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Chapter 19. Customizing Dreamweaver

Chapter 19. Customizing Dreamweaver

For all practical purposes, the entire Dreamweaver interface—that is, the back-end of the program itself—is written in JavaScript, HTML, and XML. That means you can customize the interface using a simple text editor.

If you know JavaScript, you can create your own dialog boxes, properties inspectors, panels, menu commands, and so on. Unfortunately, that's beyond the scope of this book, but I'll point you toward some resources if you want to learn more.

Some Dreamweaver customization is simple and easy, however. You can add objects to the Objects panel and the Insert menu (Figure 19.1). You can edit Dreamweaver's menus and keyboard shortcuts (Figure 19.2). And you can edit the appearance of many of Dreamweaver's dialog boxes (Figure 19.3).

Figure 19.1. You can create a custom category in the Objects panel for storing custom objects.

Figure 19.2. I added a custom menu (called Favourites) to the Document window that includes all my most-used commands.

Figure 19.3. I changed the appearance of the Insert Table dialog box.

You can also create custom objects— little widgets that let you insert chunks of code, with or without a dialog box. A line break, a comment, and a table are all objects, and you can add all sorts of HTML entities that you use over and over. You can also move, modify, or delete existing objects, and you can create your own panels in the Objects panel.

You can create custom menus, rename, move, or delete menu items, and change keyboard shortcuts by editing a single XML file. Working with existing XML isn't difficult if you're used to working with HTML, and most of it involves simple cutting and pasting.

And finally, you can edit many of the dialog boxes that Dreamweaver uses to insert and modify objects.

Other Customization Features

Other customizable features of Dreamweaver are discussed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Stacking panels

  • Chapter 2: Customizing the Site window

  • Chapter 3:Using the grid, using the rulers, setting page properties, and using the color dialog boxes

  • Chapter 4: Setting HTML formatting preferences

  • Chapter 18: Using custom templates and library items, and adding to the Commands menu using the History panel

  • The Web site for this book: Customizing the Launcher, customizing the Document window

Many other chapters discuss modifying various preferences in Dreamweaver.



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