So I recently started using a Mac at work and with the Adobe Creative Suite 5 just released I was pretty excited. The new additions to CS5 are great and I can see that working with WordPress will be a lot more streamlined. Anyways, I ran into a frustrating issue that a lot of other Mac/Dreamweaver CS5 users are encountering where launching the program results in a disabled dreamweaver.

Disabled Dreamweaver

When you are experiencing this problem you will see that Dreamweaver launches but your menu is limited to only a few options:

Here’s how I fixed the problem:

  1. First quit Dreamweaver CS5 if you have in launched (or kinda launched)
  2. Open Finder and navigation to: Macintosh hd/users//library/application support/adobe/dreamweaver cs5/en-US/
  3. Here you will find the folder “configuration” … Rename this folder to ‘configurationOld’ and restart Dreamweaver

What this will do is force Dreamweaver to create that configuration folder again. Please note: this may not fix it for you and this solution has not even been mentioned by Adobe. Hope this helps you out!

Here’s the link to the ‘official’ adobe KB article on their solution to fix Dreamweaver CS5’s launching problem: Nothing happens when launching Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on a Mac

Here’s a useful thread at the Adobe Support Forums about this dreamweaver problem and possible solutions.

Devin Walker is a San Diego-based WordPress Developer and enthusiast. He is the author of several popular and highly-rated WordPress themes and plugins. In his free time he enjoys playing Golf and traveling.

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34 Responses to “Nothing happens when launching Dreamweaver CS5 on Mac”

  1. Sippy

    Tip of the cap to you Senor Walker, you are an angels angel.

  2. Browning

    Thanks! That did the trick.

  3. dotcom_tim

    This didn’t work for me using a network AFP home directory running 10.6.4 and CS5 Premium Suite Dreamweaver CS5. In fact, the files only get created down to ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver CS5/en-US/

  4. Oswaldo

    UUFFFFF!!! Thanks Devin! It works for me. Everything got back to normal.

  5. jo

    thanks! worked for me 😛

  6. Nadopia

    Thanks… after 2 days of frustration you saved me!

  7. Dzagro

    finaly after several attemps to solve this probleme, Adobe juste did it for us
    here is a link to adobe update that solve this bug

  8. subdude

    Dude.. you are as awesome as Barney from “How I Met You Mother” series!!!! Thanks!

  9. Yavuz

    thanks dude.. it worked for me.. i am trying to fix for two weeks and thats the final solution …

  10. emilia

    thanks so much! lifesaver!!

  11. xs

    i love you…

  12. Katja

    THANX for this post about lauching DWW! You made my day!

  13. Costa

    Thanks ! It helped me !

  14. CarlosRosales

    Hey dude, IT WORKS!!!!

    thank you so so so much man!!!!!

  15. Lame

    Thanks, it worked for me! Its up and running perfectly!

  16. Lindsay

    WOW, thank you so much!! I was really scared when I saw that my Dreamweaver – which I use daily – might be blown! This fixed it perfectly. Forever thanks!  

  17. C Grady

    Thank you so much! It worked!! This problem had me baffled. I’m sure glad it was an easy fix.

  18. Othercoconut

    Devin Walker for president

  19. DJ Frostbyte

    Seriously… thank you do much for this easy fix!!!

  20. Jmitchell

    I can’t thank you enough. I was pulling out my hair. What an easy fix. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  21. Hgjg

    This worked!

  22. FLC

    So simple solution 🙂 Thank you very much

  23. Me

    It works!
    Thanks a lot mate!!

  24. Matthewj

    THANK YOU. THIS WORKED!!!!!! You just saved me HOURS and HOURS of frustration. A simple folder name change. JEEZ.

  25. Yosempai

    Thank you so fucking much. You are a god amongst men. 

  26. Your Servant

    OMFG if i was gay i would suck your D*&%$. Thank you so much you are my hero

  27. Juan Mauricio rendon velez

    thanks bro.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Susan

    worked like a charm – thank you!!!

  29. dukemeiser

    Worked!  Thank you!

  30. dustin

    Woked, thanks

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