i have referenced serveral items (css and images) with full urls rather than relative.
so in design view now i can only see things if i clikc on the live mode.
now i know that there is a way to view items that have full url references WITHOUT clicking on live mode. I have done it before.....but for the life of me i cant figure it out right now.
what am i missing to make this viewable in design view without using live mode?
View > Display External Files.
In my experience, this doesn't always work. AFAIK, Dreamweaver makes the retrieval of external files a low priority, so it might not seek the external file if other activity takes precedence.