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Using Find and Replace

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Video: Using Find and Replace

Probably one of the most powerful, but most unsung features, in terms of automation in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} is the Find and Replace feature. With it, you can perform what would normally be very time-intensive tasks in an incredibly short amount of time. The Find and Replace feature in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} is similar to the Find and Replace feature you'll find in other programs like Microsoft {italic}Word. {plain}But in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} it's geared specifically towards web development, which means you can search not only the content of the page, but you can actually search the source code, or XHTML of a page. So in this movie, we'll take a look at how Find and Replace works in {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}I'm going to find the file aboutus.html, and open that up. And we have a couple of basic mistakes in here that wouldn't be found by a spellchecker, but looking through this site, I notice that the word "Teacloud," which is the name of our company, is actually spelled incorrectly here.

Using Find and Replace

Probably one of the most powerful, but most unsung features, in terms of automation in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} is the Find and Replace feature. With it, you can perform what would normally be very time-intensive tasks in an incredibly short amount of time. The Find and Replace feature in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} is similar to the Find and Replace feature you'll find in other programs like Microsoft {italic}Word. {plain}But in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} it's geared specifically towards web development, which means you can search not only the content of the page, but you can actually search the source code, or XHTML of a page. So in this movie, we'll take a look at how Find and Replace works in {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}I'm going to find the file aboutus.html, and open that up. And we have a couple of basic mistakes in here that wouldn't be found by a spellchecker, but looking through this site, I notice that the word "Teacloud," which is the name of our company, is actually spelled incorrectly here.

It should actually be all one word and it should be capitalized. Also up here in the page Title, we see the same mistake. It should be all one word, and it should be capitalized. Now you could open each page in your site, and make the corrections manually, but that would be a very inefficient way to work. This site does have fewer than 10 pages with the wrong company name, but what if you had a page that had a similar problem with hundreds of pages? You definitely wouldn't want to sit there and fix this on every single page by hand, unless of course you were being paid hourly and making a very large hourly salary. So, with this "tea cloud" text selected in here, I'm going to choose Edit > Find and Replace. That opens up the Find and Replace dialog box, and notice it automatically fills out "tea cloud" spelled incorrectly in the Find field. Now we can choose to find this incorrect text in the Current Document, just in our Selected Text, which wouldn't make sense here because we have the actual phrase itself selected. Any Open Documents, a specific Folder, Selected Files in a Site, meaning if I had other files selected in here, or I can choose to search the Entire Current Local Site. Because I want to make sure that Teacloud is spelled correctly throughout my site, I'm going to choose Entire Current Local Site.

I'm also going to keep Text selected in the Search area here. We can choose Source Code, Text (Advanced) and Specific Tag. But for right now, I'm going to choose just plain Text. This is going to ensure that {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}only searches the text on each page, and not through the Source Code. Now in the Replace field, I want to tell {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}what to replace every instance of this incorrect phrase with. And is this case, it's going to be Teacloud capitalized, all one word. Now we have a couple of other options here, like Match Case, Ignore whitespace and Use regular expression. And if you come in over here and click the Help button, you'll get tons of information on exactly what those options are. So, you can see here that "Match Case Limits the search to text that exactly matches the case of the text you want to find." So, for instance, it would find "brown derby," all lower case, but it wouldn't find "The Brown Derby." Ignore Whitespace Treats all whitespace as a single space for the purposes of matching. So if it has extra space, it would ignore that.

And we have Match Whole Word, which limits the search to the text that matches one or more complete words. And you can read more about all the different options in here. But for now, I'm just doing a basic search. I just want to turn tea cloud, spelled incorrectly, into this Teacloud. So I'm going to click Replace All, meaning find all instances and replace all of those instances with this text. Now {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} is going to warn me here that it's searching even unopened documents, and if these documents aren't open, I won't be able to undo any changes it makes.

Am I sure I want to replace all matches? I'm going to say Yes because there should be no version of Teacloud that's lower case and is two separate words. And there it is. You can see, it lists from "A" all the results here, which pages it found those instances on and changed them. Clicking on any one of these, opens up the page and it highlights the instance of where it changed the incorrect spelling of Teacloud. So you can see here, Teacloud Teas is highlighted there. Double click aboutus and you can see it actually changed on the original page here.

But the problem that I still have is that it didn't change teacloud up here in the page Title. That's because I told it to only search through the text, and it doesn't consider the title the content of the page. The title itself is actually in the Code. So I can see here, here's the title tag and that's where the title is contained and in this case, spelled incorrectly. So let's fix that. Let's go back and choose Edit > Find and Replace again, and because I have that text highlighted, it automatically filled that out for me. So, let's delete that, again.

I just want the incorrect spelling of Teacloud. And I want to replace it with the correct spelling, and this time I'm going to tell it to search the Source Code for my entire current local site, again. I'll click Replace All, and again I get that warning. I'll just say Yes. And you can see, Teacloud is changed here. It should have updated here as well, which it did. It just hasn't refreshed yet. Let's click the Refresh button. So you can see right here on kettlesandteapots, it has changed. And, basically on every page Teacloud has now been fixed to be the proper spelling, and all one word. So, just remember Find and Replace the next time you have to search throughout your entire site to change somebody's name that you might have misspelled, or any other text that might appear on all of your pages that you need to quickly change.

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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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