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Basic Handling

  • This page is designed to give an overview of basic handling when using the AEM author environment. It uses the Sites console as a basis.
  • Some functionality is not available in all consoles and/or additional functionality is available in some consoles. Specific information about the individual consoles and their related functionality will be covered in more detail on other pages.
  • Keyboard shortcuts are available throughout AEM. In particular when using consoles and editing pages .

The Welcome Screen

The classic UI provides a selection of consoles, using well-known mechanisms for navigating and initiating actions, including click, double-click and context menus .
Upon login the Welcome screen will be shown, this provides a list of links to consoles and services:

Consoles

The main consoles are:
Console Purpose
Welcome Provides an overview and direct access (via links) to the main functionality of AEM.
Digital Assets These consoles let you import and manage digital assets such as images, videos, documents and audio files. These assets can then be used by any website running on the same AEM instance.
Launches This helps you manage your launches ; these enable you to develop the content for a future release of one or more activated web pages. Note: In the touch-enabled UI much of the same functionality is available in the Sites console, together with the References rail. If required, this console is available from the Tools console; select Operations, then Launches.
Inbox In many cases a number of people are involved in the sub-tasks of a workflow and each person must complete their step before handing off the work to the next person. The Inbox allows you to see notifications related to such tasks. See Working with Workflows .
Tagging The Tagging consoles let you administer tags. Tags are short names or phrases that you can use to classify and annotate pieces of content making it easier to find and organize them. For further information see Using and Managing Tags .
Tools The Tools consoles provide access to a number of specialized tools and consoles that help you administer your websites, digital assets and other aspects of your content repository.
Users These consoles let you manage access rights for users and groups. For full details see User Administration and Security .
Websites The Sites/Websites consoles let you create, view and manage websites running on your AEM instance. Through these consoles you can create, copy, move and delete website pages, start workflows, and activate (publish) pages. You can also open a page for editing.
Workflows A workflow is a defined series of steps that describes the process of completing some task. In many cases a number of people are involved in a task and each person must complete their step before handing off the work to the next person. The Workflow console lets you build workflow models and managing running workflow instances. See Working with Workflows .
The Websites console provides two panes for you to navigate and manage your pages:
  • Left pane
    This shows the tree structure of your websites and the pages within those websites.
    It also shows information about other aspects or AEM, including projects, blueprints and assets.
  • Right pane
    This shows the pages (at the location selected in the left pane) and can be used for taking actions.
From here you can manage your pages using either the toolbar, a context menu or by opening a page for further actions.
The basic handling is the same across all consoles. This section concentrates on the Websites console as it is the primary console used when authoring.

Accessing Help

On various consoles (e.g. Websites) there is also Help button is available, this will open either Package Share or the documentation site.

Page Information on the Websites Console

The right pane of the Websites console provides a list view with information about pages:
The following are available; a subset of these fields is shown as default:
Column Description
Thumbnail Shows a thumbnail for the page.
Title The title that appears on the page
Name The name AEM refers to the page
Published Indicates whether the page has been published and provides the publication date and time.
Modified Indicates whether the page has been modified and provides the modification date and time. In order to save any modification, you must activate the page.
Scene7 Publish Indicates whether the page has been published to Scene7.
Status Indicates the current status of the page, such as whether the page is part of a workflow or livecopy, or whether a page is currently locked.
Impressions Shows the activity on a page in number of hits.
Template Indicates the template that a page is based on.
In Workflow Indicates when the page is in a workflow.
Locked by Shows when a page has been locked and the user account that has locked it.
Live Copy Indicates when the page is part of a live copy.
To select the columns visible hover your mouse over a column title. A drop-down menu will be shown, from here you can use the Columns option.
The colors next to pages in the Published and Modified columns indicate publication status:
Column
Color
Description
Published
Green
Publication was successful. Content is published.
Published
Yellow
Publication is pending. Confirmation of publication has not yet been received by the system.
Published
Red
Publication failed. There is no connection with the publish instance. This can also mean that the content was deactivated.
Published
blank
This page has never been published.
Modified
Blue
Page has been modified since the last publication.
Modified
blank
This page has never been modified, or has not been modified since the last publication.

Context Menus

The classic UI uses well-known mechanisms for navigating and initiating actions, including click and double-click. Depending on the current situation, a range of context menus (usually opened with the right-mouse-button) are also available: