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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.

Opening Files

Once you have created HTML files that you want to update, you can open them with Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver won't change code you created using other software, but it may alert you of errors such as redundant or unclosed tags (see Chapter 4).

When you open a file in Dreamweaver, it will appear in its own Document window.

To open a file

  1. From the Document window menu bar, select File > Open. The Open dialog box will appear ( Figures 3.15 and 3.16 ).
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    Figure 3.15 Use the Open dialog box to select a file on your computer to open in the Document window. By default, the Open dialog box first displays the last folder that you opened within the current local site.

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    Figure 3.16 The Open dialog box looks a little different on the Mac, but it works the same way.

  2. Browse through the files and folders on your computer, and select a file you want to open.

    By default, the Open File dialog box lists files categorized as All Documents—not only .htm and .html, but .xml, .asp, .css, and so on.

    You may narrow your selection. If the file extension is not .htm or .html (for instance, you're opening a .cgi or .asp file), you may select a specific file type from the Files of Type list box. (On the Mac, select the file type, or All Documents from the Show drop-down menu. See Figure 3.16.)

  3. Click Open. The file will appear in a new Document window.
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