Adding and Deleting Content
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.
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
Images: displays search results for images.
Documents: displays search results for documents.
Flash: contact firstname.lastname@example.org to use Flash files. Do not upload Flash files to DAM.
Pages: displays the search results for pages.
Paragraphs: displays paragraphs from other pages as a global reference.
Full Repository View: shows all the resources in the Digital Asset Manager.
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
Components: displays the components available to use.
Page: Manage page properties such as title, left nav text, breadcrumb trail text etc.
Information: This functionality is used only by BC CQ administrators.
Set up a workflow for the page.
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.
Edit: Switch to Edit mode.
Design: Not applicable
Preview: Switch to Preview Mode
Live Copy: Not Applicable
Site Admin: Use this button to navigate back to the Site Admin window.
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.
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.
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.
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.