It used to be when I opened the color picker and clicked on the "hex" option, it would give me swatches of web safe colors. Now it just gives me the same interface as the RGB one. Most of the time, I just want a basic red, gray, black, white, etc., but now I have to hunt and peck for the right color.
Anyway to get the simple swatches back?
I use the CSS code hints for color swatches. See screenshot.
Back when people still used VGA displays that only supported 256 colors, we needed web safe colors. These days, everyone has support for 16+ million true colors. So web safe color swatches are irrelevant.
The color picker is actually pretty handy... Instead of hunting for a hex code, try typing in the exact color name you're looking for:
CSS names work too:
That's great if you know the name. But I don't think you can type in "purple that's not too dark and kind of bluish"...
Swatches still exist in Photoshop, so why not in DW?
For a quick reference you can use https://htmlcolorcodes.com/color-names/ to see some of the most common names.
When I need a quick & easy larger color picker, I hit Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=hex+color+picker, or use Dreamweaver's Assets: Color Panel and/or CC Libraries to store the colors I need.
And do keep in mind: Dreamweaver isn't a graphic design tool...
"And do keep in mind: Dreamweaver isn't a graphic design tool... "
Exactly. And that's why it should have a simple, basic color picker for CSS, not an advanced one.
Maybe there's a way to install a palette?
I've often thought that might be useful but I don't know any editor which offers a css swatch panel or full css color picker. Seems just right for any extension developer but there is probably an obvious reason why there's not much appetite, maybe no money in it as you can go direct to an online css color picker. Still it didn't stop some editors introducing a font-awesome icon panel rather than one having to go out to their website to search for icons, I can think of 2 who have done that.
It's a round-about way, but you could use the same color picker to store up to 13 color swatches in the upper right corner: