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The Welcome screen

From: Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

Video: The Welcome screen

Whenever you launch {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} {italic}CS3,{plain} after it goes through its brief opening routine, you see this screen here. This is known as the Welcome Screen, and its purpose it to give you quick access to a whole bunch of different options for tasks that you might want to jump into right away after launching the program. So let's see what we've got here. On the left-hand side we have a column that let's you open any documents that you were recently working with. So, any documents that I had open the last time I was working with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} would be listed here, and I can click on their names to quickly open them up. I also have the option of clicking this Open button down here to open any files not listed in this column. I could also just do the traditional thing of going to File > Open as well. Over here we have the Create New column, and here we have quick links for creating new pages, like regular HTML pages -- technically XHTML pages. Or, if you're working with Cold Fusion pages, PHP, ASP, and so on, you can click on any of these items to create that type of page. You can even create a new {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} site from right here. Creating a site is something we'll be talking about in depth in just a little while.

The Welcome screen

Whenever you launch {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} {italic}CS3,{plain} after it goes through its brief opening routine, you see this screen here. This is known as the Welcome Screen, and its purpose it to give you quick access to a whole bunch of different options for tasks that you might want to jump into right away after launching the program. So let's see what we've got here. On the left-hand side we have a column that let's you open any documents that you were recently working with. So, any documents that I had open the last time I was working with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} would be listed here, and I can click on their names to quickly open them up. I also have the option of clicking this Open button down here to open any files not listed in this column. I could also just do the traditional thing of going to File > Open as well. Over here we have the Create New column, and here we have quick links for creating new pages, like regular HTML pages -- technically XHTML pages. Or, if you're working with Cold Fusion pages, PHP, ASP, and so on, you can click on any of these items to create that type of page. You can even create a new {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} site from right here. Creating a site is something we'll be talking about in depth in just a little while.

And, if you don't see the type of page you want to create listed here, you can click the More to open the to open the New Document window and browse through a list of all the types of pages {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} can create. This, incidentally is the same New Document window you can bring up just by choosing File > New or hitting Command + N on the Mac, or Ctrl + N on the PC. And over on the far right we have the Create from Samples column, and there are some pretty cool things in here. In here you can create new pages based on a wide variety of temples and samples that Adobe included with {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} For example, you have an option here called Started Page (Theme), which gives you come examples of complete layouts in a variety of matching themes.

So you can see, for instance, we have Entertainment - Product page, Home Page, Catalog, and they all look similar to help you keep consistency within your site. Health & Nutrition looks a different way, but they all look similar. Lodging, Personal Training, Restaurant, and so on. All you have to do it click around, find one you like, and you can start building pages around one of more of these sample layouts. Of course, if you don't want that much design help, you can also just choose Starter Page (Basic) to select from some very basic layouts with no particular color schemes, and you can start building and customizing pages from here. So, if you're having trouble getting started on a new website, you can browse through these starter pages for some inspiration. There are some really good designs in here, and you can always customize them to suite your needs. I'm just going to Cancel out of there, go back to the Welcome Screen.

Back in the Welcome Screen we also have a link down here that will take you to the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange, if you have a live Internet connection of course. The {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange is a site hosted by Adobe where you can browse though and download all sorts of useful add-ons and extensions that have been designed specifically for {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} You'll find tons of useful actions and behaviors for very specific purposes that can really make your life easier when you're working in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} We'll be taking a closer look at the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} Exchange when we start working with behaviors. And finally, at the bottom of the Welcome Screen you can learn more about {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} by clicking on the Getting Started, New Features, and Resources links.

You'll be taken to Adobe's website where you can look through what they consider to be the most important features of the program. While you're there you can watch a few tutorials, but hey, that's why you're watching these movies, right? So, the Welcome Screen can be a pretty useful springboard, especially if you're just starting out with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} and web design. But, as you start getting more comfortable and get a better idea of how to work with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} on your own, you might not want to see the start page every time you open the program. If that's the case, just check the Don't Show Again box right here, and the Welcome Screen will no longer appear when you open {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} But, it also gives you this dialog box here saying "To turn the Welcome Screen on, choose Show Welcome Screen from the General category in the Preferences dialog.

So basically, if you've turned the Welcome Screen off, and now for some reason you want to start seeing it again, you miss it's comforting glow or something like that, you can go to {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} > Preferences. If you're on Windows you'd go to Edit > Preferences. Under the General Category just check Show Welcome Screen. Click on OK, and from that point on you'll always see the Welcome Screen again anytime you open up {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain}

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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

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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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