Dreamweaver: Disable Searching for New and Changed Files

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I use Adobe Dreamweaver 8, and every time I go to work on a large website (where I have a large number of files on my local server), I get a little pop up dialog saying:

Opening Site WebsitesinaFlash.com

Searching for new and changed files.
You can safly stop this if you have not
changed any files outside of Dreamweaver…

Here’s a quick screenshot of the dialog that pops up:

Searching for new and changed files.
Searching for new and changed files.

This has been getting increasingly annoying, as if I don’t his stop, it takes up to 10 seconds to finish the scan. Most of the time when I do hit stop, it lags for 6 seconds and then stops.

This scan occurs on any website you have cache enabled. The cache settings on your Dreamweaver website is useful if you use the Dreamweaver file synchronization. It also claims to speed up the Asset panel, link management, and Site Map features. Of these items, I think the link management is the only thing that I use.

How To Disable This

To disable this, open up the Local Info page of your website settings. You can get there through Manage Sites… > Edit or by double clicking on the website name in the drop down on the Files tab. The last option has a checkbox to Enable cache. By unchecking this selection, you won’t have any more trouble with this pop up window/file scan.

Uncheck the Enable Cache checkbox to stop the Search for Files
Uncheck the "Enable Cache" checkbox to stop the Search for Files

That’s been bugging me forever. Not anymore!
Ashton Sanders

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