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Chapter 34. Customizing Dreamweaver > Automating Tasks with Custom Commands

Automating Tasks with Custom Commands

If you’re one of those ultra-efficient workers who likes saving steps whenever possible, you’ve probably already used macros in other programs. Macros let you record all the steps involved in performing a certain task and save them to be played back later, usually triggered by a keyboard shortcut or menu command. In Dreamweaver, instead of macros you create and deploy custom commands. Custom commands include temporary recorded commands, permanent commands saved using the History panel, and more complex commands that must be programmed (written as scripts). The following sections look at the first two kinds of custom commands; the more complex scripted commands are discussed in Chapter 36, “Creating Extensions.”

Working with Recorded Commands (Temporary)

If you’ve ever performed the same tedious series of steps over and over during a work session, you’ll love recorded commands. A recorded command is a series of steps that you tell Dreamweaver to record, and then tell it to play back as many times as you need those steps performed.


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