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Importing Word documents

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Video: Importing Word documents

In an effort to create efficient workflows, Adobe has integrated Dreamweaver with many other programs that you or your team members are likely to use. Most integration is understandably within Adobe's Creative Suite, but other programs like Word feature differing levels of integration as well. It's not often that I have to break bad news to Mac folks, but this is sadly one of those times. The integration between Word and Dreamweaver that I'm about to show you only works on the PC version of Dreamweaver. Still, the Mac folks should keep watching, no need to stop and go to the next movie, because there is one option in the following example that does work for you and it's something you might want to take advantage of later on.

Importing Word documents

In an effort to create efficient workflows, Adobe has integrated Dreamweaver with many other programs that you or your team members are likely to use. Most integration is understandably within Adobe's Creative Suite, but other programs like Word feature differing levels of integration as well. It's not often that I have to break bad news to Mac folks, but this is sadly one of those times. The integration between Word and Dreamweaver that I'm about to show you only works on the PC version of Dreamweaver. Still, the Mac folks should keep watching, no need to stop and go to the next movie, because there is one option in the following example that does work for you and it's something you might want to take advantage of later on.

So I have the programs.htm file open from the 04_02 directory, and once again, we are sort of presented with this blank space over here and remain content region. So I am going to click inside that and the first think I am going to show you is Menu option. So I can go right up to the Menu, go to File and when I choose Import you will notice that one of the options in Import is to import a Word document. So rather than copying and pasting, I can just import this. So if I go to File>Import Word Document, I can just browse out of the 04_02>_assets directory, find the program's Word Document and click Open.

As soon as I do that it just takes its content and drops it right into the area that I have selected. How cool is that? It's a very quick, it's very easy. Now one of the things that you are going to notice about this is it didn't prompt me in terms of how it wanted to process this copy and bring it in. It's basing its settings off of the preferences that I have set in the copy and paste preferences that we covered in the last movie. So if you're looking for a prompt, if you ever want to change that, you either need to change the preferences before you do the import, or you need to use the second method that I'm about to show you.

So if I undo this and I go over to my Files panel, you will notice again, here is the _assets directory, here is programs.doc. I can actually grab the programs.doc file and drag and drop it into the region that I want the text to appear in. As soon as I let go of the mouse, my preferences come up and now Dreamweaver is actually prompting me in saying, okay, well how do you want to inset this? You will notice it's the exact same preferences that you have within your Copy and Paste preferences except for one down here on the bottom. So I am going to make sure that it stays as Text with structure plus basic formatting and the Clean up Word paragraph spacing.

Now I am going to come back to this option in just a moment. So when I click OK, you will notice I get the exact same results, the text comes in and it's formatted exactly the way I want to format it based upon structure that it's grabbing from the Word Document and the styles that I have applied to my site. That last option, I want to talk to you about that for just a moment. What if you had a Word Document that you wanted to give the users of your site an option to download? So if I go to the next line here for example, and just create sort of an empty paragraph over there, well if go over to the Files panel and I grab the Word document and I drag it to that empty paragraph, I can choose this last option which is to Create a link.

Now for you guys that are on the Mac, this is the option that works for you. So although, it's not going to bring in the content as quickly and easily as it will for PC users, if you want to give people the option of clicking and downloading this file to their hard drive, you can use this option to Create a link. I will click OK and you can see there is a link to programs. It just uses the title of the document and it just creates a link to that. You can see _assets right here in the Properties Inspector, programs.doc. So if that's up live online, if somebody clicks on that, since the browser doesn't understand how to read a Word Document you are going to be prompted to download that, and of course you can change to the text over here.

You can say something like download the programs word doc. That would prompt people when they click that to download the document to the local hard drive. So there you go, that's it, it's quick and easy. What's easier than dragging and dropping right? Now I'm sorry to say this feature doesn't work on the Mac. I have been waiting for it for years, but unfortunately it still doesn't work. But do take note of the fact that if you want to link to an external Word file for users of your site to download, it as easy as dragging and dropping as well.

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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