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The function of the Module Manager is to control the installed or custom site and administrator modules.

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Version Changes

In Joomla! 1.5 the Module Manager was moved to the Extensions menu and got a tabbed interface for displaying the site and administrator modules. The below changes are related to both clients:

  • The Publish toolbar button was renamed to Enable.
  • The Unpublish toolbar button was renamed to Disable.
  • Go and Reset buttons were added to the Filter field.
  • Select Template drop down list was added.
  • Select State drop down list was added.
  • The Published column was renamed to Enabled.
  • Reorder and Order columns merged into one Order column.
  • The Access column is renamed to Access Level.
  • The ID and Type columns were swapped.
  • A column can be sorted ascending/descending by clicking the column header.
  • You can create another instance of a module using the New toolbar button.

Column Headers


Typical Usage

You can open the Module Manager by clicking the Extensions -> Module Manager menu item.

One module can be enabled/disabled by clicking the icon in the Enabled column. The enabled modules are marked with a green tick while the disabled ones are marked with a red X. When you want to enable/disable several modules, select their checkboxes and click the appropriate toolbar button.

When you want to create a copy of one or more modules select the checkbox(es) and click the Copy toolbar button. An information message will be displayed and you will find the module(s) with the name(s) "Copy of ..." inserted into the module name(s). The copies will have a disabled status.

When you want to delete one or more unnecessary modules select the checkbox(es) and click the Delete toolbar button. An information message will be displayed and the module(s) will be removed from the list.

You can create another instance of an installed or custom module using the New toolbar button. When you click it, the Module: [New] screen will be loaded. Select the desired module and click the Next toolbar button or simply click the module type.

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You can enter the title, customize the details and the parameters and assign it to a menu in the loaded Module: [Edit] screen.

The four drop down lists make you easier to narrow the list of your choice, or you can enter a string in the Filter field and click the Go button to find the matching modules in the list.

The items can be moved up/down by clicking the arrows in the list, or they can be renumbered by entering a value in the field next to the arrow. In this case the order should be saved by clicking the floppy icon.

The access for a module can be changed simply by clicking the Public/Registered/Special value in the Access Level column.

Quick Tips

Modules Sort

The modules are sorted by the Position column by default but you can sort them by any column, just click the column header.

Position of a New Module

A newly installed module is disabled by default and is the last one in the left module position. This way you can easily find it and move it to the desired place.

Support Old Modules in Legacy Mode

Some old 1.0.x modules support Joomla! 1.5 in Legacy Mode. To be able to install such extensions please open the Plugin Manager screen from the Extensions menu and enable plugin System - Legacy as it is disabled by the default.

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You can view the installed modules list on the Modules tab of the Extension Manager by clicking the Extensions -> Install/Uninstall menu item. You can remove them in this screen as well.