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Local Files Folder Always Empty in Dreamweaver 5.5 (on PC)

Feb 20, 2012 4:30 PM

While working on a website this past weekend, the site - which had a half dozen pages, a dozen Word & PDF documents, two dozen images, CSS files, templates, SpryAssets, etc., opened with two pdf's and the index page.  I tried re-inserting the other pages, images, templates, etc., clicked on "save all", closed the website, and when I opened it again, only the index page and the two pdf's were there.  I tried re-creating a .ste file per the help menu instructions, placing the .ste in the site's root folder, copying the missing files, css, images, templates, etc. from the Bridge, and saving everything in my open project, with the same result - only the index page & two pdf's were in the local files folder.  I tried rebuilding Dreamweaver preferences to fix the problem without success, and finally uninstalled & reinstalled/updated Dreamweaver 5.5.  I also installed tutorial files with a finished site from Class On Demand on my PC, used Manage Sites to create a "new site" for a couple of the tutorial sites, and the ONLY thing that showed up in Local Files was an empty folder!  The tutorial sites have pages, images, templates, etc.


I am working on a Dell 470 Workstation in Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with 4 gigs RAM and a nVidia Quadro 1800 video card.  I would GREATLY appreciate any info on what I am doing wrong and why Dreamweaver 5.5 does not know where a website's files are.


Thank you,


Bill K

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    Feb 21, 2012 10:38 AM   in reply to jumpcam

    Hello Bill,


    This is just a starter question for you and may be useful whilst we wait for an expert.


    Did you define your site under site management?




    Doh!  I re read your post and can see that you have.


    I still wonder if there might be something in there that is a bit awry?

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    Feb 21, 2012 11:40 AM   in reply to jumpcam



    This sounds like you have a corrupted user config folder and DW is not recognizing the file types.


    First back up all your site definitions, then uninstall DW, delete your user configuration folder and then reinstall DW and any extensions you may have.


    For details on locating your user config folder see -



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