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Changing text and text color in DW CS5

Nov 6, 2010 7:29 PM

I just upgraded from an older version of Dreamweaver and am having some trouble adjusting to the changes.


When I open an existing HTML file to edit, I used to just highlight text then below in the property inspector I could change the font

and color. It was that simple.


In the new DW I highlight the text and there is no properties for the text at the bottom. I may have DW in the wrong mode if that means

anything since it seems to be trying to do CSS. When I highlight and go to FORMAT at the top, the COLOR it lets me choose the color

as it did in the older DW but then the problem starts, then I get this "NEW CSS RULE" box that pops up.


Any suggestions what I'm doing wrong or how this simple change of color or text now differs?


Thank you

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    Nov 7, 2010 12:40 AM   in reply to derkJohnson



    I had the same problems with the changeover, actually it is quite simple (step by step from my German DW):


    When you change a font or a font color this window opens and you can set your options here:



    Now you can use/match your new css rule "TextRe20px":



    It's seen here:



    ... and here a little example for you:



    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
    <html xmlns="">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    <title>New Color aso</title>
    <style type="text/css">

    .TextRed20px {
    color: #F00;
    font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;
    font-size: 24px;



    <body class="TextRed20px">
    Here is my new text.



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    Nov 7, 2010 4:37 AM   in reply to derkJohnson

    Gruess Dich,


    short answer, yes you should for a new css-rule, normally.There are some other ways, one of them I'll show you when you want to change an existing rule. Look here:




    Clicking ENTER after a semicolon DW opens this menu. Now you are free to choose from, there are plenty of choices, what means you/we have to deal with their different impacts.


    Of course you can also open the CSS-style window (translated from German DW: window > CSS-style (Shift + F11).




    P.S. (OT)Nice to see German words. Ich würde mich natürlich sehr freuen, wenn ich Dir mit meiner kleinen Erläuterung helfen konnte.

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