How to Manage Files with Dreamweaver

Add Files or Folders to an Existing File

To manage files in Dreamweaver, you will need to be in the Files panel:

  1. Select file that you would like to manage.
  2. Right-click on the file to add new files or folders.

Create a New File

To create a new file:

  1. Select a folder and right click.
  2. Select New File.
  3. Name the file.

The new file will be automatically placed under the selected folder.

Create a New Folder

To create a new folder:

  1. Right-click on the document root of the domain or the primary folder you wish for the folder to be in.
  2. Select New Folder.

Delete a File

To delete a file:

  1. Right-click on the file or folder.
  2. Select EditDelete.

Copy a File

To duplicate a file:

  1. Right-click on the file.
  2. Select Edit > Duplicate.

Rename a File

To rename a file:

  1. Right-click on the file.
  2. Select Edit > Rename.
  3. Type in the new name then hit enter.

Move a File

To move a file, drag and drop the file to the new destination.

Note: If there is code with links in the files being moved, Dreamweaver will ask if you wish to update the files with the new links and lists the different files that are needing to be updated. If an update is needed, click update.

Synchronize Files

To synchronize files between your local machine and your remote FTP server:

  1. Click on the Synchronize button.
  2. Select whether you'd like to sync the entire domain's files or only select files in addition to how you would like to synchronize the files by placing new files on the remote server, pulling new files from the remote server or both.
  3. Click Preview. The system will list the files to be transferred.
  4. Click OK.

The synchronization process will begin immediately and take a few moments to complete. Once completed, you will see the change in the files immediately.


Dreamweaver is a popular Adobe program for creating websites and applications.  It supports HTML5, CSS3, PHP, FTP, jQuery and more; and it works with HostGator web hosting.

You can learn more about Dreamweaver by visiting Adobe's website or the video learning portal, Adobe TV.  The video in this article is courtesy of Adobe TV.