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Adobe Dreamweaver: "is a remote file and cannot be edited" error message

Question by Guest | 2017-02-23 at 16:55

I have tried to open a file in Adobe Dreamweaver in order to edit some associated CSS and JavaScript files and scripts. However, I always get the following error message:

"FileXYZ is a remote file and cannot be edited"

The message was displayed in a yellow box at the top of the file window. What can be the reason of this error?!

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Remote File means that the file is stored in a distant place. Therefore, the fight is not accessible and the file cannot be edited. This can have several reasons:

  • Maybe you have downloaded a website using Firefox or another browser and then you have tried to open it in Adobe Dreamweaver. If there are not all files saved locally, the downloaded files can still contain links and associations to online files. And of course, those files cannot directly be edited.
  • You can set up servers in Adobe Dreamweaver. For example, there are so-called FTP servers. The connection to a FTP server can be used for directly storing files on the server. This can also be a possible error source because it is not possible to directly edit the files on the FTP server. You should always work on a local version stored on your hard drive.

Could this solve your problem? Otherwise, another reason might be that some paths are not correct and Adobe Dreamweaver is just not finding the file.
2017-02-24 at 10:29

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For me, the following scenario solved the problem.

I had included a CSS file via its direct server path:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://www.example.com/css/style.css" >

This leads to the problem that you were not able to edit the specified CSS file in Dreamweaver from the associated file and I got the error message "style.css is a remote file and cannot be edited".

I have solved the problem in the following way:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/style.css" >

As you can see, I have specified the relative path instead, so that Dreamweaver can find and also process this file.
2017-02-24 at 13:48

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