Chapter 23. Customizing Dreamweaver

Whether you’re a hard-core HTML jockey who prefers to be knee-deep in Code view or a visually oriented, drag-and-drop type who never strays from Design view, Dreamweaver lets you work the way you want.

By now you’re probably using the Favorites tab on the Insert panel to store your most frequently used objects, as discussed in The Files Panel. But don’t stop there. Dreamweaver lets you add, customize, and share keyboard shortcuts, too, giving you a simple way to tailor the program to your needs. And if that’s not a big enough efficiency boost, you can add features that even Adobe’s engineers never imagined, from productivity add-ons like CSS Menu systems (Getting a CSS Menu System from Adobe Add-Ons) to advanced server behaviors that help power complete e-commerce sites. Dreamweaver lets amateur and professional programmers alike write new features using HTML, JavaScript, and XML (Extensible Markup Language). You can explore hundreds of these extras, called add-ons, right from within Dreamweaver. And best of all, you can try many of them for free.

Keyboard Shortcuts

As you work in Dreamweaver, you’ll use the same keyboard shortcuts and travel to the same palettes and menus time and again. Perhaps you have a lot of HTML5 videos on your site, and you constantly use keyboard shortcuts to insert them. You may find that, after the thousandth time, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+V (Shift-Option-⌘-V) hurts your pinkie and uses too many keys to be truly efficient. On the ...

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