Chapter 3

Setting Your Preferences

In This Chapter

  • Dreamweaver made to order
  • Customizing Dynamic HTML specs
  • Extending preferences outside Dreamweaver
  • Specifying your code formatting

Everyone works differently. Whether you need to conform to a corporate style sheet handed down from the powers that be or you think, “It just looks better that way,” Dreamweaver offers you the flexibility to shape your web page tools and your code output. This chapter describes the options available in Dreamweaver’s Preferences and then details how you can instruct Dreamweaver to format source code your way.

Customizing Your Environment

The vast majority of Dreamweaver’s settings are controlled through the Preferences dialog box. You can open Preferences by choosing Edit Preferences (Dreamweaver Preferences) or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+U (Command+U). Within Preferences, you find 19 different subjects listed on the left side of the screen. As you switch from one category to another by selecting a name from the Category list, the options available for that category appear in the main area of the dialog box. Most changes to Preferences take effect immediately after you close the window by clicking OK. This chapter covers all the options available in each category; the categories are grouped by function rather than by order of appearance in the Category list.

General preferences

Dreamweaver’s General preferences, shown in Figure 3-1, cover the program’s appearance, user operation, and ...

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