Design view gives you an idea of how your page will look on the web but does not render pages exactly as browsers do. Live view presents a more accurate depiction, and lets you work in Code view so that you can see changes to the design. The Preview in Browser feature lets you see how your pages will look in specific browsers.
The user interface has been simplified in Dreamweaver CC and later. As a result, you may not find some of the options described in this article in Dreamweaver CC and later. For more information, see this article.
Previewing pages in Dreamweaver
Live view differs from the traditional Dreamweaver design view in that it provides a more realistic rendering of what your page will look like in a browser, which is also editable. Live view does not replace the Preview in Browser command, but rather provides another way of seeing what your page looks like “live” without having to leave the Dreamweaver workspace.
You can switch to Live view any time you are in Design view. Switching to Live view, however, is not related to switching between any of the other traditional views in Dreamweaver (Code/Split/Design). When you switch to Live view from Design view, you are simply toggling the Design view between editable and “live”.
While Design view remains frozen once you enter Live view, Code view remains editable, so you can change your code, and then refresh Live view to see your changes take effect. When you’re in Live view, you have the additional option of viewing live code. Live Code view is like Live view in that it displays a version of the code that the browser is executing in order to render the page. Like Live view, Live Code view is a non-editable view.
(Optional) Make your changes in Code view, in the CSS Styles panel, in an external CSS style sheet, or in another related file.
Even though you can’t edit in Live view, your options for making edits in other areas (for example, in the CSS Styles panel or in Code view) change as you click in Live view.
You can work with related files (such as CSS style sheets) while keeping Live view in focus by opening the related file from the Related Files toolbar at the top of the document.
The code displayed in Live Code view is similar to what you would see if you viewed the page source from a browser. While such page sources are static, providing you with only the source of the page from the browser, Live Code view is dynamic, and updates as you interact with the page in Live view.
To change Live Code preferences, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Dreamweaver > Preferences (Macintosh OS), and select the Code Coloring category.
Disables plug-ins and re-renders the page as it would look if a browser did not have plug-ins enabled.
Edit the Live View Page in a New Tab
Lets you open new tabs for site documents you browse to using the Browser Navigation toolbar or the Follow Link(s) feature. You must browse to the document first, then select Edit the Live View Page in a New Tab to create a new tab for it.
Makes the next link you click in Live View active. Alternatively you can Control-click a link in Live view to make it active.
Follow Links Continuously
Makes links in Live View continuously active until you disable them again, or close the page.
Automatically Sync Remote Files
Automatically syncs the local and remote file when you click the Refresh icon in the Browser Navigation toolbar. Dreamweaver puts your file to the server before refreshing so that both files are in sync.
Use Testing Server for Document Source
Used mainly by dynamic pages (such as ColdFusion pages), and selected by default for dynamic pages. When this option is selected, Dreamweaver uses the version of the file on the site’s testing server as the source for the Live view display.
Use Local Files for Document Links
HTTP Request Settings
Takes you to an advanced settings dialog box where you can enter values for displaying live data. For more information, click the Help button in the dialog box.
Previewing pages in browsers
Before previewing a document, save the document; otherwise, the browser does not display your most recent changes.
If no browsers are listed, select Edit > Preferences or Dreamweaver > Preferences (Macintosh), and then select the Preview In Browser category on the left to select a browser.
Content linked with a site root-relative path does not appear when you preview documents in a local browser unless you specify a testing server, or select the Preview Using Temporary File option in Edit > Preferences > Preview In Browser. This is because browsers don’t recognize site roots—servers do.
To preview content linked with root-relative paths, put the file on a remote server, and then select File > Preview In Browser to view it.
You can set preferences for the browser to use when previewing a site and define default primary and secondary browsers.