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How do I make changes to a Website that was made with a Dreamweaver Template

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I am trying the make changes to a website that has a Dreamweaver Template.

Above the header on the index.html page is...
<!--InstanceBegin template="/Templates/index2.dwt" codeOutsideHTMLIsLocked="false"  

Everything is grayed out and I am unable to make the changes I need.

Thank you,
Tina
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by:Gary
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You could open the file with notepad, remove that line, Save and reopen in Dreamweaver

(or ditch Dreamweaver and use Expression Web, far better than Dreamweaver, not that that would be hard)
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by:TinaMBarnard
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I tried your idea, but the rest of the html that I need to make my changes with is still grayed out...any more Ideas?
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Jason C. Levine earned 2000 total points
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You actually have to remove a lot of lines like that to get it to work in Dreamweaver but there is an easier way.  Under Modify | Templates in the menu system is a command to detach the template.  That should remove all template markup and restore unrestricted editing.

Cathal,

ExpressionWeb blows. ;)
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I use HTML-Kit which is a colorized code editor (Notepad++ and PSPad will also work) and I don't have to worry about what the editor will let me do.  Because it lets me do everything.  I have edited pages made in Dreamweaver, Adobe Go Live, Microsoft Publisher and Front Page, and Apple's iWeb.  Anything that generates HTML and PHP can be edited.  Other things too if I knew what to do with them.
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by:Gary
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Someone had to mention Front Page
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Definitely Not as a recommendation!!!
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by:TinaMBarnard
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Jason C. Levine, I was not able to do this it is grayed out...Under Modify | Templates in the menu system is a command to detach the template.

Dave Baldwin, I downloaded Notepad++ and made my changes but I broke the site and all the CSS was messed up. I am going to try again today.


Thanks for your Ideas...Tina
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by:Jason C. Levine
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If the option is greyed out in the menu it means the template code is malformed, possibly due to previous attempt to modify?

At any rate, all you need to do is remove comments <!-- stuff like this --> in a text editor and that will disable the template functionality. Don't remove actual code...just comments.
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by:TinaMBarnard
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I tried it again and was able to Modify the templates and bring the whole site in dreamweaver. I was able to make the changes for my client.

Thank You for your help, Tina :)
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