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The Welcome screen

From: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

Video: The Welcome screen

Before we get started building pages, we should take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface. Being comfortable with the interface and knowing where things are located will make it easier to concentrate on the concepts and workflows being presented, rather than trying to find a specific toolbar or icon. Now, first, I want to take a look at the Welcome Screen. When you open up Dreamweaver for the first time, the Welcome Screen is the first thing you see, showing up right in the middle of the screen, where you would normally see an open file. You can think of the Welcome Screen as Dreamweaver's homepage, as it gives you quick access to a lot of common tasks that you will be performing in Dreamweaver.

The Welcome screen

Before we get started building pages, we should take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface. Being comfortable with the interface and knowing where things are located will make it easier to concentrate on the concepts and workflows being presented, rather than trying to find a specific toolbar or icon. Now, first, I want to take a look at the Welcome Screen. When you open up Dreamweaver for the first time, the Welcome Screen is the first thing you see, showing up right in the middle of the screen, where you would normally see an open file. You can think of the Welcome Screen as Dreamweaver's homepage, as it gives you quick access to a lot of common tasks that you will be performing in Dreamweaver.

Now, opening a file will replace the Welcome Screen, but it will appear again as soon as there are no remaining open files. So as soon as you close all your files, it comes right back again. Let's take a closer look at the Welcome Screen and some of the things that we can do with it. As you just saw, one of the best things about the Welcome Screen is its ability to open up recent files. The first column, right here on the left-hand side, is Open a Recent Item. Any files that you have been working on will be listed here, and a single click is going to take you right to that file. Now, of course, the first time you open up Dreamweaver, that list is probably going to be empty.

But as you start working on a project, that list is going to fill up. It's going to give you quick access to the files in your current project. There is also a folder just underneath that called Open. If you really do need to browse to find a file, clicking that will allow you to browse to any place within your current site to open up a file. In the middle column, we have Create New. This gives us a list of all sorts of different pages: HTML, PHP pages - if you are building a dynamic Web site, XML, CSS, there is a ton of different file types here.

So if you click on that, it will create a brand new page using the default settings. Now, in a little while, we will go into Dreamweaver's Preferences, and we will show how to set those, but just know that when you click that, you are going to get the default settings for that particular type of file. Now, we also have very quick access to creating a new Dreamweaver Site. That's probably the first thing that you need to do whenever starting a new project in Dreamweaver. Again, in just a little bit, we will be talking about how to define sites in Dreamweaver as well. Now, just like opening a recent item, there is a folder down here called More. If you need more options when creating a new file type, you can simply click that.

That will give you the New Document dialog box, which has considerably more options than just your default settings. On the right-hand side, we see a column called Top Features. Now, notice that these are all videos. Clicking on one of these will take you out to Adobe TV, where you can watch a video on that new feature. They have highlighted some of the top new features in Dreamweaver CS5. So if you want to learn a little bit more about BrowserLab or CSS Enable, this is a nice way to do that. In the lower left-hand corner, we have a set of links that will take you to some online documentation, documentation about Getting Stated within Dreamweaver, highlighting some of the New Features, or Resources, if you need more detailed help information.

Just underneath that, there is a link to Dreamweaver Exchange. The Dreamweaver Exchange will allow you to download widgets and resources to make Dreamweaver a little bit more powerful and extend some of the functionality within the program. Now, if for some reason, you don't want to show the Welcome Screen, and I really can't think of why you wouldn't, but if you don't, there is a little check box right down here that says Don't show again. Now, if you click that - let me just say OK to the warning message that comes up from Dreamweaver - but if you click it, the next time you will launch Dreamweaver, you won't see the Welcome Screen. So what happens if somebody plays a prank on you, and you really use the Welcome Screen a lot? Well, it's easy to get it back.

If you go to your Preferences, and you can go to Edit > Preferences, or if you are on the Mac, you can go to Dreamweaver > Preferences. Just go to the General Category, and it's the very first setting, Show Welcome Screen. Just click that again, click OK, and the next time you will launch Dreamweaver, the Welcome Screen will come right back to where it was before. Now, I love how the Welcome Screen unobtrusively gives me access to recently opened files, allows me to create new files with a single click, and gives me a way to explore some of the new features found in CS5. Now, although some people tend to let the Welcome Screen sort of blend into the background, I think you will find that if you begin to use it regularly, it really speeds up the process of opening up current files, creating new ones, or a lot of the common tasks that you will be performing within Dreamweaver.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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