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Arranging panels

From: Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training

Video: Arranging panels

Dreamweaver features a wide array of panels for setting properties and performing tasks. Keeping track of and organizing these panels would be an exhaustive task if Dreamweaver's interface wasn't so well thought out. In this movie, we will take a closer look at managing and taking care of these palettes. So one of the easiest ways to change our palettes location and/or appearances is to simply use the preset workspaces. I can go up to the Application toolbar, to the workspace switcher and switch back and forth between workspaces. So if I don't like the Designer view for example, I can go to the Classic view and I get a very different arrangements of panels. Let me switch back to the Designer view real quick here. So that's one way to sort of hop back and forth between panel sets and different appearances within panels.

Arranging panels

Dreamweaver features a wide array of panels for setting properties and performing tasks. Keeping track of and organizing these panels would be an exhaustive task if Dreamweaver's interface wasn't so well thought out. In this movie, we will take a closer look at managing and taking care of these palettes. So one of the easiest ways to change our palettes location and/or appearances is to simply use the preset workspaces. I can go up to the Application toolbar, to the workspace switcher and switch back and forth between workspaces. So if I don't like the Designer view for example, I can go to the Classic view and I get a very different arrangements of panels. Let me switch back to the Designer view real quick here. So that's one way to sort of hop back and forth between panel sets and different appearances within panels.

There are others things that we can do in panels that we can access that aren't part of some of these default workspaces. So if you need to access a panel that's not opened by default, you can go right up to the menu, go to Window and just find the panel you're looking for. Any currently open panel has a checkmark beside it, so it's really easy to find one that's not opened and go and open it up. You'll notice that this time, I selected the Tag Inspector and a new panel didn't really open up, it was just a part of a group, it wasn't active but it's still part of a group. So when I have multiple panel groups like we have here in the middle, simply Clicking on the tag for that particular panel, will focus on that panel and allow us to access that panel's content which is awesome.

Even though these panels are originally arranged within sort of this panel doc that we have over here on the right- hand side, they don't have to be. Notice with the Insert panel here for example, I could undock this by grabbing the tab and dragging it and releasing it and it floats out and undocks as a floating panel. So you can do that as much as you want. As a matter of fact, you could totally customize these, you can grab another panel, float it and you can even combine them together. So I can create new groupings out of existing panels. So you're really free to place these anywhere that you want and if I place this back into the grouping there, where it was previously, you'll notice that it's located now all the way over to right, instead of being the first one in the group, you can change that too.

I can grab this, slight it back over into the position I needed and it's right there on the left-hand side which is where I would normally find this. You can dock panels in other locations as well. I'm going to take the Insert panel, for example, I can move it up to the top and dock it horizontally, I could undock it again and I could even dock it over here on the left-hand side which would create two separate docks. So if you have a big enough monitor, you can even go ahead and have a panel dock on the right and a panel dock on the left which is pretty interesting. Let me go ahead and undock that.

If you do a lot of playing around like this, your interface can get really cluttered. So anytime that you want to reset one of your interfaces, all you have to do is get right back up to your workspace switcher, choose Reset and it will reload it right back where it was before. So all my panels are now right back in the position that they were before. Let's talk about working with these panel sets on smaller monitors. Right now these panels are taking up a lot of screen real estate and this can sort of make it hard to work on larger sites. So I can come over to my panel groupings and I have got a little icon right up here at the top of the dock and when I Click that, I can collapse these panels down to icons.

Now the first set of icons that you see also has the label of the panel. So simply Clicking that icon will activate that panel and now I can use it and do what I need to do and Clicking the icon again will collapse it back down to the icon. However, I can grab the divider between these and to further save a little bit of screen real estate, I can move the divider to the right and class it down to where these are simply icons. Once again, hovering over them will give me the name of the panel and Clicking on it will activate the panel just as it did before. Whenever I need these panels back out and expanded, I simply Click the icon up top, this expands the panel out again and I'm back to where I started.

If you're really looking for a fast way to hide all the panels and get everything out of the way, so you can simply work on your site, F4 is the function key you want to remember. If I Click F4, notice that all of my panels go away. They are not really gone, if you notice at the bottom, in the right side of the interface, there is sort of a little grey bar over there. If I hover over that bar, my panels come right back, I can access them, do whatever I want to do and then when I move my mouse away, they collapse again. So that's a very quick and easy way to sort of hide everything, only accessing these panels when you need to. F4 is a toggle, so hitting that key again brings the panels right back again.

What I hope this illustrates is how customizable Dreamweaver's interface really is. You can modify it to see your own personal workflow and as we will see, use workspaces to save these custom layouts to make switching between interface layouts quick and easy.

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Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 14m 50s
    1. Basic site structure
      2m 16s
    2. What is an index page?
      1m 34s
    3. Current web design practices
      2m 21s
    4. What is XHTML?
      3m 9s
    5. What is Javascript?
      1m 38s
    6. What is CSS?
      1m 51s
    7. File naming conventions
      2m 1s
  3. 24m 0s
    1. The Welcome screen
      3m 33s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 7s
    3. The Application toolbar
      2m 34s
    4. The Document toolbar
      3m 0s
    5. Arranging panels
      4m 43s
    6. Managing workspaces
      4m 14s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      3m 49s
  4. 18m 27s
    1. Defining a new site
      4m 12s
    2. Managing sites
      3m 59s
    3. Managing files and folders
      6m 3s
    4. Setting a default browser
      4m 13s
  5. 15m 14s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 51s
    2. DOCTYPE declarations
      4m 44s
    3. New document preferences
      2m 37s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 2s
  6. 20m 14s
    1. XHTML structure
      2m 27s
    2. Structuring content
      4m 11s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 22s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      4m 11s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 3s
  7. 52m 5s
    1. Understanding style sheets
      1m 59s
    2. Anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 32s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      3m 56s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      6m 36s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      4m 51s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      4m 52s
    7. Understanding Element Selectors
      6m 4s
    8. Understanding Class Selectors
      5m 39s
    9. Understanding ID Selectors
      5m 35s
    10. Understanding Descendent Selectors
      5m 30s
    11. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 31s
  8. 1h 0m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      4m 33s
    2. Declaring font families
      6m 3s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      3m 57s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      6m 13s
    5. Controlling line height
      5m 26s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      6m 45s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      6m 1s
    8. Aligning text
      5m 25s
    9. Transforming text
      4m 27s
    10. Using the cascade to control styling
      11m 56s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 1s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      8m 30s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      3m 44s
    4. Placing images on the page
      7m 45s
    5. Modifying image properties
      8m 6s
    6. Customizing images through CSS
      6m 4s
    7. Photoshop integration
      5m 16s
    8. Setting external image editing preferences
      2m 7s
    9. Modifying Smart Objects
      4m 9s
    10. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      5m 45s
    11. Using background graphics
      5m 42s
  10. 31m 3s
    1. Link basics
      3m 10s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      1m 25s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      4m 55s
    4. Absolute links
      4m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      4m 26s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 49s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 16s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      4m 54s
  11. 39m 17s
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 19s
    2. Structuring with DIV tags
      8m 48s
    3. The Box Model
      5m 9s
    4. Understanding floats
      4m 42s
    5. Clearing and containing floats
      4m 47s
    6. Using relative positioning
      3m 7s
    7. Using absolute positioning
      5m 42s
    8. Using fixed postioning
      4m 43s
  12. 51m 26s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      4m 45s
    2. Importing tabular data
      4m 44s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      7m 39s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      2m 56s
    5. Basic table styling
      6m 36s
    6. Styling table headers
      5m 13s
    7. Styling column groups
      6m 30s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      4m 24s
    9. Adding user interactivity to tables
      5m 12s
    10. Styling table captions
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 3m
    1. How forms work
      3m 5s
    2. Reviewing form design
      2m 51s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      4m 50s
    4. Setting form properties
      3m 46s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      3m 7s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 7s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      4m 35s
    8. Inserting radio button groups
      4m 34s
    9. Inserting checkboxes
      3m 15s
    10. Inserting text areas
      3m 37s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 31s
    12. Styling form elements
      6m 57s
    13. Adding form interactivity
      4m 19s
    14. Using Spry validation widgets
      10m 26s
  14. 35m 51s
    1. Planning for templates
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a new template
      3m 51s
    3. Creating editable attributes
      4m 55s
    4. Creating new pages from a template
      4m 57s
    5. Applying templates to existing pages
      3m 18s
    6. Working with nested templates
      5m 47s
    7. Working with repeating regions
      5m 42s
    8. Modifying templates
      3m 21s
  15. 35m 32s
    1. Behaviors overview
      2m 43s
    2. Getting more behaviors
      4m 44s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 6s
    4. Hiding and showing elements
      6m 7s
    5. Spry overview
      3m 3s
    6. Using Spry widgets
      5m 19s
    7. Adding Spry widgets
      3m 12s
    8. Using Live View and Related Files
      3m 18s
  16. 22m 1s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      4m 18s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      3m 19s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 55s
    5. Adding Flash video
      3m 30s
  17. 22m 57s
    1. Using the History palette
      3m 45s
    2. Saving history steps with commands
      2m 59s
    3. Creating library items
      4m 55s
    4. Updating library items
      5m 2s
    5. Using Find and Replace
      6m 16s
  18. 23m 50s
    1. The Code toolbar
      4m 35s
    2. Setting code preferences
      4m 24s
    3. Using code hints
      6m 1s
    4. Adding comments
      5m 8s
    5. Finding syntax errors
      3m 42s
  19. 20m 31s
    1. Running sitewide reports
      4m 9s
    2. Checking for broken links
      3m 10s
    3. Validating markup
      1m 52s
    4. Checking for browser compatibility
      3m 14s
    5. Entering remote information
      2m 6s
    6. Synchronizing sites
      3m 26s
    7. Updating and publishing files
      2m 34s
  20. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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