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Using Library Items in Dreamweaver CS3

Updated on August 24, 2010

A library is a collection of frequently used items known as library items. A library item is an asset that can be placed on your pages. They can be images, tables, Flash files, forms, Java Applets and more.

Whenever a library item is changed, it is updated across all the pages of the site that contain the item. This makes it extremely useful for quick, easy and consistent changes across your site.

Library category of the Assets Panel in Dreamweaver Cs3
Library category of the Assets Panel in Dreamweaver Cs3

Insert a Library Item

  1. Click on the page to place the insertion point where you want the library item to appear
  2. Click the Library button in the Assets tab of the Files panel
  3. Select the required item and click Insert or drag and drop the library item onto the page

Create a Library Item

  1. Select the portion of a page you want to use
  2. Click the Assets tab of the Files panel
  3. Click the Library button
  4. Click the New Library Item button at the bottom of the Library category
  5. Type a name for the library item and press Enter

The library item is stored in its own file with a .lbi extension. The file is saved in the Library folder in the root folder of your site.

Each library item you create is stored in a separate .lbi file within the Library folder.

Edit a Library Item

When you edit a library item, it is updated on every page it is used. This makes library items an extremely powerful feature of Dreamweaver.

  1. Click the Library button in the Assets tab of the Files panel
  2. Select the item you want to edit
  3. Click the Edit button at the bottom of the panel
  4. A new window appears for editing the item. Make the necessary changes and save them
  5. Select Update to update all the pages of your site that use the item. You can select Don’t Update and then update the pages at a later date

Editing a Library item
Editing a Library item

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      daniel 7 years ago

      I like the fact that you esplained what libraries are a lot of tutorials skip over the basics