Page tree

The page tree represents the hierarchical structure of your pages. In most cases this corresponds exactly to the navigation structure of your web site. The page tree can be expanded by clicking the little arrows on the left of the items.

For example, click on the arrow next to the page called "About". Your page tree should look like this:

The page tree with the "About" page expanded

Simultaneously have a look at the navigation in the frontend. Click on About item in the main menu on top and then select TYPO3 from the sub-menu:

Frontend of the Introduction Package

As you see the main menu on top of your web site corresponds to the first level menu pages in the page tree. The sub-menu of the About page in the frontend corresponds to the entries beneath About in the page tree.

The page with the world icon represents the root of your web site. There may be several web sites per TYPO3 installation. The top node with the TYPO3 logo is a special container which is used to store very general information.

Modules may display the page tree or not. The presence of the page tree implies that the module reacts to the selection of a page in the page tree.

A click on the page title opens that page in the content area on the right. Hovering over the icon of a page will display its internal id.

A click on the page icon will open the context menu. Alternatively you can right click the whole page title.

Page tree with opened context menu

The context menu

The context menu of a page can be used to access most of the page-related functions the fast way. Here is what these options do:

  • Show: Opens the page you clicked in the browser (frontend)
  • Disable: Disables the page (so it isn't accessible from the frontend anymore)
  • Edit: Lets you edit the page properties
  • Info: Displays information about the page
  • History/Undo: Shows the change history of the page (who did which changes when)
  • Page Actions: Action related to the selected page
    • New: Lets you create a new page or new content
    • Cut: Cuts the page
    • Copy: Copies the page
    • Delete: Deletes the page
  • Branch Actions: Actions related to the whole branch
    • Mount as treeroot: Temporarily makes the selected page being the treeroot
    • Expand Branch: Same as clicking on a "closed" the arrow
    • Collapse Branch: Same as clicking on an "open" arrow
    • Export to .t3d: Opens the export tool and preselects the selected page
    • Import from .t3d: Opens the import tool and preselects the selected page

The View module

It is also possible to view a page directly in the backend, by selecting the View module, which also offers the possibility to preview a page in different screen sizes, thanks to the drop-down menu at the top.

Viewing a page directly in the backend

Collapsing the page tree

The page tree can be collapsed to gain screen space, by clicking on the handle on its right-hand side.

Click there to collpase the page tree

Editing pages

Modifying an existing page or adding a new one is covered in the Editors Tutorial.

Next we will look at how content is placed on pages.