June 13, 2005

Changing Dreamweaver Default Extensions

Dreamweaver MX 2004 doesn't make changing the default file extension easy, though it *should* be easy. You just reverse the order of the extensions for "winfileextension" in this file:

C:>Program Files>Macromedia>Dreamweaver MX 2004>Configuration>DocumentTypes>MMDocumentTypes.xml

[WordPress is removing the backslashes, so I've replaced with ">"]

Unfortunately, every time I tried, I'd get a series of popup error notifications about document types. Sure, DWMX04 would still work, but who wants beeping error windows on every launch?

After combing the Macromedia DW forums, I found the solution.

As it turns out: if you, as a savvy computer user, make a copy of the file before editing it and that copy is in the same folder, you get these errors. Move the copy elsewhere, edit the file, and you're good to go.

2 Comments to "Changing Dreamweaver Default Extensions"

  1. Tim John says:

    Hi Diane,
    I moved the copy, as suggested, and it now works as it should – I can now save as .html as opposed to .htm. Please educate Macromedia!
    Thanks for the advice.

  2. DianeV says:

    Glad it worked. I think it may be a matter of … I don't know what.

    Also, here's a writeup for changing Dreamweaver MX 2004 Source Code Formatting. This one I'm sure Macromedia understands; it's just that many people don't understand the explanation.

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