Expanding Dreamweaver usability with Windows/Mac OS/Linux

Over the years I’ve found it necessary to copy text from a variety of sources such as the web, PDF files, MS Word files, Corel WordPerfect and others into Dreamweaver’s design view (or even into email). Its not always a smooth process and sometimes the copied text needs to have formatting and/or pictures removed from the copied content.

To avoid editing pasted text which can be a tedious process I use Windows Notepad to “cleanse” the text and make sure there isn’t any extraneous formatting (or pictures) left. Notepad is light on computer memory, fast to open and cleanses the copied text into plain ANSI text – that means no bold, italics, colors, formatting or anything like that, just plain text. Just copy your text and paste it into Notepad, and copy it out of the Notepad window and paste into Dreamweaver. Mac OS and Linux have their own versions of Notepad as well so it doesn’t matter if you have Dreamweaver on your MAc or Linux computer.

Other Time-Savers
I also use other time-savers when copy and pasting text like using other creative places to “cleanse” text even more quickly and keyboard shortcuts used often when moving all of this text about. The shortcuts below are for Windows and Mac OS and Linux also have keyboard shortcuts that do the same thing.

CTRL+C = copy
CTRL+X = cut (copies and removes the text)
CTRL+V = paste
CTRL+A = highlight all text
CTRL+F = find/search

Other creative places I use to “cleanse” text include the browser’s address bar, the Search Engine search box on my Firefox toolbar and my Google toolbar’s search box. If you use these make sure all of the text you pasting is on one line, no line breaks or you’ll lose soem of the text. In that case use Notepad or your favrotie ANSI text editor instead.

NOTE: This article was typed in Windows Notepad for kicks.

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