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How to Access

To add a new Field Group for articles, users or contacts, navigate to the backend of the site and perform one of these actions:

Article Field Groups

  • Click the Article Manager icon in the Control Panel and click the Field Groups link.
  • Select Content → Articles from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel and click the Field Groups link.
  • Click the Field Groups link while viewing the Category Manager or Featured Articles in the left, upper sidebar.

Users Field Groups

Contacts Field Groups

  • Select Components → Contacts from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel and click the Field Groups link.
  • Click the Field Groups link while viewing the Contact Categories or in the left, upper sidebar.

Description

This is the back-end screen where you can add and edit Field Groups.

Screenshot

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Column Headers

In the table containing Fields, these are the different columns shown below. [[Image:Help-4x-Article-Manager-columns-field-Groups-en.png|800px|Article Fields Columns Header]

  • Ordering: Up-Down ArrowsHelp30-Ordering-colheader-icon.png User specified ordering, default is order of item creation. When active, drag and drop ordering by 'click and hold' on the bars icon Help30-Ordering-colheader-grab-bar-icon.png then 'release' in desired position.
  • Checkbox: Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
  • Status. (Published/Unpublished/Trashed) The published status of the item.
  • Title. The name of the item. For a Menu Item, the Title will display in the Menu. For an Article or Category, the Title may optionally be displayed on the web page. This entry is required. You can open the item for editing by clicking on the Title.
  • Language. Item language.
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla!. It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.

Column Filters

Above the column headers on the right, there are 2 drop down input fields, Sort Table by: (preset to Ordering ascending) and a number (preset to 20) to display.

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These column sorting input fields shows the current method of sorting applied to the table. Use the drop down field choices and click the column heading name. Alternatively, click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value. This will also change the value in the drop field to correspond with the column header name. The list will then be sorted in order by that column and a sort icon(up or down arrow) will show next to the column name. Click a second time to reverse the sort, which will change the corresponding drop field.

  • Ordering: (default). The column in which to sort displayed items in the table. The values are the same as the column heading names.
  • Ascending (default). Shows ordering of selected column, ascending or descending.
  • # (default is 20). Shows the number of items to display on one page, default is 20 items. If there are more items than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons located at the bottom of the table. (Start, Prev, Next, End, and page numbers) to navigate between pages.

Batch Process

The Batch Process allows a change in settings for a group of selected items marked with a check-mark in the corresponding check-mark boxes. To use: select one or more items form the table of items being viewed and click on the 'Batch' Toolbar button. This will open a pop up window as shown below.

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You can change one value or all four values at one time.

Note - if you copy items to a new group, changes you have selected from access level and language will be applied to the copies, not the original.

How to Batch Process a group of items:

  1. Select one or more items on the list by checking the desired group check boxes.
  2. Click the 'Batch' Toolbar button.
  3. Set one or more of the following values:
    • To change the Access Levels, select the desired new access level from the Set Access Level list box.
    • To change the Language, select the desired language from the Set Language list box.# When all of the settings are entered, click on Process to perform the changes. A message "Batch process completed successfully." will show.

Note that nothing will happen if you (a) don't have any items selected or (b) have not selected an access level, language, or group.

If you wish to clear your entered selections, click on the Cancel button. This will return all of the Batch controls to their default values. Note that this does not uncheck the check boxes for the items.

Toolbar

At the top of the page you will see the toolbar shown in the Screenshot above. The functions are:

  • New. Opens the editing screen to create a new category.
  • Actions: Reveals a list of actions for selected Items. Check one or more Item checkboxes to activate the list.
  • Publish. Makes the selected category available to visitors to your website.
  • Unpublish. Makes the selected category unavailable to visitors to your website.
  • Archive. Changes the status of the selected category to indicate that they are archived. Archived category can be moved back to the published or unpublished state by selecting "Archived" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the category to Published or Unpublished as preferred.
  • Check-In. Checks-in the selected category. Works with one or multiple category selected.
  • Batch. Batch processes the selected category. Works with one or multiple items selected.
  • Trash. Changes the status of the selected category to indicate that they are trashed. Trashed category can still be recovered by selecting "Trashed" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the category to Published or Unpublished as preferred. To permanently delete trashed category, select "Trashed" in the Select Status filter, select the category to be permanently deleted, then click the Empty Trash toolbar icon.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.


List Filters

The List Filters and other filters as detailed below are above the colmun header. These filters are a series of controls that let you limit what items show in the manager screen. More than one filter may be entered. In this case, only items that meet all of the filter conditions will show on the list.


Search bar. This is a common feature of most Lists. The layout is as shown below.

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  • Search by Text. Enter part of the search term and click the Search icon. The search may be of one or more fields. Hover to see a Tooltip indicating which fields will be searched. In some cases a different format is required. For Example, to Search by ID enter "id:xx", where "xx" is the item ID number (for example, "id:9").
  • Filter Options. Click to display or hide the additional filters.
  • Clear. Click to clear the Filter field and restore the list to its unfiltered state.
  • Ordering. Shows the current table ordering field. Select from the drop down list to change the order or click a column heading. Ordering may be in ascending or descending order. The column heading toggles between ascending and descending order.
  • Number to Display. Shows the number of items in a list. The default for a site is 20 but this may be changed in the global configuration. Select from the drop-down list to change the number displayed. If you select too many complex items they will be slow to deliver and display.

Filter by Published Status. Lets you show only items with the selected published status.

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  • - Select Status -: Shows items that are Published and Unpublished. Does not show items that are Trashed or Archived.
  • Trashed: Shows only items that are Trashed. Important Note: To permanently delete items:
    1. Change the status of the items to Trashed.
    2. Change the Status filter to Trashed. At this point the trashed items will show and an icon called "Empty trash" will show in the toolbar.
    3. Select the desired trashed items and click on "Empty Trash" in the toolbar. The items will be permanently deleted.
  • Unpublished: Shows only items that are Unpublished.
  • Published: Shows only items that are Published.
  • Archived: Shows only items that are Archived.
  • All: Shows all items regardless of published status.

Filter by Viewing Access Level. Lets you show only items that have a specified viewing access level. The list box will show the access levels defined for your site, similar to the example below.

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  • - Select Access -: Show items with any viewing access level.
  • <access level group>: Show items only with this viewing access level.

Filter by Language. Lets you show only items that have a specific language assigned. The list box will show the languages defined for your site, similar to the example below.

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  • - Select Language - or All: Show items for any language.
  • <your language>: Show items only for this language.

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