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How to make a link in Bluegriffon

Start BG and get your working document on the screen.

To link to some TEXT:

  • Highlight the text
  • Right click on the highlighted text
  • Select “Insert or Edit a Link.”  A link box will appear
  • In the “target” slot, type the exact URL of the line.  For example “”
  • Check the “Make URL” box
  • Put “alternate text” in the Advisory slot
  • Check the Open the link in box and select your fancy
  • Click OK

Making a link

To link to an IMAGE, do the same thing only point to the image and then RIGHT click.

Moving files to Bluegriffon

“All of my web page files are in Front Page.  Do I have to move them to Bluegriffon in order to work on them.”

NO…..  you need a better understanding about document organization.

There are only Folders, Files, and Tools.  You organize your files into folders that make sense to you and then you use various software tools, like Bluegriffon, to work on them where they are located.  Files are not “in” the program that you use as a tool to work on them.

Lets say you have a bunch of wood  in your shop and you cut it with your chop saw.  If you bought a new Band Saw would you say….. “My wood has always been in my Chop Saw, do I have to move it into my Band Saw?”  No…. your wood is in your shop and you use the band saw and the chop saw in your shop to work on the wood that is there.

Now, lets talk about cats, dogs, and pigs….

Suppose you have 3 web pages, one about cats, one about dogs, and one about pigs.

You could have ALL the files for those web pages in ONE folder called Documents or called anything you like….the name doesn’t matter.  The problem is this would be confusing.  You would constantly worry about mixing up the subjects.  It would become more confusing as you added more and more animals.  Most people have hundreds of un-organized files in one folder.

It is better to have a folder called Documents, then UNDER that folder have 3 folders one called cats, one called dogs, and one called pigs.  In those folders you put only the files pertaining to each web page.  All the cat files go under cats, etc.  This is not necessary, but it is just good practice to save confusion.  Your disk folder layout should look something like this.



When your files are arranged in folders that you understand then you can use ANY tool to work on them.  “Bluegriffon” (BG), “Front Page” (FP), …. whatever.  The wood is not IN the tool, you use the tool to work ON the wood.

EXCEPTION….. (there are always exceptions)
Some programs have their own format and their own extension for their files…and then you export the files to their final form.  For example….
Photoshop has its own file format and when you want a .jpg you have to use “save as” and indicate the type of file that you want.  People may wrongly say, “My picture is IN Photoshop.”  Photoshop is just a tool…. your photo is in a folder and may be in Photoshop format.

Regardless of format…. you can still have the files located IN their proper folders, dogs, cats, and pigs.

BG uses the standard HTML files so no problem here.  I do not know about FP but I think it also uses standard HTML….. I don’t remember.  So the exception is probably not a worry in this case.

ALL of this organization is done locally on YOUR computer.  When you are ready to publish it to the web, you simply upload the Cat files to the Cat web page (where ever that is), the dog file to the dog web page, and the pig files to the pigs web page.

If you are well organized, then there is no question about what files need to go where.

How to undo things in Bluegriffon

Most Linux programs support the standard CTRL-Z to undo the last operation.  Most programs will continue undoing for several levels, just keep pressing CTRL-Z

How to change fonts and colors with Bluegriffon

I guess I’m a dummy cause it took my quite a while to figure this out even though it was staring me in the face.  Here is how to do it.

In your text, highlight some words that you want to change.  Now look at the menu bars….. here is a small clip of them.

LO_18  Notice the slot that normally says “Variable Width.”  Click the arrow to the left of the slot and you can choose your font from the pull down list.  You can click the !, !!, C, B, I, U buttons to change the emphasis.  Now notice the two circles just to the left of the font slot.  Normally they are black and white.  Click the one on the left to change the font color.  Click the one on the right to change the background.  Experiment a little on a test page until your are proficient.

Bluegriffon Thesaurus

From what I can tell, Bluegriffon does not have a Thesaurus built into it as of version 1.7.2.  The dictionary works but leaves much to be desired when compared to others that I have used.

There is a work around for the thesaurus as follows:

Click Kmenu, system, Muon Discover

In the search slot type in “Artha”  and install it.

Artha is a pop up thesaurus and dictionary that works with any almost any program and is activated with a hot key.  The default hot key is CTRL-ALT-W and you can change if you like.

Start up Artha by pressing ALT-F2 and typing “Artha”, then press enter.  A box will open.  Click the X in the upper right corner to store it away.  Do NOT click the big RED x unless you want to complete shut Artha off making it unavailable until you start it again.

Now…. start up Bluegriffon and get some text entered with which to work.  When you want to look up a word and using the thesaurus, highlight the word that you want to look up.  Then press CTRL-ALT-W to pop up Artha.

Artha should be displaying you word along with the definition and synonyms.

Pick out a synonym and double click on it.  It should then show, highlighted in the Query Slot of Artha.  Use CTRL-C to copy it, the put Artha away using the X.  Back in Bluegriffon, paste the new word into your text in place of the the original word using CTRL-V.

Piece of Cake.

This is Artha










Plan B

If you do not want to install and use Artha, you can set your usual web browser to and use the thesaurus that is available there online.  Keep a tab open to this URL and minimise the browser.  When you want to look up a work, pop up the browser and if necessary click on the tab.










Identify Your Browser

After installing BG, one of the first things you need to do is to identify your browser so that when you try to preview the page that you are working on, you can see it in your favorite internet browser.

Using BG, open an HTLM file, or simple type some stuff in the editor to start a new webpage.  Click on the preview button that is located in the upper right section of the window.

Click preview button

Click preview button

If a browser opens and you get a preview of your page, then fine, you don’t need to do proceed.

If you get a dialog box asking you to link to an application, then you need to identify your internet browser to the program.

Application Link Dialog

Application Link Dialog




If you get this dialog, click on Choose.

A file browsing dialog will open in a new window where you can then navigate to your “firefox” program.  To get there, click on “file system” in the left panel, then in the right panel, click on USR, then BIN, then scroll down until you get to “firefox.”  Select it and click on Close and then OK.

If you don’t prefer “firefox” then select the name of your favorite browser instead.

Navigate to \root\usr\bin\firefox

Navigate to \root\usr\bin\firefox

How to install Bluegriffon web editor

Go to and download the current version

Make sure that the file lands in your Downloads folder….look to see

Now click on Konsole to open a terminal box.


cd ~/Downloads
tar -xjf bluegriffon-1.7.Ubuntu13.04-i686.tar.bz2

In the above line, make sure that the file name is exactly the same as what you downloaded.  You will probably have to make some minor changes due to version changes.

This will created a subfolder under downloads.

Using Dolphin, navigate to this folder and double click the file “bluegriffon.”  The program should start.

It is probably not a good idea to leave the program folder in this location.  Exit from the program.  Using Dolphin, highlight the folder and select edit, then cut.  Paste the folder into your home directory.

Now you can make a link to the Bluegriffon program by dragging and dropping the Bluegriffon program onto your desktop.  In the future, you can just click on the link  to start the program.