How to Enable Javascript in Dreamweaver 8

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How to Enable Javascript in Dreamweaver 8
Enable JavaScript in your browser to properly preview Web pages created in Dreamweaver 8. (laptop image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Dreamweaver 8 is a website creation and management application created by Macromedia. Developed for users of all skill levels, the program offers both a point-and-click design interface and a text-based code editor. It also provides tools to help create sites, manage files and folders and create and edit templates. Dreamweaver does not natively offer a Web page preview feature. Instead, it allows you to preview your page by loading it in the Web browser of your choosing. As a result, if you want to view JavaScript content on a page created in Dreamweaver, you must first enable JavaScript in your Web browser.

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    Enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer

  1. 1

    Open an Internet Explorer browser window.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" in the top menu bar and select "Internet Options."

  3. 3

    Select the "Security" tab.

  4. 4

    Click the "Internet" icon.

  5. 5

    Click the "Custom level" button.

  6. 6

    Scroll down the list of options until you reach the "Scripting" heading.

  7. 7

    Set the "Active Scripting" option to "Enable."

  8. 8

    Click "OK" on each of the next two screens to confirm the change.

    Enable JavaScript in Firefox

  1. 1

    Open a Firefox browser window.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" in the top menu bar and select "Options."

  3. 3

    Select the "Content" tab.

  4. 4

    Check the box labelled "Enable JavaScript."

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to confirm the change.

    Run Dreamweaver 8's "Preview in Browser" command

  1. 1

    Open Dreamweaver 8.

  2. 2

    Click "File" in the top menu bar and select "Open."

  3. 3

    Locate the page you want to preview. Open it in Dreamweaver by double-clicking its icon.

  4. 4

    Click "File" in the top menu bar, select "Preview in Browser," and click the name of the browser you want to use. Your page opens in the selected browser within seconds. With JavaScript enabled in the browser, you can now preview the JavaScript content created in Dreamweaver.

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