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Drag and dropping files into code view should populate page title not filename

Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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There is no option in prefernces to switch back to drag and drop populating the title tag as opposed to the filename. There should also be this option in the insert menu at least. I've seen a previous thread that is old but offered no solution other than open the file we want to link to and manually copy/pasting the title. This is too time-consuming and opens the door for error. Is there a way to automatically populate the title of a linked page? Thanks.

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Oct 18, 2022 Oct 18, 2022

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No.  Dreamweaver has never done that.  Sorry. 

 

Dragging a file from Files panel (F8) and dropping into DESIGN view adds a hyperlink to that file.  It works with:

  • PDF (filename.pdf),
  • Images (filename.jpg),
  • HTML pages (filename.html) or
  • Scripts (filename.js.) 

That's how Dreamweaver has always worked since it was first released. 

 

If you wish to scrape and display page TITLES or other meta data from files, you need another approach.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Thank you for the input! Indeed, that is true for Design view, even today. It populates the filename. Not useful to us, as Dreamweaver prior to CC always had the option of dragging an HTML file from the Files pane into Code view and it would populate a relative link with the full title of the page from the <title> tag. This is how I have done this for several years until today, having to upgrade to CC at one workplace. 

Do you know of a way to do this?

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From at least CS4 through CC2015, dragging and dropping an html file into Code View would create a link, and then use the title tag contents of a dragged .html file as the text of the link, for example...

<a href="somepagehere.html">The Some Page Here HTML File Title</a>

Adobe replaced DW's Code View with an incomplete version of Brackets after CC2015. We lost a few drag and drop functions when Brackets was bolted onto DW, that was one of them.

CC2015 is still available, though you have to download the installer in a round-about way, it can live on the same system as the most recent version, it just won't run at the same time.

If you're interested, I can give you a link.

If you're stuck with only the current version of DW, you have my sympathies.



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That makes sense.

Thank you for the offer, yet, we are stuck with CC sadly. It is perfectly fine for everything (so far) except this. 

The closest to a workaround I have found - which is still a time-vampire - is to drag into Design view, let it use the filename, then right-click and choose "Open Linked Page" and grab the title from there for copy/pasting. 

I can only hope to add to the list of the few people who wish this feature was back.

Thank you again!

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DW CC was completely rebuilt with new UI and Brackets code engine in 2017.  You must have been using a pre-2017 legacy version. 

 

If your computer can support legacy software, Pro Design Tools has some links to earlier products. But Adobe no longer supports them and can remove the legacy  installers at anytime.   If you decide to revert, use the VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS on that page and make a backup copy of the installer.

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2015-direct-download-links.html

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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