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Dreamweaver 4.0 - BUG - can't exit Design View

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Hello Experts,

I've have a strange bug.  I've used Dreamweaver 4.0 for a while, without any problems.
Today when I tried to open ANY file in dreamweaver, it opens in Design view.  And it
won't allow me to switch to code or code/design view.

Since I'm working with ASP pages, all it shows me are the little 'asp' icons in design view.
And since I can't switch to code view I can't alter the pages.  I've tried rebooting, and even
un-installing / re-installing Dreamweaver.  Nothing has helped.  For now I'm editing things in
notepad, but all things being equal I'd prefer to get this working.  Anyone run into this before
or have any ideas?

Thanks!
Maurice
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi GRCHELPDESK,

Wow.  This soundslike a fun one.

When you uninstalled DW, did you also go through and delete the folders left behind after the uninstall?
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by:GRCHELPDESK
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Hey Jason1178,

No, I can't say I've tried that.  Let me give that a whirl and I'll let you know how it turned out.

Thanks!
Maurice
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by:GRCHELPDESK
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This time I un-installed Dreamweaver and deleted the folder afterwards.
C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 4

Sadly, it's still doing the same thing.  I've noticed something else.  The first time
you open a file after the un-install, it'll open in code view.  But the first time you try
to switch to any other view, it switches to design view.  And then it won't allow me
to use any other view.  And any file you open after that opens in design view and is
stuck there.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Maurice
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Jason C. Levine earned 2000 total points
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Nope, no clue.

Google says to try the following pages.  The consensus seems to be an issue with overlapping windows and focus causes this issue:

http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_15941
http://groups.google.com/group/macromedia.dreamweaver/browse_thread/thread/3fd8ee446626137f/ca01830cb922ef49%23ca01830cb922ef49
http://groups.google.com/group/macromedia.dreamweaver/browse_thread/thread/e4cd6fa559c44960/934fbc1823022e6b%23934fbc1823022e6b

Granted, you probably don't want to hear the following, but it might be time for you to upgrade...
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by:GRCHELPDESK
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Hey Jason1178,

You rock, the first link you sent me had the answer.  I'll pass this along for anyone else that runs into this:

1  Use the File > New command to open a new page.
2  If the window of the new page is not automatically maximized, do so by using the maximize icon.
3  Use the View > Code and Design command to view the new page.

Note: You should now be able to use the View > Code command as well as the Show Code View and Show Code and Design Views buttons with this page now.

4  If there are any pages open other than the page created in Step 1, select and close those pages FIRST before exiting Dreamweaver. Make sure the page from Step 1 is the ONLY page left open.
5  Exit from Dreamweaver. When you restart Dreamweaver, the commands and buttons for Code View should work

Thanks again,
Maurice
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w00t!
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