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Specifying an alternate file editor

Explorer ,
May 16, 2020

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Running DW 20.1 - build 15211

 

If I right-click on a file in the file list and choose Open With > Browse I can select the Notepad++ program as an editor to use on special occasions when I need something I can't do in the Dreamweaver editor (like edit a protected dwt area to test something before I change the dwt in Dreamweaver). This works fine, but there doesn't seem to be a way to make that choice of editor stick for future use. I can't seem to find any preferences for that. Is there a place to enter that alternate program to use via Open With?

 

I am aware of the dangers of editing something outside of DW, but sometime there is a quick test I need to make in a DWT file before I do it "for real" within DW.

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Specifying an alternate file editor

Explorer ,
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Running DW 20.1 - build 15211

 

If I right-click on a file in the file list and choose Open With > Browse I can select the Notepad++ program as an editor to use on special occasions when I need something I can't do in the Dreamweaver editor (like edit a protected dwt area to test something before I change the dwt in Dreamweaver). This works fine, but there doesn't seem to be a way to make that choice of editor stick for future use. I can't seem to find any preferences for that. Is there a place to enter that alternate program to use via Open With?

 

I am aware of the dangers of editing something outside of DW, but sometime there is a quick test I need to make in a DWT file before I do it "for real" within DW.

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May 16, 2020

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I am aware of that setting. I only want to use another editor for some html, htm, php files on occasion. I want to use DW for those file types 99.9% of the time. I only need to use notepad++ on occasion. But when I do, I need to use it multiple times in a short window.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 16, 2020

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I can replicate the problem; do not see a way out except to use the system's file manager to open the files.


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May 16, 2020

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Thanks. That is what I have been doing. Just trying to save some steps, if possible. Take care.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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To add to what Ben said, scroll down to Use an External Editor.

https://helpx.adobe.com/au/dreamweaver/using/setting-coding-preferences.html#use_an_external_editor

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web.com

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May 16, 2020

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I don't want to use a different editor all the time for htm, html, php files. I can go weeks without needing to use notepad++. But when I need to use it, I need to use it several times. And having to constantly browse to the Program Files / Notepad++ directory and select the exe file is a pain. So is going into preferences and changing the editor back and forth between DW and notepad++. It would be nice to set an alternate editor and call it up when needed. I guess DW doesn't have that feature. I thought it might be there and I just didn't see it. Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 17, 2020

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"And having to constantly browse to the Program Files / Notepad++ directory and select the exe file is a pain."

You don't need DW for this.  Use your operating system to create a shortcut icon on your desktop.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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May 17, 2020

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I have had that shortcut on my desktop and in the task bar at the bottom of my screen for a long time. When I use that shortcut I still have to navigate to the file within notepad++. I'd rather just right click on the file in DW and do Open With to save time.

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May 16, 2020

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Agree. As below archived document mentioned, we could store the default external editor by clicking the browser button in preferences of Dreamweaver.
https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=LaxetOGeD7kC&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=Dreamweaver+external+editor+pre...

 

However this feature was deprecated for some reason a long time ago.
Please submit this in the request from on dreamweaver.uservoice.com
https://dreamweaver.uservoice.com

 

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