Creating Applets Using NetBeans

Hello again. I'm teaching myself Java, and I'm using the NetBeans IDE. I'm using "Teach Yourself Programming with Java in 24 Hours" and I'm currently working on learning how to make applets. However when I use the IDE and try to run the applet, I get an "Applet not started" error. I narrowed down the issue to the fact that when the code compiles it places the .class file in a separate folder. How do I get the IDE to look in that folder for the class file? I've tried using the online help to fix this but it's not been helpful. Any suggestions? Dre