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How to Set a Browser to Preview Pages

Although the document window gives a reasonable interpretation of your finished pages, there is no substitute for checking how your pages will look in a real Web browser. In fact, you should open your pages in more than one browser to make sure that all your elements can be viewed in multiple browsers. Learning to recognize the differences in how browsers work is a vital part of designing any successful Web site.

Determine the Default Browser

vhen you installed Dreamweaver, the installation process identified your default browser; this browser appears in the Preview in Browser list by default. To see the current page in this browser, choose File, Preview in Browser and select the browser from the pop-out menu. The examples in this task show a page that already has some content so that there is something to display in the browser window.

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See the Page

If it isn't already open, the selected browser opens, and the current page is displayed.

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Set Another Browser

Assuming that you have at least one other browser installed on your computer, you can add it to the default Preview in Browser list. Choose File, Preview in Browser, Edit Browser List to open the Preferences dialog box.

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Complete the Information

Click the + button above the list of browsers to select a secondary browser. Type a name for this browser (for example, type Netscape 4.61) and click the Browse button to find the application file that relates to the browser you are trying to specify. In the Select Browser dialog box, navigate to the application file and click Open. Back in the Add Browser dialog box, click OK. The new browser now appears in the list in the Preferences dialog box.

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Remove a Browser from the List

Removing a browser from your list is simple. Repeat Step 3 to open the Preferences dialog box. Highlight the browser you want to delete and click the - button. The browser disappears from the list immediately, without any request for confirmation. (Note that the original application file still exists on your hard disk; it's just the name that's been deleted from this list.)

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Edit Browser Information

After you have added a browser to your Preferences list, you might want to change the name of it or change the path to where the application file is stored. Open the Preferences dialog box, select the browser whose information you want to edit, and click Edit. In the Edit Browser dialog box, change the information as required and click OK.

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How To Hints

Using AOL

Even though you can now use other browsers when you are logged on to AOL, it is still a good idea to see how your pages look in the AOL browser. You can check your files in the AOL browser even when you’re not connected to AOL or the Internet! Follow the information in Steps 2 and 3 to add a browser. Locate the AOL folder on your computer and select the WAOL application.

When you choose File, Preview in Browser, AOL, you will see the normal AOL signon screen. When this disappears, the AOL browser will open, and your pages will be displayed.

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