The Insert Panel in Adobe CS5 Dreamweaver - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Dreamweaver Insert panel provides you with tools to insert on your page some common Web page elements such as hyperlinks, e-mail links, tables, and images as well as more text formatting options and widgets that enhance your page. Choose Window→Insert to reveal the panel in the upper-right corner of your workspace.

The Insert panel is divided into eight categories that provide you with different elements to add to your page. You can switch between these categories by using the drop-down list at the top of the panel:

  • Common: Contains the most commonly used objects, such as images and tables.

  • Layout: Contains layout elements, such as tables and CSS elements like the DIV tag that help you create a Web page layout.

  • Forms: Contains the elements necessary to create a form in your Dreamweaver page.

  • Data: Contains elements related to dynamic content and some Spry data objects.

  • Spry: Contains Spry Framework objects, which are handy widgets used to enhance your Web pages with cool navigation bars, layout panels, and real-time data components.

  • InContext Editing: Creates editable regions for the Adobe InContext editing service, which allows content contributors to update web site content remotely without the need to edit or disturb the original web site files.

  • Text: Provides you with text formatting tags.

  • Favorites: Allows you to group and organize the Insert panel buttons you use the most within one common location.

To bring up the Customize Favorite Objects dialog box, simply right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) within the Insert panel and choose Customize Favorites from the contextual menu. Click an object in the Available Objects list and then click the double arrow to add the object to your Favorites category.

Customizing the Favorites category in the Insert panel.
Customizing the Favorites category in the Insert panel.