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Custom Welcome Screen

That super-handy screen that you see when Dreamweaver starts (unless you’ve disabled it) can be even more useful. In the main program configuration, look for welcome.dwt inside Dreamweaver MX 2004\Configuration\Content\Welcome\. There is a copy of this file in your user’s configuration, too, but customizing it won’t do you any good. This is the one instance that I know of where you must make changes to the main configuration on a multi-user operating system. Consider the file in your user’s configuration a backup if you happen to make a mistake while changing the one in the main configuration. You can change welcome.dwt all you like, but I suggest you look at Code view when doing so to be sure you don’t break any of the functionality for things such as the Most Recent Files list. You’ll also find two CSS files in the same location as welcome.dwt. If you’re a Windows user, stylesWin.css is the file you can modify. Macintosh users can make changes to stylesMac.css.

Even though it has the .dwt file extension and uses Dreamweaver template syntax, it doesn’t control any HTML files in the configuration at the time you save the file. On startup, the welcome.dwt file is used to produce welcome.htm found in your user’s configuration. You may want to look at welcome.htm for examples of how to link to specific files on your computer if that is part of your customization needs.


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