Predefine fields of records

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

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:

# 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 PagesTsConfig:

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