Components Content Categories Edit

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How to Access

To edit a Category, Content  Category Manager. Click on a Category title to edit or select a checkbox next to Category title, then click the Edit icon in the toolbar. To start a new Category, Content  Category Manager  Add New Category or from the Category Manager click the New icon in the toolbar.


This is where you can add a new Category or Subcategory or edit an existing Category or Subcategory. Categories are used to organize Articles and every Article is required to have a Category or Subcategory. Categories and Subcategories allow you to display related Articles together on a page and to filter Articles in the Article Manager. All Articles must be assigned either to a created Category or a Subcategory or to the special Category called 'Uncategorized'.




Category Details

  • Title. The Title for this item. This may or may not display on the page, depending on the parameter values you choose.
  • Alias. The internal name of the item, also used in the URL when SEF is activated. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla! will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters and hyphens (-). No blank spaces or underscores are allowed. Non-Latin characters can be allowed in the alias if you set the Unicode Aliases option to Yes in Global Configuration. If this option is set to No and the title includes non-Latin characters, the Alias will default to the current date and time (for example "2012-12-31-17-54-38").
  • Description. The description for the item. Category, Subcategory and Web Link descriptions may be shown on web pages, depending on the parameter settings. These descriptions are entered using the same editor that is used for Articles.
  • Article. Click to quickly add an 'Article' link to the description with a popup window.
  • Image. Click to quickly add an 'Image' to the description with a popup window.


Toggle Editor. If you are using the TinyMCE editor, a Toggle Editor button will show just below the edit window. This button allows you to toggle between the TinyMCE editor and No Editor.

Details (sidebar)

  • Parent. The item (category, menu item, and so on) that is the parent of the item being edited.
  • Status. (Published/Unpublished/Archived/Trashed) The published status of the item.
  • Access Level. Who has access to this item. Default options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access
    • Guest: Everyone has access
    • Registered: Only registered users have access
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access
    • Super Users: Only super users have access

Enter the desired level using the drop-down list box. Custom Access Control Levels created will show if they exist.

  • Language. Item language.
  • Tags. Enter one or more optional tags for this item. You can select existing tags by entering in the first few letters. You may also create new tags by entering them here. Tags allow you to see lists of related items across content types (for example, articles, contacts, and categories).
  • Note. Item note. This is normally for the site administrator's use (for example, to document information about this item) and does not show in the front end of the site.
  • Version Note. Optional field to identify this version of the item in the item's Version History window.


This shows Options for this Category, as shown below when tab is clicked:


  • Layout. Use a different layout from the supplied components view or overrides in the templates.
  • Image. Choose an image to be displayed with this item/category in the front-end.
  • Alt Text. Alternative text used for visitors without access to images.

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At the top you will see the toolbar: Articles: New Category:

800px The functions are:

  • Save: Saves the category and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the category and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the category and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another category.

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  • Save: Saves the category and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the category and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the category and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another category.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current category. Does not affect the current category. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new category.
  • Versions: Opens the Item Version History window to show any prior versions of this item. This allows you to view older versions of this item and, if desired, restore from an older version. See Version History for more information.

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TinyMCE editor


No editor

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