a direct link to it.

Viewing the hyperlinks to each page shows the pages linked to it - in this example all these pages are in the Unlinked Files Report - and all are linked from menu.asp.