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Saving History steps as commands


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Saving History steps as commands

So in the previous movie, I introduced you to the History panel, and how you can use the slider here to undo your steps. And how to select your steps and replay them on certain elements, or even how to copy selected steps, and paste them over certain elements. And this is useful if you want to apply the same sorts of actions on the same page. But you might find yourself doing the same sort of actions, or formatting on multiple pages, or even on multiple sites. And there's a really cool feature on the History panel that allows you to save history steps as a command.
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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
10h 22m Beginner Apr 16, 2007

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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

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Saving History steps as commands

So in the previous movie, I introduced you to the History panel, and how you can use the slider here to undo your steps. And how to select your steps and replay them on certain elements, or even how to copy selected steps, and paste them over certain elements. And this is useful if you want to apply the same sorts of actions on the same page. But you might find yourself doing the same sort of actions, or formatting on multiple pages, or even on multiple sites. And there's a really cool feature on the History panel that allows you to save history steps as a command.

And let me show you how this works. I'm going to drag my History slider back a bit, to just the point where we formatted the Name label. I'm going to Shift + click to select all three of those steps, where I changed the Bg Color, the Cell Type and set the Text Alignment. Down here in the History panel, notice we have a little disk icon, called "Save selected steps as a command." Clicking on that opens the Save As Command dialog box, and we can give this a name. And maybe I'll just call this "Format table label." When you name your commands, you want to be specific about what steps the command performs, because as you create more and more commands, you'll need to remember which command does what. So by using a descriptive name, you'll be able to remember what steps the command performs. I'm going to click OK.

And now if we look up in the Commands menu, notice at the bottom here we have Format table label. How cool is that? Now all I need to do is just click in one of these cells. Select the entire cell and choose that command. Just like so. And you can see, it just applied those steps right here in the History panel. So, it's a really quick thing to do. Just come in here, select the cell and choose Format table label again. And so on, and so on.

You can even select multiple cells here. There it is. Each step of the way, the History panel is applying each one of these commands. Bear in mind that any Command that you create is going to be available for any website you're working on, not just the page you're working on, not just the site you're working on, but from now on, any site that you work on, you'll be able to fit this exact format to any cell that you select. As your Command List starts to grow, you might want to come into the Edit Command List area, and this is where you'll find all of the commands you've ever created. And you can choose to delete some on the ones you don't need to clear up the list. Now again, you can't save every single step that you make as a command, but as you find yourself doing repetitive tasks over and over again in {italic}Dreamweaver, {plain}take a peek in the History panel.

As long as the step doesn't have a little x next to it, it'll mean that you're able to save that particular step as a command. I'm going to close that. Now if you're wondering where the preferences are that determine how many history steps are kept in here, if you go to {italic}Dreamweaver > {plain}Preferences, or if you're on Windows, go to Edit > Preferences, and if you go to the General category, towards the bottom here you'll see Maximum number of history steps. By default, it's set to 50, but if you have a lot of RAM, you can increase that number a bit if you want, maybe to 100, 120, or so. But, remember the more history steps you remember, the more sluggish {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} might start to run, depending on how much RAM you have. So if you see {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}is starting to sort of choke, come in here and either clear out the history steps completely, or just come in here and reduce the maximum number of history steps.

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