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This is a 'hands-on' tutorial which introduces you to the editor and shows how an Article can be modified. Top tip - don't try to be too ambitious to start with unless you have a lot of experience with this kind of editing.
An Article is the main way that content is displayed on a Joomla! site. A collection of Articles are the building blocks of a Web site on any subject.
You also need:-
There is a pencil icon by the title for the entries that you can edit
This will open the editing screen. In some editors, this is called "Submit an Article"
If you are using the 'localhost' example, the editor is a very simple one. Most sites install a better editor - such as JCE - so what you actually see will vary. So too will the range of editing that you can do.
All editors have small icons for the various functions needed. They are less sophisticated than a word processor but the principles are the same.
Underneath the Editor window there is a section called Publishing. This has details about where the Article is located and who can read it. There is more about this part elsewhere.
The icons along the top of the editing window enable you to format text and do other things. The standard keyboard short-cuts also work - (for example Ctrl-b makes highlighted text bold).
Different editors have different choices.
Most editing is done using one of the icons, so it is worth exploring them:-
If you are using the sample data in 'localhost' on your own machine - you can make alterations and save them. (You could keep the original text by copying it and pasting it to a text file).
Note that part of the screen displays the content of the article and with a box containing the title. The text in both can be altered.
When you have done some editing, click on one of these. The Cancel button reverts to the previous information.
It is good practice to save frequently incase something goes wrong.
Alter the title. Make sure it is meaningful as it will appear in some menu lists and if the page is printed.
For example - alter the title to 'The Joomla! team are all volunteers'
This is a simple document with only one paragraph.
Put the cursor after a full-stop somewhere and press Ctrl+Return.
Sometimes the layout on the screen looks a bit different from that in the editor - the editor is not a word processor.
These are much used in presenting content intended to be read on the screen. They are a useful way of emphasising things and of breaking the screen into manageable sections.
Using the document that you are editing:-
To have a numbered list:-
You can remove this formatting by clicking again on the icon
You can highlight parts of the text and add text much as you would in any editor/ email screen.
Editors also have underlines and strike through icons.
If you are using one of the other editors, you will also be able to alter the colour of the text of words, as well as the background colours.
Headings are very useful in making text easier to read on the screen. Even the simple editor has a facility for a few levels of heading. The display on the screen may look different from the display on the page, so it is worth trying a few headings in order to choose the right one.
A plain paragraph is also selected in this way.
This uses 'copy and Paste' to copy text (and images) somewhere else but keeps the original in the same place.. The facililty to 'cut and paste' which moves something from one place to another. Most people who have used a keyboard have done this - but it is worth a go here to assure yourselves that it can be done.
This has introduced editing facilities and demonstrated that you can layout an Article to have a good appearance using headings, bullet points and different formatting using the icons at the top of the editing screen.
--Lorna Scammell December 2010