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Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Previewing Pages in a Browser

To see how your web page will appear in a browser, you can preview your work in Internet Explorer or a different web browser.

return to topPreview in Browser Options

When previewing your web page in a browser, you have the choice of which browser to use. With Dreamweaver, you do not have to save a file before previewing it in a browser; however, a prompt will appear asking you to do so. It is suggested that a web page be saved before viewing it in a browser.

  1. To preview your page, from the File menu, select Preview in Browser » browser name 
    OR
    To preview your page using the primary browser, press [F12]
    To preview your page using a secondary browser, press [Ctrl]+[F12]
    OR
    On the Document toolbar, click PREVIEW/DEBUG IN BROWSERPreview/Debug in Browser button» browser name
    NOTE: If you do not see the desired browser listed, refer to Adding a Browser to the Preview in Browser List to add a browser.

  2. If you have not saved your file, a Save changes dialog box appears: click YES

return to topAdding a Browser to the Preview in Browser List

Previewing in multiple browsers may help reveal formatting problems unique to different browsers. 

  1. From the File menu, select Preview in Browser » Edit Browser List...
    The Preferences dialog box appears.

  2. Under Category, select Preview in Browser
    The list of current browsers is shown.
    Preview in Browser dialog box

  3. To add a browser, click ADDAdd Browser button
    The Add Browser dialog box appears.
    Add Browser dialog box

  4. In the Name text box, type the appropriate name for the browser

  5. To locate the browser, click BROWSE...
    The Select Browser dialog box appears.

  6. Find and select your browser
    HINT: Most programs are located on your C: drive in the Program Files folder. You want to locate the .EXE (executable) file for the program.

  7. Click OPEN

  8. In the Defaults section, select Primary browser or Secondary browser
    NOTES:
    A Primary browser is the browser used to display a web page when either it is selected from File » Preview in Browser » first option or [F12] is pressed.
    The Secondary browser is the browser used to display a web page when either it is selected from File » Preview in Browser » second option or [Ctrl] + [F12] is pressed.

  9. Click OK

  10. To prevent Dreamweaver from previewing your document using a temporary file, deselect Preview using temporary file
    NOTE: All changes on a web page must be saved manually with this option selected.

  11. Click OK

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