If I open the file manager window to display my hard drive and the server files, then click on a file in the hard drive display to edit it, it opens behind the file manager window and I cannot view it properly without moving the file manager window, or closing the file manager window. It used to be that when you click on a file like this it would take precedence. I am on a Mac if that makes a difference. Do not have this problem with previous versions of DW.
Try maximizing the Files window. I was able to replicate your issue with Dreamweaver CS6 version 12.1 Build 5966, on a Mac OSX Lion 10.8.2, and resolved it by maximizing that window.
If you think Adobe should fix it, you could file a bug report: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform
Thanks, that did work and I have filed the bug report. Also in this same area, when you click on a file, why is there always a big grey box all of a sudden with the tool bar on top of it. Surely this should be in the file that you open, not in another grey box.. I am not that proficient with DW, so there maybe a reason for this. I went through the tutorials on Lynda.com and couldn't find any mention of the bug I reported or this second strange behaviour
Yeah, the whole Dreamweaver application seems to be quite disjointed. ;-)
That gray box in the background is Dreamweaver. The "bolton.asp" page is in it's own window, and so is "Files", or file manager. If you select and drag "bolton.asp"into the Dreamweaver gray box, until it fades out some and you see blue lines surrounding that area, and let go, the page then becomes a tab within the Dreamweraver interface.
If you also maximize the Files window, then Dreamweaver should begin to behave a little more predictably. Once you get your workspace just like you want, you can click the workspace dropdown > New Workspace..., and then save it as a new name. After that if things get out of whack you can reset your workspace.
Does that solve the problem?
I forgot to mention that on the Mac, Dreamweaver itself seems to behave better if it is also maximized. Maybe others with larger displays will have different thoughts on that, but on my 22 inch, Dreamweaver at full screen performs flawlessly.
I got this from Adobe:
The issue that you have mentioned will happen only if you have turned on "Application Frame". You can toggle the 'Application Frame' setting from menu item 'Window > Application Frame' in Dreamweaver.
If you turn off the 'Application Frame', the file will get the focus after opening it from Files Panel.
But full frame, fill my 7" screen is a nuisance. I don't want to have it that big every time I open a file. It is ridiculous. I need to have DW operating in one part of the screen while I bring up mail and web pages in the other, and then cut and paste from an email into a DW file page.
Do you mean 7' (7 foot)? Wow, that is gargantuan! My whole desk is only 6 foot, and I've got two 22" monitors sitting on it, one for Windows 7, and one for the Mac. Sorry I'm rambling.
I just did a quick test, and you may not need to have Dreamweaver itself maximized as long as everything else is.
Everything seems to work fine like that.