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Contextual Menu


Contextual Menu

When you left click on a content or page icon directly to the left of the pagetitle or the content header, you'll get a contextual menu.  Most of the options in this menu are reachable from other places a few are only available here.


  1. Show - preview this page and this element in the browser
  2. Edit - edit this element in the appropriate editor for the content type.
  3. New - takes you straight to the default new Regular text element
  4. Info - will give you the View Item dialog box.  
  5. Copy - copy this content element into memory
  6. Cut - Place this content element into memory
  7. Versioning - go to the display versions for this page.
  8. Send to review/pub - send this page to review or publish
  9. More options - more menu options, see image directly below
  10. Hide - hide this content element
  11. Visibility settings - all the visibility settings for this element
  12. Edit page properties - Edit the current page's properties
  13. Delete - delete this content element
  14. History/Undo - see the history of the element and roll it back to a prior date.

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  1. Move page - move page to new location
  2. 'Create New' Wizard - create a new page usint the wizard
  3. Access - where you can change permissions, only site owners have this
  4. Web>List module - takes you to the List module
  5. Mount as treeroot - You can make your pagetree much shorter by mounting as treeroot. 
  6. Export to .t3d - export all the data for this page to import to another Typo3 installation - very very advanced 
  7. Import from .t3d - import data from another Typo3 installation - very very advanced

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"Show" simply pulls the page containing this content element into the same web browser that you have the Typo3 interface open.  The preview will have pencils that allow you to edit the content on that page.  However you cannot add any new content or do any other actions on the element or page from the preview.  

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When you choose to edit from the preview, you do not go into the Typo3 application.  Rather you will just get the editor in the browser but no page tree or module menus. It will also not show any other property tabs for that content element (these vary with element type).

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Edit will take you to the page properties for that page type.



This will create a new page directly under the page who's icon you clicked to get the contextual menu.  Unlike the "New" in the content contextual menu which always defaults to a new "Regular text element", the new in the page contextual menu will create a new page of the same type as the page you clicked.  So if the page you clicked to get the contextual menu is a "Link to external URL" the new page will be as well.  You can always change this in the "Type" select of the new page.  More is located in creating new pages.

Page Information

  1. Page type - Standard, Shortcut, Mountpoint, Link to External URL, Sysfolder, Recycler, Visual menu separator
  2. Pagetitle - what you named the page
  3. Alias - we seldom use this, but it can be used instead of the unique ID that Typo3 give it.  It must be unique from any other page in your site.
  4. Hide Page
  5. Start - if you do not want the page to show until a certain date
  6. Stop - if you want the page to disappear on a certain date
  7. Access - if the page is a login page we may use this to limit the user to a certain group
  8. URL - if this is a Link to External URL, this is the URL
  9. Target - if you want the page to open in a new browser window, you would put "_blank" in this field
  10. Shortcut to page - the ID of that page (defaults to 0 if it isn't a shortcut page)
  11. Keywords (,) - if you have filled in the metadata, this would be the keywords for the Keyword metatag
  12. Description - if you have filled in the metadata, this would be the keywords for the Description metatag
  13. Abstract - if you have filled in the metadata, this would be the keywords for the Abstract
  14. 'New' until - this is only used as a reference added by the editor to know when the content on that page is no longer "new"
  15. Last updated - again this is a reference that the editor adds to know when the page was last updated.  
  16. Path - the path to this page
  17. Table - the table the page's information is stored in and more important it's unique ID
  18. References to this item -  is this page linked to, or is the content displayed on another page
  19. References from this item -is this page used as a reference by something (like an email)

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If you have your clipboard open you'll notice that the cut element is shown in the "Normal" section of the clipboard with "(Cut)" after the title or [no title] if it has no title.


The Creighton Typo3 trainers do an excellent job of covering this in the Typo3 class.  You can find it in the handout from that class on page 21.  If you cannot find your copy you may download one from here (pdf, doc).  The class is also available in Bluetrain.

If you have your clipboard open you'll notice that the copied element is shown in the "Normal" section of the clipboard with "(Copy)" after the title or [no title] if it has no title.

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Send to review/pub

This will send the page to review if it already is not.  If it is in review, it will publish it.  In both cases the user ends up (where exactly?)

Move pages

To get to the move, bring up the contextual menu, pull down to more options and you will get a sub-contextual menu.  Choose "Move Element".

In the Move Element workspace, you'll see a list of pages.  The current page is in bold.  

You can also, if you wish, change from moving the element to copying the element by checking "Make copy instead of moving element".


The workarea will show your parent page, the subpages of that parent page and one level below it. 

However you can move up in the pagetree by clicking the "up" arrow next to the parent tree's pagetitle or you can move down another level by clicking the pagetitle of the page who's subpages you wish to display.

Once you are on the level where you wish to move/copy the page, click the small gray arrow to place it.  The arrow will turn green when you mouse over it (it really will, it's hard to see but trust me).

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New page wizard

When you are using the wizard to place a new page you will get a list of all the pages that in the same level and section of the page tree as the page you are currently on. You will also get all the subpages to the current page.


When you mouse over an "Insert the new page here" arrow it will turn green (really it does, hard to see but it really does!).

One limitation of the wizard is that you cannot move to a higher or lower level of pages, you can only add the new page at the same level as your current page or as a subpage of it.  However when moving a page (using the "move page" icon in the list module or the move page using the page contextual menu) you can move all though the pagetree.

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  1. Pagetitle
  2. Edit permissions for this page
  3. Owner and owners permissions
  4. Group and group permissions
  5. Everybody permissions
  6. Administrative lock (as I mentioned above this feature does not appear to be working).

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More Options - Web>List module

This will take you to the list module for this page.

Mount as treeroot

We have a number of people who edit or are site owners of either large sites or several small sites.  Usually you are only working in one area at a time and not jumping around.  And if you have to save your page, it's very annoying to have Typo3 refresh the pagetree, and you loose where you were in the structure. 

It's happened to us all I suspect. 

But Typo3 provides a way to assist us with this!

To explain I'll use this site as an example.  I'm currently working on Workspaces and Versioning.  If I have (as I do for this example) several areas expanded, that pushes Workspaces down the pagetree.  And on a page save, I'd have to scroll down to find where I was.  


 I don't want to have to scroll down each time to get back to "Workspaces".  So I left click on the page icon next to "Workspaces".  I pull down to "More Options..." and choose "Mount as treeroot".  

This will remove all other pages than this page and it's subpages from your pagetree.  It will keep this even if you log out and log back on.  You can cancel it and go back to your full pagetree at any time by clicking"Cancel temporary DB mount" at the top of the pagetree.

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More Options - Export to .t3d

This is a very advanced option.  Basically it exports all the data needed to recreate this page in another Typo3 installation, but it's not automatic, you have to choose all tables/data and options.  If you ever feel you need this, contact the webteam.

More Options - Import to .t3d

This is a very advanced option.  Basically it imports all the data needed to recreate a page in this Typo3 installation.  If you ever feel you need this, contact the webteam.


Hide this page

Visibility Settings

This gives you access to all the visibility settings for this page (image is for content but it's the same for page).

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  1. Hide the page
  2. Start (show) page on this date.  It will appear at midnight of that date.
  3. Stop (hide) page on this date.  It will hide at midnight of that date.
  4. Access - This is used for pages that have logins.  Once logged in the visibility can be limited to a certain group.

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Edit Page Properties

This will take you to the properties for the current page. 

Properties for each page type can be found on the corresponding page for each type:


Delete this page


The History/Undo icon is located in several places but has basically the same function for all.  Instructions for using History/Undo is located with the List Module/Action Icons/Display change History.

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