How to view module positions in Joomla 1.7
Go to Administrator > Extensions > Template Manager
In Template Manager, go to Options in the right hand side top of the screen.
Then in the Template Manager Options change the Preview Module Positions to Enabled, save and close.
Now you can view the module positions in the front end of the website by simply writing “?tp=1” to your index.php page.Example : if your domain name where the joomla 1.7 is installed is http://www.infyways.com, the you need to write http://www.infyways.com/index.php?tp=1 to view the module positions.