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Setting General Preferences

Dreamweaver allows you to set general preferences to customize the way you work in the program. You can specify what you want to display or open when you launch Dreamweaver and how you want to edit content. Some of the preferences allow you to show or hide the Welcome Screen, allow multiple consecutive spaces when editing, use CSS or HTML tags when formatting, specify to the number of history steps (undo levels), and select a spelling dictionary.

Set General Preferences

  1. Click the Dreamweaver (Mac) or Edit (Win) menu, and then click Preferences.
  2. Click the General category.
  3. Select from the following options:
    • Open Documents In Tabs (Mac). Select to open all documents in a single window with tabs.
    • Show Welcome Screen. Select to show welcome screen (Default on).
    • Reopen Documents On Startup. Select to open any documents that were opened the last time you closed Dreamweaver (Default off).
    • Warn When Open Read-Only Files. Select to get an alert when you open a locked file (Default on).
    • Update Links When Moving Files. Specify the action you want: Prompt (Default), Never, Always.
    • Show Dialog When Inserting Objects. Select to prompt you when inserting objects using the Insert bar or Insert menu.
    • Enable Double-Byte Inline Input. Select to enter double-byte text, such as Japanese characters (Default on).
    • Switch To Plain Paragraph After Heading. Select to press Enter (Win) or Return (Mac) after a heading paragraph to switch to a plain paragraph in Design view (Default on).
    • Allow Multiple Consecutive Spaces. Select to allow typing two or more spaces in Design view to create nonbreaking spaces that appear as multiple spaces in a browser (Default off).
    • Use <strong> And <em> In Place Of <b> And <i>. Select to apply <strong> instead of <b> and <em> instead of <i> (Default on).
    • Use CSS Instead Of HTML Tags. Select to use CSS when you use the Properties panel’s Style option, except for bold and italic (HTML) (Default on).
    • Warn When Placing Editable Regions Within <p> Or <h1><h6> Tags. Select to display a warning when you save a template when true (Default on).
    • Centering. Select the option you want when you click the Align Center button in the Properties panel (Default <div>).
    • Maximum Number Of History Steps. Specify the number of steps the History panel keeps.
    • Spelling Dictionary. Click to select a dictionary language. The dialect is in parenthesis.
  4. Click OK.
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