Dreamweaver Tutorial: The Dreamweaver Workspace

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This Dreamweaver tutorial will provide an overview of the Dreamweaver workspace.

The Dreamweaver workspace features a number of windows, panels, and inspectors. Learning what each does will help you become provicient with the Dreamweaver Program. The first time you start Dreamweaver, a dialog box asks you to select a workspace layout using either the Designer or the Coder layout.

Dreamweaver Interface

You build your web pages by inserting and arranging Web page elements including text and graphics in the Document window. The other windows, toolbars, and panels, help you to format and stylize the Web page elements.

Standard Toolbar - The toolbar contains shortcuts to preview and display features, and a text field where you can specify the title of a page. It allows you to change between Code view, Design view, and Split view. You can also preview your Web page in various browsers, and change various view options.

Dreamweaver Standard Toolbar

Menu Bar - Menus contain the commands for using Dreamweaver. Many of the menu commands are duplicated in other locations within the windows, panels, and inspectors in Dreamweaver. Like many applications, the menu bar provides acess to program commands such as file saving adn closing.

Dreamweaver Menu

Insert Bar - The Insert Bar is where you will insert most of the content and objects such as text and images on your web page. There are several different Insert Bars that you can select depending on teh type of element you want to place on your web page.

Dreamweaver Insert Bar

Properties Inspector also called the Tag Inspector- The Property Inspector is used to display and edit attributes or properties of any element that is selected in the Document Window. Click the Property Inspector's Hide button to hide the panel temporarily.

Dreamweaver Properties Inspector

Panels and Panel Groups - Panels are windows that provide access to the Design, Code, Application, Tag, Files, Layers, and History panels. Panels can be grouped together to form Panel Groups, and they can be easily hidden, expanded, or moved.

Dreamweaver Panels

Document Window- The Document Window is the main workspace where you insert and arrage the elements on your web page. Most of your work inserting text and images on yoru web page is done in the Document Window.

Dreamweaver Document Window

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