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Dreamweaver Preferences

It is essential that all users follow the below instructions so that the code created by Dreamweaver is correct, but also to ensure maximum ease of editing and functionality.

NOTE: If these preferences are being set for a new copy of Dreamweaver, please ensure that a copy is made of any license and activation codes and keep these in a safe place as they will be needed if Dreamweaver needs to be reinstalled on the computer.

Getting Started

editTo edit Dreamweaver preferences, select Edit from the toolbar and then Preferences from the dropdown menu.

The preferences are grouped into categories. To edit the preferences for a particular category, click on the category in the left hand box in the preferences window and the related preferences will then be displayed and you can change them.

Many of the Dreamweaver preferences can be left at their default settings. Therefore the list below details only those categories and preferences that we recommend are changed from the defaults.

General

Show start page Untick
Use <strong> and <em> in place of <b> and <i> Tick
Spelling dictionary English (United Kingdom)

General Preferences

Code Format

Indent Tick, with 1 Tab
Line break type LF (Unix)

Code formatting preferences

Code Rewriting

Fix invalidly nested and unclosed tags Untick
Remove extra closing tags Untick
Encode <, >, &, and " in attribute values using & Tick
Encode special characters in URLs using % Select

Rewriting preferences

File Types / Editors

Only users who need to edit generated A-Z lists or wish to open up images when checking out in Photoshop need to apply one or both of the following settings.

  • A-Z List Settings
    Extensions Add the following line to the list by clicking the + sign:
    .nav .navinc
    Editors Click the + to browse to associate the above extensions with:

    C:/Program Files / Windows NT / Accessories / wordpad.exe

    File Types/Editors preferences

  • Open in Photoshop Settings
    Extensions Add the following line to the list by clicking the + sign:
    .gif .jpg .jpeg .png
    Editors Click the + to browse to associate the above extensions with:

    C:/Program Files / Adobe / Adobe Photoshop CS6 / Photoshop.exe

    Or if you're on a 64bit machine:

    C:/Program Files / Adobe / Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit) / Photoshop.exe

    Mac OS X Location

    Hard Drive / Applications / Adobe Photoshop CS6 / Photoshop.app

    File Types/Editors preferences

Invisible Elements

All preferences Ticked

Invisible elements preferences

New Document

Default document HTML
Default extension

.html

  • Macromedia MX 2004 User Info

    In MX 2004, this preference is not set by edit preferences but by editing the file MMDocumentTypes.xml This file is generally found in C:/ Program Files / Macromedia MX 2004 / Configuration / DocumentTypes / MMDocumentTypes.xml.

    Open this file, either in Dreamweaver or in a text editing application such as wordpad.exe. Scroll to the third line of code and change the winfileextension field to have html as the first item in the list and htm as the second, i.e. winfileextension=“html,htm,…”

    to convert the default type to .html rather than .htm

Default Document Type (DTD) HTML 4.01 Transitional
Default encoding Unicode (UTF-8)

New Document preferences

Site

Always show Remote Files
On the Right
Prompt on get/check out Tick**
Prompt on put/check in

Tick**

** These options need to be ticked initially but will appear as unticked once the preference is correctly set. See dependent files settings below for more details.

Site preferences

Setting the Dependent Files Prompt Preferences

NOTE: this preference is not set when editing preferences, but when accessing files on one of your remote sites.

Once the other preferences have all been set through edit preferences, you can then proceed to setting up your Dreamweaver sites. The settings for the following two preferences cannot be set until you are connecting to your remote site in Dreamweaver.

When checking out a file in Dreamweaver you may get the following message, depending on the method you are using to check-out:

check out preferences

Click Don't show me this message again and click No.

Similarly, when checking in a file, the message shown below may be displayed:

check in preferences

Click Don't show me this message again and click No.

All the required preferences are now set.

 

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