You’ve probably encountered find and replace tools in word processing programs and even some graphics programs. As the name implies, the command finds a piece of text (Webmaster, for example) and then replaces it with something else (Webmistress). Like Microsoft Word, Dreamweaver can search and replace text in the body of your Web pages. But it also offers variations on this feature that enhance your ability to work within the tag-based world of HTML.
What’s more, Dreamweaver lets you find and replace text on every page of your Web site, not just the current, open document. In addition, you can remove every appearance of a particular HTML tag, or search and replace text that matches very specific criteria. For example, you can find every instance of the word “aardvark” that appears within a center-aligned paragraph. These advanced find and replace options are some of the most powerful—and under-appreciated—tools in Dreamweaver’s toolbox. If you learn how to use them, you’ll be able to make changes to your pages in a fraction of the time it would take using other methods.