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Set Up a Basic Web Page in Dreamweaver MX 2004

Chapter Description

Never built a Web page before? No problem. Author J. Tarin Towers walks you through creating a simple Web page in Dreamweaver MX 2004 that uses tables, links, images, and text. She also shows you how to adjust properties of a page, including the title and page background, as well as how to select and use colors in Dreamweaver.

Getting a Head Start

If you're new to Web design, or if you've laid out pages using other tools or are in a hurry, you may want to start with a page that's not entirely blank. By starting with some basic layouts, you can get a head start on learning Dreamweaver's features or, if you're fresh out of layout ideas, glean some inspiration.

You can start with built-in pages from the Start page or from the New Document dialog box.

To select a page design from the Start page

  1. Under the Create from Samples list, click on Page Designs ( Figure 3.11 ). The New Document dialog box will appear, displaying a list of sample layouts.

    Figure 3.11 Click a Page Designs category under Create From Samples on the Start page. From there, you'll go to the New Document dialog box.

  2. Skip to Step 3, below.

To select a page design using the File menu

  1. From the menu bar, select File > New. The New Document dialog box will appear.
  2. In the Category list, select Page Designs. A list of page layouts will appear ( Figure 3.12 ).

    Figure 3.12 Click on Page Designs or another category in the Category list to view your options.

  3. Click on the name of the design to display an abbreviated preview of the page ( Figure 3.13 ).

    Figure 3.13 When you select the name of a page design, a small preview will appear to the right.

  4. If you see a design that you want to use, click Create. A page with image placeholders and dummy text will appear in a new, unsaved Document window ( Figure 3.14 ).

    Figure 3.14 Your page will appear in a new, blank Document window—make any changes you want, play around, create a solid page design from start to finish—whatever you like—but don't forget to save your page.

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