Quick Guide to Authoring Pages quick-guide-to-authoring-pages

These procedures are intended as a quick guide (high-level) to the key actions of authoring page content in AEM.


  • Are not intended as comprehensive coverage.
  • Provide links to the detailed documentation.

For full details about authoring with AEM see:

A Few Quick Hints a-few-quick-hints

Before giving the overview of specifics, here is a small collection of general tips and hints that are worth bearing in mind.

Sites Console sites-console

  • Create

    • This button is available in many consoles - the options presented are context-sensitive so can vary according to the scenario.
  • Reordering pages in a folder

    • This can be done in List View. The changes are applied and visible in other views.

Page Authoring page-authoring

  • Navigating Links

  • Versions are not started/created from the page editor; this is now done from the Sites console (via either Create or Timeline for a selected resource).

There are several keyboard shortcuts that can make the authoring experience easier.

Finding Your Page finding-your-page

There are various aspects to finding a page; you can navigate and/or search:

  1. Open the Sites console (using the Sites option in the Global Navigation) - this is triggered (drop-down) when you select the Adobe Experience Manager link (top left).

  2. Navigate down the tree by tapping/clicking on the appropriate page. How the page resources are represented depends on the view you are using - Card, List, or Column:


  3. Navigate up the tree using the breadcrumb in the header, which lets you return to the selected location:


  4. You can also Search for a page. You can select your page from the results shown.


Creating a New Page creating-a-new-page

To create a page:

  1. Navigate to the location where you want to create the page.

  2. Use the Create icon and then select Page from the list:


  3. This opens the wizard that will guide you through collecting the information needed when creating your new page. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Selecting Your Page for Further Action selecting-your-page-for-further-action

You can select a page so that you can take action on it. Selecting a page will automatically update the toolbar so that the actions relevant to that resource are shown.

How to select a page depends on which view you are using in the console:

  1. Column View:

    • Click the thumbnail for the required resource - the thumbnail will be overlaid with a tick to show that it has been selected.
  2. List View:

    • Click the thumbnail for the required resource - the thumbnail will be overlaid with a tick to show that it has been selected.
  3. Card View:


    • The card will be overlaid with a tick to show that the page has been selected.
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    Once in selection mode the Select icon (a tick) will change to the Deselect icon (a cross).

Quick Actions (Card View/Desktop Only) quick-actions-card-view-desktop-only

Quick actions are available:

  1. Navigate to the page you want to take action on.

  2. Hover your mouse pointer over the card that represents your required resource; the quick actions are shown:


Editing Your Page Content editing-your-page-content

  1. Navigate to the page you want to edit.

  2. Open your page for editing using the Edit (pencil) icon:


    This can be accessed from either:

  3. When the editor opens, you can:

    • Add a new component to your page by:

      • opening the side panel
      • selecting the components tab (the components browser)
      • dragging the required component onto your page.

      The side panel can be opened (and closed) with:

      Open side panel

    • Edit the content of an existing component on the page:

      • Open the component toolbar with either click. Use the Edit (pencil) icon to open the dialog.
      • Open the in place editor for the component with either select-and-hold or a double-slow-click. The available actions are shown (for some components, it is a limited selection).
      • To see all actions available enter full-screen mode using:

      Full screen mode

    • Configure the properties of an existing component

      • Open the component toolbar with either click. Use the Configure (wrench) icon to open the dialog.
    • Move a component either:

      • Drag the required component to its new location.
      • Open the component toolbar with either click. Use the Cut then Paste icons where required.
    • Copy (and Paste) a component:

      • Open the component toolbar with either click. Use the Copy then Paste icons as required.
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    You can Paste components to either the same page, or a different page. If pasting to a different page that was already open before the cut/copy operation, then that page will need a page refresh.
    • Delete a component:

      • Open the component toolbar with either click, then use the Delete icon.
    • Add annotations to the page:

      • Select the Annotate mode (speech bubble icon). Add annotations using the Add annotation (plus) icon. Exit annotation mode using the X at top right.


    • Preview a page (to see how it will appear in the publish environment)

      • Select Preview from the toolbar.
    • Return to edit mode (or select another mode) using the Edit drop-down selector.

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    To navigate using links in the content, you must use Preview mode.

Editing the Page Properties editing-the-page-properties

There are two (main) methods of editing page properties:

Publishing Your Page (or Unpublishing) publishing-your-page-or-unpublishing

There are two main methods of publishing your page (and also of unpublishing):

Move, Copy and Paste, or Delete Your Page move-copy-and-paste-or-delete-your-page

These actions can all be triggered by:

  1. Navigate to the page you want to move, copy and paste, or delete.

  2. Select the copy (and then paste), move or delete icon as required using either:

    Then, dependent on your action:

    • Copy:

      • Navigate to the new location and paste.
    • Move:

      • The wizard opens to collect the information needed to move the page. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    • Delete:

      • You are asked to confirm the action.
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    Delete is not available as a Quick Action.

Locking Your Page (then Unlocking) locking-your-page-then-unlocking

Locking a page prevents other authors from working on it while you are. The Lock (and Unlock) icon/button can be found:

For example, the lock icon looks like this:


Accessing Page References accessing-page-references

Quick access to references to a page or from a page are available in the References Rail.

  1. Select References using the toolbar icon (either before or after selecting your page):


    A list of reference types is shown:


  2. Click the required type of reference to show more details and (when appropriate) take further actions.

Creating a Version of Your Page creating-a-version-of-your-page

To create a version of your page:

  1. To open the Timeline rail, select Timeline using the toolbar icon (either before or after selecting your page):


  2. Click the up-arrow at the bottom right of the Timeline column to reveal extra buttons, including Save as Version.


  3. Select Save as Version, then Create.

Restoring/Comparing a Version of Your Page restoring-comparing-a-version-of-your-page

The same basic mechanism is used when restoring and/or comparing versions of your page:

  1. Select Timeline using the toolbar icon (either before or after selecting your page):


    If a version of your page has already been saved, it is listed in the Timeline.

  2. Click the version you want to restore - this will reveal additional action buttons:

    • Revert to this Version

      • The version is restored.
    • Show Differences

      • The page is opened with differences (between the two versions) highlighted.