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Chapter 3. Basic Web Pages > Getting a Head Start

Getting a Head Start

If you're very new to page design, or if you've laid out pages using other kinds of environments, you may want to start with a page that's not entirely blank. You may want to get a head start on learning Dreamweaver's features by starting with some basic layouts. Or you may be fresh out of layout ideas and may glean some inspiration by starting with a basic page.

To start a page based on a built-in design:

1.
From the menu bar, select File > New. The New Document dialog box will appear.

2.
In the Category list, select Page Designs (Figure 3.7). A list of page layouts will appear (Figure 3.8).

Figure 3.7. Click on Page Designs in the Category list. Page Designs (Accessible) use page designs restricted to certain tags; see Appendix C on the Web site for this book.


Figure 3.8. When you select the name of a page design, a small preview will appear to the right.


3.
Click on the name of the design to display an abbreviated preview of the page.

4.
When you find something you want to check out, click Create. The page will appear, with image placeholders and dummy text, in a new, unsaved Document window (Figure 3.9).

Figure 3.9. Your page will appear in a new, blank Document window—make any changes you want, play around, make a solid page design, whatever you like—but don't forget to save your page.



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