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Adding and Deleting Content

Edit Mode

The Edit Mode interface (below) is where you work on your page, adding, moving and  deleting content, activating your pages and much more. There are two main editing interfaces, the Content Finder and the Sidekick.

Screen shot of Editing interface of Adobe CQ

Content Finder

The Content Finder is located on the left side of the AEM interface and holds the content you can drag and drop onto your page. There are six icons at the top of the Content Finder; you’ll be using the two left-most icons, Image and Documents, most often. There is also an option to view files as thumbnails or in more detail.


displays search results for images

screen shot of image icon in Content Finder toolbar

Images: displays search results for images.

Screen shot of Documents icon in Content Finder toolbar

Documents: displays search results for documents.

Screen shot of Flash icon in Content Finder toolbar

Flash: contact to use Flash files. Do not upload Flash files to DAM.

Screen shot of Pages icon in Content Editor toolbar

Pages: displays the search results for pages.

Screen shot of Paragraph icon from Content Finder toolbar

Paragraphs: displays paragraphs from other pages as a global reference.

Screen shot of Full Repository icon in Content Finder toolbar

Full Repository View:  shows all the resources in the Digital Asset Manager.

Screen shot of Content Finder in CQ


The Sidekick window floats on top of the page and contains components, page properties, versioning and other editing functions. You can also select the view/mode on the toolbar at the bottom.

Icons at the top of the Sidekick

Screen shot of Component icon from Sidekick top toolbar

Components: displays the components available to use.

Screen shot of Page icon from top toolbard of Sidekick

Page: Manage page properties such as title, left nav text, breadcrumb trail text etc.

Screen shot of Information icon located at in toolbar at top of Sidekick

Information: This functionality is used only by BC CQ administrators.

Screen shot of Workflow icon located in top tool bar of Sidekick

Set up a workflow for the page.

Screen shot of Sidekick in CQ

Icons at the bottom of the Sidekick

The row of icons at the bottom of the Sidekick are used to switch modes for working with the pages.

screen shot of Edit icon (pencil) in toolbar at bottom of Sidekick

Edit: Switch to Edit mode.

Screen shot of Design icon (ruler) in bottom tool bar of Sidekcik

Design: Not applicable

Screen shot of Preview icon (magnifying glass) in bottom toolbar of Sidekick

Preview: Switch to Preview Mode

screen shot of Live Copy located in bottom toolbar of Sidekick

Live Copy: Not Applicable

screen shot of toolbar at bottom of Sidekick



Screen shot of Site Admin icon (Globe) located in bottom toolbar of Sidekick

Site Admin: Use this button to navigate back to the Site Admin window.

screen shot of Refresh icon (double blue arrows)

Refresh: Click to refresh the page

Adding Content: Drag and Drop Using the Sidekick and Content Finder

After you open the page, you can start to add content. You do this by adding components.  Think of the components as "containers" for your content. For example, by adding the BC Text component, you can add text to that portion of your page and control  formatting and add links.

To insert a new component:

  • Double-click the area labeled "Drag components or assets here" or drag a component from the Sidekick to that area. This area appears wherever new content can be added.

Screen shot of drop area in CQ Editing interface

As you drag your component to the target area, it will turn into a blue dotted line with a green check mark to signify that you are able to insert a component there. Drop the component on the appropriate target area.


screen shot of action of dragging a component into a CQ drop area

To edit the component, double click it and an editing interface will pop up. For example, with the BC Text component, the text editor will appear. With the BC Image component, instructions on uploading an image from your desktop will appear.

Screen shot of drop area with green outline in CQ Editing area

Deleting Components

To delete a component, right mouse click on the component; a menu will appear allowing you to chose "Delete" from a list. You will then be prompted to confirm the "Delete" operation.

You can also click on and select the component so that an orange border appears. Then press the Delete key on your keyboard. You will then be prompted to confirm the "Delete" operation.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a known issue in CQ so that when Mac users try to delete a component using the Delete key, they get kicked out of the Edit mode and back to the Site Admin window. Mac users should only use the first method of deleting a component.

For more information on using components, see the Components section of the documentation.