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Create Image Map / Hotspot in Dreamweaver CS4

How to create a clickable image map in Dreamweaver CS4/CS5

Create image map in Dreamweaver

An image map or a clickable image map is a web image containing (sub-)areas that linked to different content or web pages. Each clickable area is often referred to as a hotspot. Image map is useful in presenting and organizing information where you let web visitors see the big picture and also give them the option to click around and explore the areas of interest. An example would be something like the image on the left with four distinctive areas constructed by the puzzle pieces. Each puzzle piece may represent one of your products or services or anything else.

Create a Pull-Down List/Drop-down Menu

How to turn a pull-down or drop-down list into a drop-down menu (without and easier than using Dreamweaver)

Pulldown menu

I have another short and pretty popular post about how to Create a Drop-down Menu with Dreamweaver. The drop-down menu discussed in that post is different from the pull-down menu mentioned here although most of the times people use the terms “drop-down” and “pull-down” interchangeably. The menu we are talking about here is done by using the <select> and <option> tags and looks like the thumbnail on the left.

MS Office 2010 Menu/Ribbon Reference

Cross-reference between MS Office 2003 and MS Office 2010

MS Office 2010 reference

As a long time MS Office 2003 user – since 2003, switching to MS Office 2010 was not an easy ride because almost all the 2003 menus are changed in the 2010 version. Even the term “menu” was changed to “ribbon” in 2010. The good thing is Microsoft understood the confusion and created a reference between Office 2003 to Office 2010. The reference can be viewed online as an interactive application [with Microsoft Silverlight] or downloaded for offline use as MS Excel spreadsheets. You can find the links to the reference library at the end of this post. However, before going there, there are some tips I want to share first. Hopefully, you’ll find them useful.

Funny Design Idea – Shopping Bags

Funny design ideas

Not sure if the shopping bags below are real or just products of some creative designers with lots of free time on their hands, but the designs are very well executed and pretty funny. Want something to get that creativity juice flowing again, maybe these can help. Thanks a reader for this interesting collection and submission!

Where design ideas meet illusion and… bags …

Give me your hand! (Literally…)

This kind of design layout probably works best because the bag doesn’t have to be hold in certain position to be funny – like some of the other ones below.

MS Excel 2010 Custom Colors

Create custom colors and apply them to charts and everything else
with Excel 2010

Excel 2010 Custom Colors

My company has just switched from Microsoft Office 2003 to MS Office 2010, and to my surprise, almost everything in the main menu of MS Excel was changed in 2010 version. That makes everything seem harder and more importantly makes my other post MS Excel 2003 Custom Colors outdated although it’s still valid and useful for those who are still using MS Excel 2003.

Here’s the update for MS Excel 2010:
Excel 2010 provides a bunch of built-in color palettes, but you can also create a custom palette from scratch and then apply your new color scheme to charts, tables or whatever automatically. The process only take minutes but would save you lots of time later on, and it’s one of the things that possibly makes Excel 2010 more… bearable.

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