How to Check for Broken Links in Dreamweaver - dummies

How to Check for Broken Links in Dreamweaver

By Janine Warner

It can be very frustrating to complete a site in Dreamweaver, only to discover that your links go nowhere. You may simply have a broken link. To check a site for broken links, follow these steps:

  1. In the drop-down list at the top of the Files panel, select the site you want to work on.

    If you already have the site open in Dreamweaver, you can skip this step.

    You must have the entire site on your hard drive and you must have completed the site setup process for Link Checker to work properly.

  2. Choose Site→Check Links Sitewide.

    The Link Checker tab opens in the Results panel at the bottom of the page, just under the Property inspector. The tab displays a list of internal and external links. The tab also lists any pages, images, or other items not linked from any other page and identifies them as unused files.

    Large unused files, such as images and videos, can waste space on your server, so this list is handy if you want to clean up old files you no longer use on your site.

    Remember, just because you delete a file from your hard drive doesn’t mean the file is deleted from the server where you host your website. Make sure you remove files from both the Remote Site window in the Files panel as well as the Local Site panel.