Hyperlinks, or links, are the elements on a Web page that can be clicked on and that transfer a user to another Web page or file. In Dreamweaver, you can select a text or an image in your Web page to be a link. You then specify the destination address, which is the page or file that appears when someone click on the link.
The link can be to another Web page on your Web site, a Web page on a different Web site, or a file in another format that is not a Web page, such as a PDF document, an image, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, or multimedia file. The destination page or file can appear in the current browser window or in a new browser window.
Bad or broken links which lead nowhere are a common problem on web site. Dreamweaver keeps track of your links to prevent broken links to pages within your Web site. When you move files around or change the organization of your Web site, Dreamweaver will automatically update all of the links that changed as you reorganized your files. This is a great timesaving tool and resource that Dreamweaver provides.
For example, if you changed the name of a file on your Web site that 30 pages linked to, Dreamweaver will keep track of those links and change them on all 30 pages with one keystroke, instead of you having to manually change the link on every page. That saves a ton of time.
Click on your web page where you want to insert the link. From the Insert Menu, choose Insert Hyperlink.
You can also select the Insert Link button from the Insert Common Tool panel icons. This will also bring up the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
When the Insert Hyperlink dialog box appears, you can enter the text that you want to turn into a link by typing it in the Text field. In the Link field, you should type the name or path of the file you want to link to if it's on your Web site, or type the complete URL if the link is to a different Web site.
The Hyperlink dialog box filled in with the text that will become the link (Free PowerPoint Tutorials) and the link to the file in the Link field.
You can also choose to target the page that the link goes to. By default, the file opens in _self, which means that it will open in the same browser window your visitor is currently using to view your Web page. From the Target drop-down menu, you have several choices depending on how you want the link to work. To open the link destination file in a new browser window, select _blank from the Target drop-down menu. The other options in the Target drop-down menu are related to frames.
A word about Titles: Notice that one of the options in the Hyperlink dialog box is the Title field. You can set a title for the file to which you are linking. Browsers can use this title for various things. Internet Explorer uses the Title to display in a tool tip when the mouse pointer passes over the link. Some browsers also use the title when bookmarking the link.
You can use hyperlinks to link to more than just other Web pages on your site or to other Web sites. You can also specify other types of files, such as PDFs, image files, MS Word documents, or multimedia files, as the destination file for links. The browser attempts to open the file in the appropriate software application. If your visitor's computer has the appropriate software installed, it will try to launch the application and open the file. Otherwise the browser will ask the user if they want to try to open the file or save it to a location on their computer.
The Point to File feature is an alternate way to create a hyperlink to a page or file on your Web site. This feature forces you to select files that are located within your Root folder.
Select the text on your Web page that you want to turn into a link. With the text selected, click and hold the Point to File icon next to the Link field in the Property Inspector. When you click and hold the Point to File icon, the Link field turns to text, telling you to point to a file in your Files Panel to create a link.
Drag the Point to File icon onto the file you want to link to in the Files Panel and release the mouse. A line will follow your mouse to the file you are creating the link to. When you release the mouse, the name and path of the file you are linking to will appear in the Link field in the Property Inspector. The great thing about linking this way is that it eliminates any possibility of misspelling a file name or getting the link incorrect.
When you create the Link, Dreamweaver automatically creates the code behind the scenes to tell the browser what file to go to when the user click on the text link on your Web page. You can view the code that Dreamweaver created by selecting the Code or Split View buttons on the toolbar.
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