How to Move and Rename Files and Folders in Dreamweaver

By Janine Warner

Dreamweaver makes it wonderfully simple to manage the files and folders on your website. To move or rename files and folders in one of your websites, follow these easy steps:

  1. Open the site you want to work on (if it’s not already open in Dreamweaver) by selecting the site name from the drop-down list at the top of the Files panel.

    When you select a site by clicking the site name, the folders and files in that site appear in the Files panel.

  2. Click the plus sign (Windows) or the small arrow (Mac) to open the local site folder or any subfolder to display the files within the folder.

    Click the minus sign to close a folder or subfolder.

  3. To move a file or folder:

    1. In the Files panel, select the file or folder you want to move.

    2. Drag the selected file, group of files, or folder onto a folder.

      Dreamweaver automatically moves the files into the folder and changes all the related links. The Files panel works much like the Explorer window on a PC or Finder on a Mac, except Dreamweaver tracks and fixes links when you move files through the Files panel.

      If you move or rename files or folders in Finder or Explorer instead of in the Files panel, you will break any links set to or from those files and any image references within them.

      When you move a linked file into a new folder in Dreamweaver, the Update Files dialog box appears, listing any linked pages that need to be updated.


    3. To adjust the links so they don’t break, choose Update.

      If you choose Don’t Update, any links to or from that file are left unchanged. Of course, you can always move the file back to its original location to restore the links.

  4. To rename a file or folder:

    1. In the Files panel, select the file or folder you want to rename.

    2. Click twice on any filename or folder name.

      Much like Finder or Explorer on your computer, you need to click twice with a slight pause between clicks to select the name (instead of double-clicking, which opens the file).

    3. Choose Update to adjust the links.