Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual is quite complete; in its pages, you'll find descriptions of every major Dreamweaver function (and most minor ones). In the interests of completeness, however, here's a quick reference to every command in every menu—and the answer to the occasional "What does that mean?" mystery.
The commands in the File menu control the open Dreamweaver document as a whole. They also include basic file functions like saving and quitting:
New. Opens the New Document window, which lets you select a new, blank document of many different types, from basic HTML pages to dynamic pages like ASP or PHP. This window also lets you access templates you've created for your site.
Open. Opens the standard Open File dialog box so you can choose an existing Dreamweaver document to open. You can set the Show pop-up menu to show only specific types of documents—only HTML or style sheets, for example. The Preview button displays a thumbnail image of the document, if one's available.
Open Recent. Displays a submenu that lists the 10 most recently opened documents. Selecting a document from the list opens it. The last option in this menu, "Reopen Documents on Startup," is kind of cool. If you quit Dreamweaver when any documents are still open (and this option is checked), those documents will automatically reopen the next time you start up Dreamweaver.
Open in Frame. Opens an existing HTML page within one frame of a frameset. To make ...