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Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Managing Library Items

Once a Library item has been successfully created, these directions explain how to insert, delete, and edit the item.

return to topInserting a Library Item

Once a Library item has been created, it can be inserted on to a web page.

  1. If the Assets panel is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Assets
    OR
    Press [F11]
    OR
    From the Files pane, select the Assets tab

  2. On the Assets toolbar, click LIBRARYLibrary button

  3. Position the insertion point where the Library item is to appear

  4. From the list of Library items, select the item that is to be used

  5. At the bottom of the Assets pane, click INSERTInsert button
    The Library item now appears where the insertion point was placed.
    NOTE: You can also drag a Library item from the Library item list to the web page.

return to topEditing a Library Item

When editing a Library item, the item will appear in a separate editing window. After editing is complete, you have the option of updating all the documents that use that item, or you may update them later.

Editing a Library Item: Assets Panel Option

  1. If the Assets panel is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Assets
    OR
    Press [F11]
    OR
    From the Files pane, select the Assets tab

  2. On the Assets toolbar click LIBRARYLibrary button

  3. From Library item list, right click the item you wish to edit » select Edit
    OR
    From the Library item list, select the item you with to edit and click EDITEdit button
    The item will open in a new window.

  4. Select what you want to change
    The appropriate Properties pane appears.

  5. Make any necessary changes to the item

  6. When you are finished editing the item, press [Ctrl] + [S]
    The changes are saved.

Editing a Library Item: From the Current Web Page

  1. From the current web page, select the item
    The Library Properties pane appears.
    Properties pane

  2. In the Library Properties pane, click OPEN
    The item opens on a new page.

  3. Make any necessary changes to the item

  4. When you are finished editing the item, press [Ctrl] + [S]
    The Update Library Items dialog box appears.
    Update library items dialog box

  5. To update the documents on the local site that use the item, click UPDATE
    To wait to update the document, click DON'T UPDATE
    NOTE: If you choose not to update, documents can later be updated from the Modify menu by selecting Library » Update Current Page or Update Pages...

return to top Detaching an Item from the Library

Detaching an item from the Library allows you to break the link between the item on the page and the Library.

  1. From the current web page, select the item
    The Library Properties pane appears.
    Properties Pane showing Library item buttons

  2. In the Properties pane, click DETACH FROM ORIGINAL
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  3. Click OK

return to topCopying a Library Item to Another Site

  1. If the Assets panel is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Assets
    OR
    Press [F11]
    OR
    From the Files pane, select the Assets tab

  2. On the Assets toolbar, click LIBRARYLibrary button

  3. From the Library item list, right click the item you want to copy to another site » select Copy to Site » the desired site
    The Library item is now in both sites.

return to topDeleting an Item from the Library

Removing an item from the Library is a two-step process. First, delete the item from your Library item list; then, if the item is to remain on the web page and editable, the item must be detached. If the item is not detached, Dreamweaver will not permit the item to be modified later.

  1. If the Assets pane is not displayed, from the Window menu, select Assets
    OR
    Press [F11]
    OR
    From the Files pane, select the Assets tab

  2. On the Assets toolbar, click LIBRARYLibrary button

  3. From the Library item list, select the item to be deleted

  4. Click DELETEDelete button
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  5. Click YES
    The item is removed.

  6. If you are still using this item content on a web page, detach the item from the library
    HINT: If the item is not detached, Dreamweaver will not permit the item to be modified later.

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