Customising Dreamweaver (was Re: [thelist] Common Fonts)

Andrew Travers Andrew.Travers at
Wed Dec 20 09:10:29 CST 2000


Re: your Dreamweaver tip, surely it would be easier to just delve into the
html or linked css and edit it manually, rather than editing the default
font lists or ameding the registry? 

Without sounding like a Web Grandad (ok, sounding like a Web Grandad!) -
*wonderful* though Dreamweaver's customisation potential is, there's no
substitute for getting into the code directly.

On a more general point, CSS is a real Dreamweaver 3 weakness - it's one of
the few areas where I still use Notepad as first choice. Don't know if DW4
does much to address this. If anyone has early impressions of DW4 - would be
interested to know what people think of it.


-----Original Message-----
Message: 17
Reply-To: "George Dillon" <george.dillon at>
From: "George Dillon" <george.dillon at>
To: <thelist at>
Subject: Wednesday Freebie: Customising DW (PC) Font List to include Geneva
(was Re: [thelist] Common Fonts)
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 10:46:58 -0000
Reply-To: thelist at

Martin wrote:

> Times isn't that good onscreen either, but I don't have an
> alternative seriffed font to suggest.

AFAIK the M$ recommendation is Georgia

<tip type="Customising Dreamweaver">

THEORY: the consensus seems to be that since Arial looks crap on the Mac,
"Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" is the recommended CSS declaration.

PROBLEM: Dreamweaver's Edit Font List dialogue will only let you select
fonts which are installed on your PC, and Geneva is a Mac-specific font
(hence the order of the above list).

SOLUTION 1: Get from CrossFont from (or a similar program) and
create a version of Geneva for your PC, then edit your DW Font List as per

DRAWBACK: Any sites which use the above CSS will now appear in Geneva on
your PC rather than in Arial, and Geneva looks crap on the PC.

WORKAROUND: After creating the above entry in your Font List, uninstall

SOLUTION 2: Customize your DW configuration.

DRAWBACK: Unlike many other features of DW, the Font List is not determined
by JS but by a registry setting.

WORKAROUND: Hack your registry as follows:

1. Back up your registry first (as always).

2. Shut down DW if it's running.

3. Find and export the following registry key (this one is for DW3):
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 3\Font Menu]

4. Edit the .reg file you've just created using a plain text editor.  It may
look something like this:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 3\Font Menu]
"Item01"="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
"Item02"="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif"
"Item03"="Courier New, Courier, mono"
"Item04"="Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"

5. Delete the registry key mentioned in step 3.

6. Merge your edited .reg file into your registry (in Explorer right-click
and select Merge).

7. Restart your computer.




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