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The Property Inspector

Next on our tour of the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} interface, we have the Properties Inspector. That's the panel that you see down here. In my opinion this is probably the most important panel to have open at all times when you're designing you're pages in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} The Properties Inspector is a contextual panel, meaning that's contents are going to change depending on what element you have selected on your web page. For example, because I'm looking at a blank page right now with this cursor flashing right here, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} assumes that I'm going to work with text. Therefore, the Properties Inspector is displaying text properties like Format, Font, Style, Size, bold, italics, and so on. But, if I come up here to my Insert bar, under the Common tab and insert a table, now I'm seeing table properties in the Properties Inspector. We have rows and columns, cell-padding, cell-spacing, border and so on. Now, don't worry if this doesn't mean anything to you right now. We'll be looking at creating tables later. For now I just want to get across that the Properties Inspector changes based on what you have selected on your page. I'm just going to delete that table out of there. And again, the Properties Inspector is definitely a panel that you want to keep open because, unlike the Insert bar, where you can find a lot of the same items under the Insert menu, most property settings that appear in the Properties Inspector don't appear anywhere else in {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} If the Properties Inspector is closed you won't be able to make necessary changes to whatever element you have selected. You also want to make sure that the Properties Inspector is expanded the whole way by clicking this triangle down here. Notice that there's a collapsed view. But, you want to keep that open all the time, or else you'll miss certain properties settings. So, unless you're really hurting for screen real estate, definitely just keep the Properties Inspector expanded all the time. Like other panels, the Properties Inspector can be opened and closed from the Window menu. In case you do accidentally close it you can just come back up to the Window menu, choose Properties, or Ctrl + F3 on Windows, and bring the Properties Inspector back.

The Property Inspector
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The Property Inspector provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

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Web
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Dreamweaver
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