I just downloaded and started using a trial version of Dreamweaver, and I find that many of the most useful functions are unavailable. Many menu choices are muted, and many keyboard shortcuts fail to work. For instance, all of Format > Style is muted, and shift-enter does not produce a line break. What gives?
What is a "required object?" I've been selecting text if that's what you
mean. I used a previous version of Dreamweaver for about 10 years, up to
about a year ago. This version is just like what I was using before, except
for the missing functionality. Previously, I could select some text, hit a
keyboard shortcut or drop a menu and format that text. Now, most of those
options are disabled. Ctrl-i does not italicize selected text. Format >
style > italic does not italicize selected text. I can italicize and bold
by clicking on the buttons in the lower menu, but most drop-downs don't
Please don't assume I don't know what I'm doing. Please don't assume I
don't understand this software. Please assume that the situation is exactly
as I described it in my previous email, and do what you can to figure out
why the software is behaving in this way. Is there a preference setting
that might be wrongly set? Is there a component that might be missing? What
could be wrong that would be making this happen?
Can you post what you are seeing? The big issue with Adobe is that the trial is not representative of the final product anymore because there are different versions floating out there from the perpetual licenses to the Cloud licenses. If you could post a screenshot and the OS, people on the forums will be able to help you with what things are in what versions.
Your original post is lacking a large amount of information to base any solution off of. I'm sure Preran was simply trying to verify some basline info before proceeding with possible solutions.
I assume you are using a Mac and drive a WV Beetle, so my advice is...
It sounds to me like you have a bad install. I would uninstall, use the cleaner and reinstall. If that doesn't take care of it, create a new user on your computer and see if it works from there.
DW has changed, significantly from previous versions, depending on which one you were using before. Many of the old HTML codes like <strong> <em> etc have been deprecated so DW removed them and now uses CSS to control such things. Some menu options still exist
Thank you for the information. I agree a bad install is the best bet. I'll try reinstalling as soon as my current urgent project is done.
And thanks for diagnosing my problem without knowing my OS and computer model.
This is where I admit that I'm an idiot.
After several reinstalls on my laptop, I tried installing DW on my netbook. Because I didn't have my thumbdrive handy, I tested DW on a brand new file instead of the old files I had been using. Formatting worked perfectly! So then I copied the new download over to my laptop and installed DW from the new file. At that point I finally realized that the problem might be my files rather than the download or the laptop, and again checked DW for formatting with a new file.
It worked perfectly!
So the problem was my old files, which I should have checked first thing. D'oh!