Stop Dreamweaver 8 From Creating _notes Folders and dwsync.xml File

Ever since I upgraded to Dreamweaver 8, I’ve been annoyed by the _notes folders that are automatically created in each directory of the site. Of course, they are hidden in the Dreamweaver file view but they are visible in Windows Explorer if you are not hiding hidden file types. I often find myself having to delete these folders whenever I package up website files to send to other developers or designers. This link below provides a solution so that Dreamweaver 8 never creates the _notes folders and dwsync.xml files in the first place.

“Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 creates an _notes folder, even when you have the preference turned off in the Design Notes category of the Site Definition dialog box. Dreamweaver also creates a dwsync.xml file inside the _notes folder. When you run Clean Up in the Design Notes category of the Site Definition, Dreamweaver does not delete the dwsync.xml file or the _notes folder. (Ref. 196185)

Dreamweaver 8 keeps file synchronization information in the dwsync.xml file which is located in the _notes folder. Although the dwsync.xml file resides in the _notes folder, it is not a Design Note. The Clean Up design notes command only cleans up MNO files.

If you don’t use Dreamweaver’s Synchronize feature, you can disable the “Maintain synchronization information” option from the Remote Info category of the advanced view of the Site Definition dialog box. This will delete all of the existing dwsync.xml files and stop the creation of future dwsync.xml files and _notes folders.

Note: Disabling the “Maintain Synchronize Information” option will prevent you from using Dreamweaver’s Synchronize functionality.”

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11 Responses to “Stop Dreamweaver 8 From Creating _notes Folders and dwsync.xml File”

  1. 8nine - website design on June 4th, 2009 7:26 am

    I use a combination of visual studio and dreamweaver for websites i work on and all the ‘_notes’ folders appear in visual studio, which is really annoying, i will try your solution – thanks

  2. someguy32 on July 27th, 2009 3:03 pm

    It works!! Thanks!! Die _notes, die!

  3. OmegaTech on March 4th, 2010 5:48 pm

    Also works in DW CS4. THX, and and I agree with someguy: die _notes, die!

  4. john doe on April 26th, 2010 8:31 pm

    harebrained adobe developers. You cannot disable one functionality w/o killing another. Why the f*** I cannot just stop those f****** _notes folders but still be able to synchronize???

  5. James on May 5th, 2010 4:33 am

    I appreciate the need for dreamweaver to need the sync info, but why oh why can we not choose where the notes relative base folder is?
    That way I could create my c:\websites folder, have
    c:\websites\Site1, C:\websites\site2 etc
    but have design notes saved in
    c:\websites\_notes\Site1\…, c:\websites\_notes\site2\… and so on
    c:\websites\_notes would be the “Notes Base Folder” and have DW automatically mirror whatever structure it needs in there.
    For me the syncronise feature its absolutely vital, and while everyone on the team uses Dreamweaver, NONE of us have *EVER* used the design notes feature.

    (mod please delete previous post)

  6. Rob Mitchell on November 24th, 2010 1:14 pm

    In DW8, the Files tab acts crazy whenever I try to expand or collapse a folder. I’m using DW8 on WindowsXP. I’ve deleted the entire folder structure from my hardrive and re-downloaded everything from my remote FTP server but it still acts crazy. Any ideas?

  7. Chris on November 24th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the info. It seems to have worked for me!

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  10. Michael4fm on January 2nd, 2012 3:21 pm

    Rats. Now I have to decide what’s more important. Keeping the ability to synchronise my local files with the remote ones, or keeping my sanity by not being confronted by unnecessary “_notes” folders everywhere.

    I used to really dislike Adobe’s arrogance at forcing users to do things “their” way, so whenever there’s an option that ISN’T Adobe I take that. Now, if I haven’t already moved from ‘dislike’ to ‘hate’, I know it won’t be long before I do.

    Still, at least I’ve found an answer I trust enough to stop looking further 🙂 Many thanks.

  11. JoRJa on July 15th, 2012 11:28 am

    Thank you for tip!

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