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Assign URLs to the buttons

Next you'll assign a unique URL, or link, to each button instance. A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the address or location of a page on the web. You can easily assign URLs to buttons using the Property inspector.

1 Select the button instance labeled HOME.
2 Enter index.cfm in the Link text box of the Property inspector.

When clicked in a web browser, the Home button will jump to a page called index.cfm.
3 Select the News button instance and enter your favorite URL in the Link text box of the Property inspector.

For the purposes of this tutorial, any working URL will do. If you were creating a real website, you would enter the URL that you wanted the News button to jump to.
Be sure to enter the URL of an actual website so that you can test your button links later.
4 Assign a working URL to each of the remaining button instances.
5 Select File > Preview in Browser > Preview in [your preferred browser]. To test button links, you must preview the document in a browser.
Note: If your browser is not listed, you must first select a browser by selecting File > Preview in Browser > Set Primary Browser.
When the document opens in your browser, test the buttons you created. Except for the Home button, which links to a file that hasn't been posted to a server yet (index.cfm), each button should jump to the link you specified in Fireworks MX.
Next you'll optimize and export your completed nav bar in Wildlife Project 11: Building a Fireworks MX navigation bar (Part 2).

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