Unit 1.  Dreamweaver 8 Basics


Starting and closing Dreamweaver 8

Let's see the two basic ways to start Dreamweaver 8.


From the Start button normally located in the bottom left corner of the screen. Place the cursor on the Start button and click, the start menu will open, select All Programs and then another list will appear with the programs that are installed in your computer, look for Macromedia, then select Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, and the program will be opened.

From the Dreamweaver 8 shortcut on the desktop .

Now start Dreamweaver 8 to explore everything what we have explained. When performing the exercises you can also arrange the program the way we explain you here.

To close Dreamweaver 8, you can use anyone of the following actions:

 

Click on the close button .  

Press the combination of keys ALT+F4.

Click on the File menu and then select the Exit option.

If ther is a modified document and it has not been saved before closing Dreamweaver, a confirmation will be requested in order to save or not each one of the modified files.

Opening and saving documents

 

In order to open a document, you can use any one of the following actions:

Click on the open button of the standard toolbar.

Press the combination of Ctrl+O keys.

Click on the File menu and select the Open option.

Double-click on the file in the Files Panel.

 

In order to open a new document, you can use anyone of the following actions:

Click on the new button of the standard toolbar.

Press the combination of keys Ctrl+N.

Click on the File menu and select New...

 

After this a new window will appear, where you will have to choose its Category (usually Basic Page, HTML).

In order to save a document, you can use anyone of the following actions:.

Click on the save button of the standard toolbar.

Press the combination of keys Ctrl+S.

Click on the File menu and select Save.

Dreamweaver includes the possibility to save multiple documents, without having to do it one by one. In order to save all you can follow anyone of the following actions:

Click on the save all button of the standard toolbar.

Click on the File menu and select Save All.

When we have several open documents it's easy to forget all the modifications done in each one of them. You must take care when using the Save all option, since sometimes it's possible not to wish to keep the changes in all modified documents. For that reason it is advisable that at least you don't use this option in the beginning, until you have become more experienced in handling the program.

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