Viewing Complex Tables in Dreamweaver

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If you use Tables in Dreamweaver then chances are you have run into a problem and had a difficult time navigating around complicated table structure.

Here is an easy way to “enlarge” the viewing distance around all the table sets. Under the View menu, scroll down to Table Mode, then over to Expanded Tables Mode or F6 (for Dreamweaver CS4; opt + F6).

Here in the first example is Standard Mode

Here in the next example is Expanded Tables Mode. Note how the layout “looks” blown out on some areas — but you can easily see all the Tables that make up the layout.

This will really help to see exactly where the problem is by giving a nice space around all the tables in your layout. It will look a little odd at first because it is not a clean and true WYSIWYG version of your web page but a more of a visual aid.

I generally work in the Standard Mode and only go into the Expanded Tables Mode when a problem arises.

You can toggle between Expanded Tables Mode and the Standard Mode by typing the F6 key (for Dreamweaver CS4-CS6; opt + F6).

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