Dreamweaver Windows bug: Problems selecting local root folder

by James Cook on August 17, 2009

Important Update: I’ve recently seen a report that this bug can affect the selection of folders using the Find in menu of the Search and Replace dialog. Obviously searching and replacing in the wrong folder can have very dire consequences. So, if you choose to use the Find in Folder… option in Dreamweaver for Windows, be very careful to insure that the correct folder is selected.

And, of course, it’s always a good idea to back up your site before you do extensive search and replace operations across multiple files.

The issue: While defining a site using the Windows version of Dreamweaver, when the users tries to set the local root folder by browsing into and selecting it, the local root folder is set one directory higher than the one he's chosen.

The (very unsatisfactory) solution: Type in the directory name manually OR select a directory inside the one you actually want to set as the root folder.

More info: I've experienced this issue but wasn't able to get any concrete information until now. Now thanks to a response from David Powers to my post on the Adobe forums we at least know it's a "known issue." Here's David's response:

…when I reported it as a bug to Adobe, an engineer […] said the problem had already been identified internally by Adobe on Windows 7. I was originally alerted to the problem by Al Sparber, who told me it happened after the Service Pack 2 "upgrade" to Vista. I didn't have SP2 installed, so I tested my version of CS4 (on 32 bit Vista). There was no problem selecting the local root folder. I then installed SP2, and immediately tested it again: the root folder was not selected.

It affects all versions of Dreamweaver, not just CS4. Adobe's comment was that SP2 has obviously brought Vista in line with Windows 7. I have no idea if or when a fix will be made available. It's certainly annoying, but it doesn't prevent the program from working; and I don't create new sites every day, so it's something I can live with.

Added Info: A report that this bug also affect linking to external CSS (and I assume JavaScript) files: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2197998#2197998

Debbie June 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thank you all! I am a newbie, and was kept getting the same message, with respect to root folder. I typed in the path and it worked perfectly! FYI, I’m using DW5

Marty Juel September 20, 2010 at 6:20 am

No one has addressed my unique aspects of the ‘root folder ‘ problem. After I set up a folder and select it, I then try to select the ‘Servers, Version Control and Advanced Settings tabs in the Site Setup folder. None can be selected so I can’t set up access to upload, test and do all the other connections that will connect Dreamweaver to my website on the web. Do I need to go to another program, such as a CuteFTP to upload my site from my computer to the web?

jcook September 20, 2010 at 7:25 am

What version of Dreamweaver are you using and What OS versioin?

Ian May 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I’m having issues with this particular issue in the Find and Replace feature of CS4. I am unable to search in Dreamweaver for a string of characters. I’ve been using Dreamweaver is 4.0 and I’m close to scrapping it and finding a replacement. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Ummati April 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

I am learning to use Dream weaver and i need to set up this root folder, it is really annoying. manual typing doesn’t help

I can’t get started just bcoz of this stupid problem

please help

jcook April 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

When you manually type in the directory name you need add it to the end of the link to the directory Dreamweaver does select. You also have to get the name of the directory exactly right.

Or you can create a directory (named “dummy” for instance) inside the one you want to and then select the “dummy” folder.

Forkoff.co.uk March 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

Lame Adobe… Fix or free upgrade when you release the new one… There are free programs that have better support than this… THREE months now and not even the offer of a manual solution… fix the issues and stop releasing beta software. This is disgraceful.

jcook March 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

Actually, I ran into this issue back in July 2010 and I’m sure I wasn’t the first person to discover it.

Georgie March 21, 2010 at 4:07 am

I had this issue, and it went away. I ended up having an issue with Win 7 and had to run startup repair and the issue came back. I wish I could figure out what exactly breaks Dreamweaver, but I know it IS possible to get it working! If anyone ever figures this out, please post!

daddy design February 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

does anyone know if there’s been a fix for this yet? it’s really annoying

jcook February 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

No fix and I wouldn’t expect anything until CS5 comes out given Adobe’s track record.

Mark January 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

Grr. We just moved to Windows 7 and are seeing this both in the site setup and also when setting the path for a text link from the design view.

erin January 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

i’ve been working with the trial version of dw and i have the same problem on my new laptop with win7. i thought it was just me, but does manually typing in the path really fix it?

jcook January 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yes, manually setting the path really works but you have to be careful because you can run into a similar problem while choosing a folder for other tasks (as some have pointed out here). So be careful whenever you select a folder.

Pip December 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I have the same problem. A very annoying bug. Come on Adobe. Get with the program. You spend $2000 for software and they have the audacity to release this to the market. They keep this up, I’ll switch to Konquerer.

Daryl Quenet December 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Garrrrrrrgh! I wish they would fix this bug as it has been plaguing since January when I started using Windows 7 public beta, and then with Vista SP2. Is it just me or has Dreamweaver suffered at least a little bit since Adobe took over? When Macromedia ran the shower it wasn’t as pretty an application but Dreamweaver 8 has 2 point releases up to 8.0.2 to fix bugs, Adobe just doesn’t seem to have the same commitment to fixing bugs or at least on a regular basis….

jcook December 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I think the product has improved since Adobe took over BUT I’d have to agree that they aren’t very good about fixing known bugs.

Daniel February 4, 2010 at 10:28 am

The product has certainly improved since Adobe took over, but one could argue that the same (and possibly greater) improvements might still have been made under Macromedia. Product improvement over time is natural. Or at least it should be (insert Microsoft as exception to rule)

Ryan Boyd December 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm

This is an incredibly annoying bug which is so bloody simple in its context that it amazes me it’s there at all.

It might not prevent the program from working – but it holds up workflow across working with multiple sites and it also creates problems when finding and replacing – so a fix is a must.

Lisa December 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Good Grief and Thanks. I have spent an hour on this same problem. Thought it was just me (operator error).

Jason December 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

It actually is a bigger deal than you think. I work with a ton of photos (mainly for photo galleries and the like) and my work flow usually involves me creating arrays of the same photo and then double-clicking on a “placeholder” photo to choose a different one. It’s a lot easier for me to do this than drag n drop or choose an image file.

Anyway, that doesn’t work either. If you click around inside the image select dialog box, it will eventually choose the photo you want… but wow, I am almost certainly switching to a different web-authoring program because of this.

I know it is not dreamweaver’s fault, but I don’t really have a choice to change down from Windows 7 at the moment.

Philip October 15, 2009 at 11:43 am

Just want to note that I am experiencing this issue as well. At least now I know it’s a Windows issue and not a random setting in DW/Adobe I forgot to check.

Joff September 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

I create new sites on a regular basis so this bug is quite annoying!

FWIW, I encountered this on Vista SP1 as well as now on SP2 (using DW CS4).

Matt August 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Thankyou, have been looking for a fix for this all evening.
I can confirm this workaround does work !

Weijian August 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

Hi I am a web designer and I just got windows 7 in my desktop and the exactly same issue happens. Hope this thing will be solved asap although this is not really a big deal.

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