ADE gets turn on by default every time you use an option from the ADE toolbar.
By using the Selection option from the ADE toolbar, you can turn on / off ADE for all elements
on the page if needed.
As an additional convenience feature, if the user moves the mouse on the "Edit" button of an
element, a menu with all ADE options available for this element appears.
Add to favorites
Element Setting (optional)
Move in page
To move an element on the website by drag & drop click on the
icon in the upper right corner of the element. Moving the mouse over the
icon, the text "Move in page" appears. Selecting the "Move" symbol and keep the mouse
Keep the mouse button pressed and start moving the mouse in the direction of where you want
the element to be moved.
Red lines highlight the containers where the element can be moved to.
When hovering over a target container, the dragged element changes it's form and shows how it
would look in this target area.
The area from where the element has been removed is also highlighted
When the moved element appears in a droppable area it can be dropped there by releasing the
mouse button. The moved element will then automatically slide into the target area.
When the element was dropped to a new location it is simultaneously removed from the original
location and the red lines disappear.
To edit an element or an element group click on the elements ADE icon so the available options
appear. From the available options select the
When you select the Edit option for a single content element, the OpenCms XML Content editor
is displayed as an overlay on the currently edited page.
Depending on the edited resource type the edited XML content will look different.
Edit Group Containers
Elements of different resource types can be grouped together in so called Group Containers.
Element Groups can be shared between different pages and are used if the same elements are
needed on different pages.
When select the Edit option on a group container a small overlay window opens, displaying the
basic information of this resource type like title and description.
This Group Container Editor indicates that you now can add / modify / remove the elements of a
The rest of the page is grey shaded and thus marked as inactive.
When you are finished editing the single elements of the group container click on
button of the Group Container Editor.
You can also disassemble Group Containers by selecting the Break Up option. Then all the
elements formerly grouped together remain at their original position on the page, but the grouping
Note: If you change the content of an element itself on one page it will change on every other
page the same content gets displayed, too.
When you close the XML Editor, changes made in the editor are immediately displayed on the
Unwanted elements can be removed from the page with the
The removed element disappears from the page but is not deleted from the database. The element
can be added again to this or another page.
Editing your page you can add any element to the OpenCms 8 built in user individual favorites
list using the
Add to favorites
The favorites list is part of the clipboard and can be accessed via the Clipboard option from
the ADE toolbar. Use the favourites list for content elements you use very often and on different
Each element can optionally have specific settings that can modify how the element appears on
To change the Element Settings click the
An overlay window opens displaying the resource type specific Element Settings.
With the element settings it is possible to quickly change the way content gets displayed in a
predefined way. The same content might have a different look on different or even the same