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The Menu Bar

The last development-related component to be covered is arguably the most obvious, the menu bar. Although Dreamweaver offers an assortment of panels, bars, and inspectors, the menu bar always remains consistent and never needs to be hidden or made to be visible. Just about every feature we've covered thus far (with few exceptions) can be inserted, modified, or referenced through the menu bar. A generic list of menu items is listed here, complete with highlights:

  • File: Contains common file-based operations such as New, Open, Close, Save, and Revert. Highlights include the ability to preview your page in the browser, check your page against a validator or target browser, and maintain design notes.

  • Edit: Allows you to perform common editing tasks such as undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, and select all. Highlights include the ability to set user preferences.

  • View: Anything associated with Document window viewing preferences can be found here, including visual aids, rulers, grid, Code/Split/Design views, and head content.

  • Insert: Anything that can be inserted into your document can be found in this menu.

  • Modify: After you've inserted objects, you'll want to be able to manipulate them somehow. Although most properties can be changed using panels or the Properties Inspector, the Modify menu is a much more thorough list of modifiable properties.

  • Text: Manipulate text objects using this menu. Highlights include the ability to check your spelling.

  • Commands: Commands are similar to plug-ins or macros analogously speaking. They are prebuilt components that execute or insert content in the Document window.

  • Site: After you've defined a site, all site-related options can be found in this menu. Highlights include the ability to scan your site for broken links.

  • Window: All panels can be opened from the Window menu. Highlights include the ability to hide all panels or to cascade and tile open Document window instances.

  • Help: Access the Dreamweaver or ColdFusion help windows from this menu. Highlights include access to the built-in tutorials, forums, and support center.


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