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Arranging panels

From: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

Video: Arranging panels

In any program as complex as Dreamweaver, one of the biggest challenges is keeping the workspace organized. There are multiple panels, views and panel groups to keep track of and access when needed. In this movie, we'll take a closer look at managing and arranging those panels so that you're taking control of the Dreamweaver workspace. So here I just have the index file open as the sample document, but really, our focus is on the panels in this particular movie. Now, one of the easiest ways to arrange panels is to use the preset workspaces.

Arranging panels

In any program as complex as Dreamweaver, one of the biggest challenges is keeping the workspace organized. There are multiple panels, views and panel groups to keep track of and access when needed. In this movie, we'll take a closer look at managing and arranging those panels so that you're taking control of the Dreamweaver workspace. So here I just have the index file open as the sample document, but really, our focus is on the panels in this particular movie. Now, one of the easiest ways to arrange panels is to use the preset workspaces.

If I go up to my Application toolbar, I can see that I have a full listing of default workspaces. So I can go to the Classic workspace. Notice that it rearranges a lot of my panels. I can go to the Designer one, which is the one we're just looking at, Coder one. There is even a workspace for Dual Screen setup if you want to move all of your panels to one monitor and have your file working on another. So that's a very quick and easy ways to arrange those panels, but how do they actually get them in those locations? Now, let's take a look at what we can do to modify and work with these different panels and panel groupings.

Now, one of the first things you'll want to point out is that you're free to dock and undock these panels as much as you want. You'll notice, for example, that here I have a panel called AP Elements. If I click on that tab, it's going to bring that tab to the forefront. So when you're working with these groups, simply clicking on the name of the panel activates that panel and hides all the other panels within that group. Well, you can create new groups or rearrange groups anywhere that you want. I can take this AP Elements panel, for example, and by clicking on this tab and holding the mouse down, I can drag it away from that group and even away from that panel dock, and float it as its own individual panel.

Now, when we open up Dreamweaver for the first time, we don't see all of the panels that are available to us. In fact, if you go up to the menu and go to Window, you're going to see a full listing of all the panels that Dreamweaver has to offer. The ones with the checkmarks beside them are the ones that are currently active. So if I chose the Tag Inspector, for example, notice that it opens up the Tag Inspector. Most panels do have a default location, so the Tag Inspector opened up right here beside the CSS Styles panel. Now there is nothing to prevent me from taking that and undocking that as well.

Now, if you have two panels, and you want to combine them within a group, again, you simply click the tab, move it over to that other panel, and you'll see a nice blue outline all the way around it. As soon as you let go of that, we now have a new panel grouping. Now, panel groupings can either be floating panel groups, like this one, or they can fit into this area right over here on the right-hand side, which is what we call a panel dock. The panel dock is a collection of different panels sort of all arranged in this vertical row. There are a very nice and efficient way of arranging your panels, and saving a good bit of screen real estate.

I'm going to go ahead and take this panel grouping. Notice that I'm clicking on the top sort of darker bar of this. I'm just going to move that over here into my panel dock. Notice that I can either add it to an existing set of panels - this is the blue outline that I get all the way around the CSS Styles panel - or if I just go up slightly more, notice that I get a blue insert line between those panels now. If I let go there, now our new group is right here in its own grouping, but still within that dock.

Now, your dock can get crowded pretty quickly, so one of the ways of sort of reducing the space that different panels are taking up within the dock, is to double-click their tab. Notice for the AP Elements panel, if I double-click this tab, it collapses it, and so I can sort of close all the panels that I'm not using to focus on a single panel. If I want a CSS Styles, for example, I can double-click to open that up. I can double-click the Files panel to close it, and now I'm just looking at my CSS Styles panel. So the panel dock is a really nice and efficient way of organizing all of the panels that you need to work with.

Having floating palettes, unfortunately, is not all that effective. Now, what happens if you do get it a little too crowded over here? Well, let's say we want to take out this whole AP Elements grouping. If you hold-down the Option key on the Mac, or the Alt key on the PC, when you click on one of the tabs, instead of taking out an individual panel, you take out the entire group. Well, as I mentioned before, having floating groups really isn't an effective way to tackle your workspace, because you end up with a lot of clutter. But if you've got too many panels in one dock, it's okay to go ahead and create an entirely new dock.

Notice that if I grab this group and drag it all the way over to the left edge of the screen, I get a nice little highlight over here, and when I release, I've created an entirely new panel dock on this side, which I could then populate with as many panels as I want. So you're free to create new docs in different locations, float panel groups all by themselves, or dock everything together in one big group. It's really up to you how you want to arrange these. Now, there's also other ways to save a little bit of screen real estate as well.

If you notice at the very top of this panel dock there are these two little dual arrows right there. That is collapsed icons. If I click on that, it's going to collapse all these panels down to a series of icons. The initial view has the icon and a label out beside it. This is a really handy way of learning what these different little icons mean, so that you know that this icon, for example, represents the CSS Styles panel. Now, accessing that panel is as simple as clicking on the icon. The panel floats out, we're able to interact with it, and we can simply click on the icon again to close the panel back.

If you want to save even more screen real estate, you can place your cursor between the Document window and the panel dock. You get this nice sort of dual arrow, which allows you to move that to the right and collapse that down to a single series of icons. This is an amazingly efficient way to save a lot of screen real estate, but still allow yourself quick and easy access to your panels. Now there is even a quicker way to hide that. I'm going to go ahead and expand these back out from icons, and I want to show you a way to quickly hide all of your panels that might be located within a dock.

If you click F4, all of your panels will suddenly collapse, and you won't even see icons, but you will notice on the right-hand side of the screen where our dock used to be, we do have a gray bar. If I hover over that gray bar, our panels come right back, allow me to access these panels and use them, and then when I mouse off of the panels, they go back to being in that collapsed gray bar state. Hitting F4 again will toggle the collapsed panels back again so they come back, and we can access them. Now, I know that's a lot to take in, but there's actually one more thing that I wanted to show you.

Some of your panels don't work well as vertical panels. Take the Insert panel, for example. I'm just going to go ahead and undock that and float it. The Insert panel allows us to access a lot of objects, such as our Common objects, Form objects, and even common text objects, like building text or adding an Emphasis tag. Now, you have to do a lot of scrolling when this panel is in its vertical state. It actually works a lot better as a horizontal panel. There is nothing wrong with that. And if we grab the Insert panel and drag it up, notice that we can create a horizontal dock, so all the panels can be docked horizontally.

And now the Insert panel becomes a tabbed panel that we can go through and see all of those icons at the same time, which is pretty cool. Now, if you experiment with this - and I encourage that, go ahead and play around with it, move your panels around, dock them, undock them, trust me. You can't break them, okay? You might close the panel and not mean to. You might have too many of them out there, but that's okay, because at the end of the day, you can go right back up to our workspace, which are right here. And you can grab that pulldown menu, and I can choose to reset whatever workspace I'm currently on.

As soon as I do that, it's going to take me back to the default panel layout for that set. So if you guys are experimenting a little bit, things get a little wild, don't worry about it. You can just go right back up there, reset it, and you're going to be in good shape. I hope that illustrates how flexible the Dreamweaver workspace is. Now, you might have said yourself, "Wow, that's a lot of work moving those "panels around. If I get it where I like it, I don't want to have to do that every single time I open up Dreamweaver," well, I'd agree with you, and that's where our workspaces come in. So what we're going to do in our next movie is show you guys how to use your newfound ability to move all these panels around to save your own custom workspaces, and we'll do that next.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye

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