Adding extensions to Dreamweaver

Adding extensions to Dreamweaver

Extensions are new features that you can add easily to Dreamweaver. You can use many types of extensions; for example, there are extensions that let you reformat tables, connect to back-end databases, or help you write scripts for browsers.

To find the latest extensions for Dreamweaver, use the Macromedia Exchange website at Once there, you can log in and download extensions (many of which are free), join discussion groups, view user ratings and reviews, and install and use the Extension Manager. You must install the Extension Manager before you can install extensions.

The Extension Manager is a separate application that lets you install and manage extensions in Macromedia applications. Start the Extension Manager from Dreamweaver by choosing Commands > Manage Extensions.

To install and manage extensions:

  1. On the Macromedia Exchange website, click the download link for an extension.

    Your browser may let you choose to open and install it directly from the site or save it to disk.

    • If you are opening the extension directly from the site, the Extension Manager handles the installation automatically.
    • If you are saving the extension to disk, a good place to save the extension package file (.mxp) is the Downloaded Extensions folder within the Dreamweaver application folder on your computer.
  2. Double-click the extension package file, or open the Extension Manager and select File > Install Extension.

    The extension is installed in Dreamweaver. Some extensions aren’t accessible until Dreamweaver has restarted; you may be prompted to quit and restart the application.

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