Dreamweaver includes a Files panel that helps you manage and transfer files to and from a remote server. When you transfer files between local and remote sites, parallel file and folder structures between the sites are maintained. When transferring files between sites, Dreamweaver creates corresponding folders if they do not yet exist in a site. You can also synchronize the files between your local and remote sites; Dreamweaver copies files in both directions as necessary and removes unwanted files when appropriate.
About managing files and folders
Using the Files panel
The Files panel enables you to view files and folders, whether they are associated with a Dreamweaver site or not, and perform standard file maintenance operations, such as opening and moving files.
In previous versions of Dreamweaver the Files panel was called the Site panel.
You can move the Files panel as necessary and set preferences for the panel.
Use this panel to perform the following tasks:
Access sites, a server, and local drives
View files and folders
Manage files and folders in the Files panel
For Dreamweaver sites, use the following options to display or transfer files:
A. Site pop-up menu B. Connect/Disconnect C. Refresh D. View site FTP log E. Site files view F. Testing server G. Repository view H. Get File(s) I. Put File(s) J. Check Out File(s) K. Check In File(s) L. Synchronize M. Expand/Collapse
The Site Files view, Testing Server view, and Synchronize buttons appear only in the expanded Files panel.
The Site pop‑up menu
Lets you select a Dreamweaver site and display that site’s files. You can also use the Site menu to access all the files on your local disk, much like Windows Explorer(Windows) or the Finder (Macintosh).
(FTP, RDS, and WebDAV protocol) Connects to or disconnects from the remote site. By default, Dreamweaver disconnects from the remote site if it has been idle for more than 30 minutes (FTP only). To change the time limit, select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Dreamweaver > Preferences (Macintosh), then select Site from the category list on the left.
Refreshes the local and remote directory lists. Use this button to manually refresh the directory lists if you deselected either Refresh Local File List Automatically or Refresh Remote File List Automatically in the Site Definition dialog box.
Site Files view
Displays the file structure of the remote and local sites in the panes of the Files panel. (A preference setting determines which site appears in the left pane and which appears in the right pane.) Site Files view is the default view for the Files panel.
Copies the selected files from the remote site to your local site (overwriting the existing local copy of the file, if any). If Enable File Check In And Check Out is enabled, the local copies are read-only; the files remain available on the remote site for other team members to check out. If Enable File Check In and Check Out is disabled, the file copies will have both read and write privileges.
The files Dreamweaver copies are the files you select in the active pane of the Files panel. If the Remote pane is active, the selected remote or testing server files are copied to the local site; if the Local pane is active, Dreamweaver copies the remote or testing server version of the selected local files to the local site.
The files Dreamweaver copies are the files you select in the active pane of the Files panel. If the Local pane is active, the selected local files are copied to the remote site or testing server; if the Remote pane is active, Dreamweaver copies the local versions of the selected remote server files to the remote site.
If you are putting a file that doesn’t already exist on the remote site, and Enable File Check In and Out is enabled, the file is added to the remote site as “checked out.” Click the Check In Files button if you want to add a file without the checked out status.
Check Out File(s)
Transfers a copy of the file from the remote server to your local site (overwriting the existing local copy of the file, if any) and marks the file as checked out on the server. This option is not available if Enable File Check In and Check Out in the Site Definitions dialog box is disabled for the current site.
Check In File(s)
Transfers a copy of the local file to the remote server and makes the file available for editing by others. The local file becomes read-only. This option is not available if the Enable File Check In and Check Out option in the Site Definitions dialog box is disabled for the current site.
View files and folders
You can view files and folders in the Files panel, whether they are associated with a Dreamweaver site or not. When you view sites, files, or folders in the Files panel, you can change the size of the viewing area, and, for Dreamweaver sites, you can expand or collapse the Files panel.
For Dreamweaver sites, you can also customize the Files panel by changing the view—either your local or remote site—that appears by default in the collapsed panel. Or, you can switch the content views in the expanded Files panel using the Always Show option.
Use Live Search to locate files based on filename or text present in files. The site selected in the Files panel is used for search. If there is no site selected in the panel, the search option does not appear. For more information, see Search files based on filenames or content.
If you click the Expand/Collapse button to expand the panel while it is docked, the panel maximizes so that you cannot work in the Document window. To return to the Document window, click the Expand/Collapse button again to collapse the panel. If you click the Expand/Collapse button to expand the panel while it is not docked, you can still work in the Document window. Before you can dock the panel again, you must first collapse it.
In the collapsed Files panel (Window > Files), select Local View, Remote View, Testing Server, or Repository View from the Site View pop‑up menu.
Local View appears in the Site View menu by default.
- In the expanded Files panel (Window > Files), click the Site Files button (for the remote site), the Testing Server button, or the Repository Files button.
Before you can view a remote site, testing server or repository, you must set up a remote site, testing server, or SVN repository.
Work with files in the Files panel
You can open or rename files; add, move, or delete files; or refresh the Files panel after you make changes.
For Dreamweaver sites, you can also determine which files (on either the local or remote site) have been updated since the last time they were transferred.
Right-click (Windows) or Control‑click (Macintosh) any file or folder, then select Refresh.
(Dreamweaver sites only) Click the Refresh button in the Files panel toolbar (this option refreshes both panes).
Dreamweaver refreshes the Files panel when you make changes in another application, then return to Dreamweaver.
Find files in your Dreamweaver site
Dreamweaver makes it easy to find selected, open, checked out, or recently modified files in your site. You can also find files that are newer in your local or remote site.
If the open file in the Document window is not part of the current site in the Files panel, Dreamweaver attempts to determine which of your Dreamweaver sites the file belongs to; if the current file belongs to only one local site, Dreamweaver opens that site in the Files panel, then highlights the file.
This option assumes you defined a Testing Server in the Site Definition dialog box (XREF). If you have not defined a Testing Server and entered a URL prefix for that server, or if you are running the report for more than one site, this option is not available.
Identify and delete unused files
Access sites, a server, and local drives
You can access, modify, and save files and folders in your Dreamweaver sites, as well as files and folders that are not part of a Dreamweaver site. In addition to Dreamweaver sites, you can access a server, a local drive, or your desktop.
Before you can access a remote server, you must set up Dreamweaver to work with that server.
The best way to manage your files is to create a Dreamweaver site.
Open files in Dreamweaver or another application
When you drag a file from one Dreamweaver site to another or to a folder that is not part of a Dreamweaver site, Dreamweavercopies the file to the location where you drop it. If you drag a file within the same Dreamweaver site, Dreamweavermoves the file to the location where you drop it. If you drag a file that is not part of a Dreamweaver site to a folder that is not part of a Dreamweaver site, Dreamweaver moves the file to the location where you drop it.
To move a file that Dreamweaver copies by default, hold down the Shift key (Windows) or the Command key (Macintosh) while you drag. To copy a file that Dreamweaver moves by default, hold the Control key (Windows) or the Option key (Macintosh) while you drag.
Customize the file and folder details displayed in the expanded Files panel
When you view a Dreamweaver site in the expanded Files panel, information about the files and folders is displayed in columns. For example, you can see the file type or the date a file was modified.
You can customize the columns by doing any of the following (some operations are only available for columns you add, not default columns):
Reorder or realign columns
Add new columns (for a maximum of 10 columns)
Hide columns (except the filename column)
Designate columns to be shared with all users connected to a site
Delete columns (custom columns only)
Rename columns (custom columns only)
Associate columns with a Design Note (custom columns only)