Once your page is created (either new or as part of a launch or live copy) you can edit the content to make the updates you require.
Content is added using components (appropriate to the content type) that can be dragged onto the page. These can then be edited in place, moved, or deleted.
If your page and/or template has been appropriately set up, then you can use responsive layout when editing.
When in Edit mode, links in your content are visible, but not accessible. Use Preview mode if you want to navigate using the links in your content.
The page toolbar offers access to the appropriate functionality, dependent on the page configuration.
The toolbar offers access to numerous options. Depending on your current context and configuration, some options may not be available.
Provides access to the Page Information menu including page details and actions that can be taken on the page including viewing and editing page information, viewing page properties, and publishing/unpublishing the page.
Toggles the emulator toolbar, which is used to emulate the look-and-feel of the page on another device. This is automatically toggled in layout mode.
Displays the current mode and allows you to select another mode such as edit, layout, timewarp, or targeting.
If a page is part of a workflow or multiple workflows, this information is shown in a notification bar at the top of the screen when editing the page.
The status bar is only visible to user accounts with appropriate privileges.
The notification lists the workflow that is running against the page. If the user is involved in the current workflow step, options to affect the workflow status and get more information about the workflow are also available such as:
- Complete - Opens the Complete Workitem dialog
- Delegate - Opens the Complete Workitem dialog
- View details - Opens the Details window of the workflow
Completing and delegating workflow steps via the notification bar works as it does when participating in workflows from the Notification inbox.
If the page is subject to multiple workflows, the number of workflows is displayed at the right end of the notification along with arrow buttons to allow you to scroll through the workflows.
The component placeholder is an indicator to show where a component will be positioned when you drop it - above the component you are currently hovering over.
On a mobile device, the component browser will fill the entire screen. Once you start dragging a component, the browser will close to show the page again so you can place the component.
There are two ways to select and add a new component from the paragraph system:
- Select the Insert Component option (+) from either the toolbar of an existing component or the Drag components here box.
- If you are on a desktop device you can double-click on the Drag components here box.
The Insert New Component dialog will open to allow you to select your required component:
You can also add a new component to the page by dragging an asset from the assets browser. This will automatically create a new component of the appropriate type (and containing the asset).
This is valid for the following asset types (some will be dependent on page/paragraph system):
|Asset Type||Resultant Component Type|
|Content Fragment||Content Fragment
This behavior can be configured for your installation. See Configuring a Paragraph System so that Dragging an Asset Creates a Component Instance for further details.
Drag the required asset to the required position. The component placeholder shows you where the component will be positioned.
A component, appropriate for the asset type, will be created at the required location - it will contain the selected asset.
On a mobile device, the asset browser will fill the entire screen. Once you start dragging an asset, the browser will close to show the page again so you can place the asset.
If when browsing the assets you find that you need to make a quick change to an asset, you can start the asset editor directly from the browser by clicking the edit icon next to the asset's name.
Selecting a component will open the toolbar. This provides access to various actions that can be performed on the component (actions will be shown as appropriate):
Dependent on the component type this will allow you to edit and configure the properties of the component. Often a dialog will be opened.
This will paste the component from the clipboard to the page. Whether the original remains, depends on whether you used copy or cut.
- You can paste to the same page or to a different page.
- The pasted item will be pasted above the item where you select the paste action.
- The Pate action will only be shown if there is content on the clipboard.
You can open a component to edit the content using the Edit (pencil) icon of the component toolbar.
The exact edit options will depend on the component. For some components all actions will only be available in full screen mode. For example:
Editing does not work on an empty image component.
You must drag or upload an image (using Configure) before you can start to edit it.
Entering full screen mode for the image component allows for more space to edit the image as well as showing extra editing options such as Launch Map and Reset Zoom. In addition, full screen allows for crop presets to be selected.
For specific component types you can drag and drop assets from the asset browser directly into the component to update the content:
|Asset Type||Component Type|
|Content Fragment||Content Fragment|
For some components, the full screen mode will have more options available than the basic in-place editior.
You can also use Cut and Paste to move a component.
Instead of repeatedly switching from edit to layout mode to adjust a component, you can select the Layout action for a component to change that component's layout and save time by not having to leave the edit mode.
Once the Layout action is selected:
- The resizing handles for the component display.
- The emulator toolbar is shown at the top of the screen.
- Layout actions instead of the standard edit actions show on the component toolbar.
You can now modify the layout of the component as you would in layout mode.
The Layout action is limited in scope to the selected component. For example, if you are editing the layout of one component and then click on another component, the standard edit toolbar (not the layout toolbar) displays for the newly selected component and the reszing handles as well as the the emulator toolbar disappear.
If you need to edit the overall layout of the page, affecting multiple components, switch to the layout mode.
You can cancel (then re-enable) the inheritance. Depending on the component, this can be available from:
The Live Copy Status page mode allows you a quick overview of the live copy status and which components are/are not inherited:
- Green border: Inherited
- Pink border: Inheritance has been cancelled
Annotations allow reviewers and other authors to provide feedback on your content. They are often used for review and validation purposes.
- Links in the content are visible, but not accessible in Edit mode.
- Use either of the preview options if you want to navigate using your links.
- Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-M to switch between preview and the last selected mode.
The WCM Mode cookie is set for both options.
When editing content you can preview the page using the preview mode. This mode:
- Hides various edit mechanisms to give you a quick view of how the page will appear on publish.
- Allows you to use links to navigate.
- Does not refresh the page content.
When authoring, the preview mode is available using the icon at the top right of the page editor:
The View as Published option is available from the Page Information menu. This opens the page in a new tab, refreshes the content and shows the page exactly as it will appear in the publish environment.
AEM allows you to lock a page, so that no one else can modify the contents. This is useful when you are making a lot of edits to one specific page or when you need to freeze a page for a short while.
Locking a page should be used with care as the only person who can unlock a page is the person who locked it (or an account with administrator privileges).
Once locked the console view information is updated and when editing a lock symbol is shown in the toolbar.
Unlocking a page is very similar to locking the page. Once the page is locked the lock options are replaced by unlock actions.
The Page Information menu lists Unlock as an option and the Lock icon in the sites console is replaced by an Unlock icon.
The following icons allow you to undo or redo an action. These are shown in the toolbar when appropriate:
The keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Z is also availalbe to undo page edit actions.
The keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Y is also availalbe to redo page edit actions.
See Undoing and Redoing Page Edits - The Theory for the full details of what is possible when undoing and redoing page edits.
Your system administrator can configure various aspects of the Undo/Redo features according to the requirements for your instance.
AEM stores a history of actions that you perform and the sequence in which you performed them so that you can undo multiple actions in the order that you performed them as well as redo them to re-apply one or more of the actions if necessary.
If an element on the content page is selected (such as a text component), then the undo and redo command applies to the selected item.
The behavior of the undo and redo commands is similar to that in other software programs. Use the commands to restore the recent state of your web page as you make decisions about content. For example, if you move a text paragraph to a different location on the page, you can use the undo command to move the paragraph back. If you then decide that the previous position was better, use the redo command to "undo the undo".
- Redo actions as long as you have not made a page edit since you used undo.
- Undo a maximum of 20 edit actions (default setting).
- Also use Keyboard shortcuts for undo and redo.
You can use undo and redo for the following types of page changes:
- Adding, editing, removing, and moving paragraphs
- In-place editing of paragraph content
- Copying, cutting, and pasting items within a page
Form fields that form components render are not meant to have values specified while authoring pages. Therefore, the undo and redo commands do not affect changes that you make to the values of those types of components. For example, you cannot undo the selecting of a value in a drop-down list.
Special permissions are required to undo and redo changes to files and images.
The history of changes to files and images lasts for a minimum of ten hours. Beyond this time however, the undo of the changes is not guaranteed. Your administrator can change the default time of ten hours.