Dreamweaver CS5.5: 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 include basic functions like saving and quitting files, and controlling an open Dreamweaver document:
New. Opens the New Document window, which lets you create a new, blank Dreamweaver document using any of several types of web document, from basic HTML pages to dynamic pages like ASP or PHP files. If you create Dreamweaver page templates, they show up here, too.
Open. Opens the standard Open File dialog box so you can navigate to and open an existing Dreamweaver document. You can set the Show pop-up menu to display only specific types of documents—only HTML pages or style sheets, for example.
Browse in Bridge. Bridge is Adobe’s own file manager. It’s like Windows Explorer or the Mac’s Finder function. Bridge lets you browse, find, and open documents. But since Dreamweaver sports the very useful Files panel (The Files Panel), you already have a way to manage your site files. In addition, Bridge is part of Adobe’s graphics heritage, so it works best with image files—in other words, Photoshop and Illustrator files, not Dreamweaver documents.
Open Recent. Displays a submenu that lists the 10 ...