How to Set Preferences in Dreamweaver CS6 - dummies

By David Karlins, Doug Sahlin

When you’re working with Dreamweaver CS6 to build websites, use the settings in the Dreamweaver Preferences dialog box. Most of these settings are intuitive enough that you can figure them out.


Having said that, if you’re using Dreamweaver as your primary web design tool, take a little time upfront to peruse the options here for customizing your Dreamweaver installation. The Preferences dialog box is available by choosing Edit→Preferences (Windows) or Dreamweaver→Preferences (Mac).

This dialog box has many settings that you can adjust; the best way to become familiar is to explore them.

The General category is where you can turn the Welcome Screen on and off. You also see options to adjust settings for how Dreamweaver handles spell checking and updating links. This is also the place that gives you the option of setting Dreamweaver to warn you when you’re opening read-only files (files that are locked and can’t be edited, just viewed).

Other categories in the Preferences dialog box enable you to customize how you handle accessibility features (on the Accessibility tab), what colors are used when displaying code (on the Code Coloring tab), and how your code is formatted (on the Code Format tab).

If you plan on doing much hand-coding in Dreamweaver’s Code view, you should check out the options in the Code Hints category. Here you can manage how Dreamweaver displays hints when you begin typing tags.

Among the options are when to display a hint (you have choices as to what typed characters prompt a code hint) and what time delay Dreamweaver will apply before displaying a hint. Or, you can turn off code hinting here.

But with code hinting enabled, Dreamweaver attempts to finish tags while you type them to remind you of proper syntax or parameters available for that tag. Also, this feature shows a list of styles available if you have CSS set up for the page. And, of course, if Dreamweaver’s code hinting creates code you didn’t intend, you can always use the Delete key on your keyboard to undo that code.