The Objects panel offers quick access to the primary objects, such as images and tables, that you typically place within your HTML document. To insert text, simply click in the Document window and start typing. Dreamweaver inserts <p> tags whenever you press the Enter key or Return key.
The Objects panel has seven different categories Characters , Common, Forms, Frames, Head, Invisibles, and Specialeach providing links to tools and objects specific to that category. The Objects panel, shown in its Common category mode in Figure 1-4, is accessed via Window Objects, Ctrl+F2 (Windows), or Cmd+F2 (Macintosh). You can switch categories by using the panel category selector menu indicated in Figure 1-4. The Objects panel can be customized as discussed in Chapter 19.
Figure 1-4. The Objects panel's Common category
Clicking an icon in the Objects panel places the chosen object at the current cursor location (or you can drag the icon to the desired location in the Document window). Some objects require additional information to be entered via a dialog box before the object can be inserted. To insert an empty placeholder object (and bypass the dialog box), disable the Edit Preferences General Show Dialog When Inserting Objects option, or hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) while inserting the object. Properties of existing objects can be modified using the Property inspector.
Table 1-1 lists the options available in each category of the Objects panel. See Chapter 19 for details on adding custom objects to the Objects panel. The Objects panel can also be configured to show icon labels using Edit Preferences General Objects Panel Icons and Text.
Table 1-1. Objects panel categories
Many of the objects inserted via the Objects panel can also be inserted using the keyboard shortcuts listed in Table 1-2.
Table 1-2. Object shortcut keys