Predefine fields of records

This section will show you how you can predefine values of fields in records in the TYPO3 backend using TSconfig.

Default values


This is a feature of TYPO3 itself, so you can use this also for all other tables and fields.

If you want to use some default values, you can use this code inside the TSconfig (tab:Resources) of the folder containing the News records:

# Syntax is always TCAdefaults.<tablename>.<fieldname> = value
TCAdefaults {
        tx_news_domain_model_news {
                author =  John Doe
                # Foreign record syntax <tablename>_<uid>
                categories = sys_category_2, sys_category_5

Select fields

If you want to preselect a value from a select field, you need to set the value of the option field as value. In this example the language with the uid 3 will be preselected:

TCAdefaults.tx_news_domain_model_news {
        sys_language_uid = 3

If you want to remove an option from a select field you can take a look at this example which removes the option "Images" from the media selection dropdown:

TCEFORM.tx_news_domain_model_media {
        type.removeItems = 0

Author name & email

By using the following code in the PageTsConig, the fields Author and Author Email are prefilled with the name and email address of the current backend user  = 1

Archive date

EXT:news allows you to use an improved syntax to predefine the archive date by using this Page TSconfig:

tx_news.predefine.archive = <value>

As value you can use anything which can be interpreted by the php function strtotime ( For example:

  • +1 day

  • next Monday

  • +1 week 2 days 4 hours

Add the characters counter below an input field

If you want to give a hint to editors so they know how many chars they can use for the Teaser field, you simply add this TSconfig to the folder:

TCEFORM.tx_news_domain_model_news.teaser.config.max = 200

Modify flexform values

The flexform values can be modified by using TSconfig.

    tt_content {
        pi_flexform {
            news_pi1 {
                sDEF {
                  settings\.orderDirection.disabled = 1
                  settings\.orderBy.addItems {
                    teaser = teaser


The dot inside the field name must be escaped!

To identify the key of the tab (e.g. sDEF) and the field name (e.g. settings.orderBy) look either in the source code while checking the flexforms or look into the configuration itself which can be found at EXT:news/Configuration/FlexForms/flexform_news.xml.