Setting up your workspace

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Setting up your workspace

In this chapter we're going to take a tour of the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} {italic}CS3{plain} interface. But, before we get started I wanted to make sure that what you see in these movies is as close as possible to what you see in your own copy of {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} So, on my Mac I've opened up {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain} I'm going to come up here to the Window menu, go to the Workspace Layout command, and chose Default. This instantly rearranges my windows into the default layout that appears when you first open {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} So, even if you've opened {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} before and you've just been playing around with moving windows and panels all over the place, just select that default layout and everything will go back to the way it originally was. Now, on the Windows side of things the commands you can choose from are a little bit different. Here in the Windows version of {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} I again can come up to the Window menu, choose Workspace Layout, but instead of having that choice of Default, we have a choice of Code and Designer, among a few other things. So, in the Windows version of {italic}Dreamweaver {plain}you have to make a decision of whether you want your workspace set-up based on whether you're more of a designer or more of a coder.

If you chose designer, you're {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} workspace will be set up as an integrated workspace where all the document windows and panels are contained within one big window. So, this is the one big window right here. We'll just minimize that so you can see it. I can move that around. But, all the panels and document windows are all going to be in this main {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} window. Now, unless you plan on doing a lot of hand coding, I suggest you go with this arrangement because it makes working with multiple documents and panels much, much easier. This is also closest to the Default layout in the Mac version of Dreamweaver that you just saw, except that the Mac has all free-floating windows and panels that aren't contained within one big window.

So, if I switch back to the Mac for a second -- Here on the Mac side you can see these are all free-floating panel groups and I can drag them anywhere I want, instead of being in one big window. Let's pop back over to Windows. So, that's Window > Workspace > Designer. Now, If you chose Coders, your workspace will be set up with all the panel groups docked to the left side of the screen, and your documents will be opened up in Code View by default. So, if I create a new document instead of opening up Design View, it will open up with the behind the scenes codes so I can start or editing code right away. But, in the movies in these tutorials I'm going to be working almost entirely in the Designer or Default layout. So, I suggest you do the same. I'll be showing you, in just a few movies from now, how you can customize your workspace even after you've made this initial choice. But for now, make sure to set your workspace layout to either Default on the Mac, or Designer on Windows, if you want to be able to follow along with me in the upcoming movies.

Setting up your workspace
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Setting up your workspace provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

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