In trying to get to know Dreamweaver, I was moving the panels around. The Insert panel subsequently disappeared from the space on the right. Its contents seem to be strung across the top of the screen, but there is no Insert panel. When I click on Windows and check Insert, the contents across the top appear and disappear, but I cannot get the panel itself to reappear on the right above the CSS panel. Any suggestions?
I admit to feeling foolish asking you such a mundane question, but I would really like to learn Dreamweaver, and I am extremely frustrated by this confusing situation. I have both of your books, Dummies and Visually—they are quite clear compared to some others, which seem incapable of saying anything straightforwardly.
Enjoy the weekend.
I understand your problem and how not finding any of the panels makes it hard to do anything else.
You can open any panel by choosing Window and then choosing the name of the panel you want to open.
Here’s another way to get the most popular panels back all at once. Choose Window > Workspace Layout > and then choose any of the options. Each one will change the entire layout of the program, moving panels in a variety of configurations. You can even set up your own layout by opening and closing panels and then saving it.
But if you just want to get everything back so you can keep using the program the way I do in the book, choose Window > Workspace Layout > Designer. (Note that there is also an option to Reset Designer if that was the last option you chose.)
That should get the program back to a place where you can use it. I have a full class on setting up the interface in my video training series. If you visit DigitalFamily.com, just click on any of the links for my online video training and you’ll discover how to subscribe. I find books make great reference, but learning design concepts when you can see what the instructor is doing in a video is much easier.
No matter how you continue to learn Dreamweaver, I wish you all the best,