Stop Adobe Dreamweaver Hanging or Freezing on Large Files

September 6th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Marks to Software, Web Development.

Whilst recently working on an application in Adobe Dreamweaver that contained lots of very large files, each containing tens of thousands of lines, I kept running into a problem where Dreamweaver would stop, hang, freeze and even sometimes stop responding when I tried to do anything.

This was particularly apparent when typing a bracket or quote so I figured it would be something to do with the formatting Dreamweaver applies to the code to make it more legible.

The Solution

After turning off and disabling everything I could find in the preferences (syntax checking, code coloring, auto indentation, auto close tags) and then turning them all back on one by one, the culprit turned out to be ‘Code Hints’.

By navigating to ‘Edit > Preferences > Code Hinting’, you can either turn this feature off completely or set a delay so that Dreamweaver only shows them after a set number of seconds.

Now my Dreamweaver is flying along and working on huge files is much quicker.

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Comments (8)
  1. God bless you…. i had a deadline and dreamweaver start messing up with me….

  2. William says:

    Thank you for this… a massive difference. Especially with files in excess of 30k lines.

  3. Garth says:

    Hi, Thanks heaps for this tip. It has made a HUGE difference.

    I still get a bit of lag bit heck not an issue compared to the 15 ~ 30 seconds moving between design and code, and delays in switching between files.
    Perhaps you could post this tip on the Dreamweaver Forum as well…


  4. John says:

    I love you, this’ll save me hundreds of minutes.

  5. Pablo says:

    Thanks man this is the final solution for my problem with the Dreamweaver CC frezze

  6. Yusuf Samsudeen says:

    You really saved my day with this tip because am begining to freak out and get frustrated. It comes up whenever am working on a project that has related files in php. damn

  7. Zilvens says:

    Thanks, this helped me, coz my 4k lines file was lagging like hell :)

  8. Roozbeh says:

    Thank you. This worked like a treat :)