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Gadgets Overview

Everyone has the ability to choose which available gadgets to show on the Dashboard as well as on the Gadgets sidebar since these are configured separately. Dashboard gadgets can be chosen to be shown or not by clicking the Configure Dashboard link on the main content area of the Dashboard. The Gadgets sidebar includes the Choose Gadgets button so that a user can choose which sidebar gadgets to show for the sidebar.


Dashboard Gadgets

Frequently displayed gadgets include gadgets that provide the functionality for an activity feed of recent site activity, the system inbox for messaging and notifications, a list of pages that are currently checked out by the user. These provide the user a thumbnail view of content, messaging, and the ability to navigate to the content items. For example, the system gadgets illustrated in the screenshot below are as follows:

  • My Current Pages: Shows the content checked out by the current user and the date/time stamp that the content, which can be a page, asset, or file, was checked out. Within this gadget, the pages are linked and can be clicked to for editing or approving. The light bulb icon indicates the page is checked out and clicking the icon checks the page back in.
  • Activity: Activity shows content with recently performed actions such as a scheduled publish, expire, or upload.
  • Inbox: Provides a scrollable list of recently received messages.

Configuring the Dashboard

The Configure Dashboard link can be used to choose which gadgets to display on the Dashboard. Every user level has access to this functionality.

  1. Click Configure Dashboard. This displays the Choose Dashboard Gadgets modal to view the gadgets available to the user.

    Configure Dashboard

    • A gadget with a checkmark indicates it is being shown on the Dashboard.
    • A gadget without a checkmark indicates it is not being shown on the Dashboard.
  2. Click the gadget box to either select or deselect the gadgets to show on the Dashboard.

Gadgets Sidebar

The Gadgets sidebar can be shown or hidden by the user. The sidebar also automatically collapses or expands when a browser is resized. The Gadgets sidebar can be expanded by clicking on the Show Gadgets button at the top right of the screen.

Expand Button for Gadgets Sidebar

Once the Gadgets sidebar has been expanded additional functionality is available; including the ability to choose which gadgets to show, to expand all, and to expand and collapse specific gadgets.

Configure Sidebar Gadgets

When the Gadgets sidebar is expanded each individual gadget can be expanded and used according to its functionality.

Expanded View - the My Checked Out Content Gadget is expanded in the below example.

Expanded Sidebar Gadget

Gadget Sidebar Icon Reference

Icon Name Description
Show Gadgets Show Gadgets Click the Gadgets icon to show the sidebar.
Choose Gadget Choose Gadget Click to display the Choose Sidebar Gadgets modal from where it can be determined which gadgets to show on the sidebar.
Hide Gadgets Hide Gadgets Click the arrow to hide the sidebar.
Expand a Gadget Expand a Gadget Click to expand the view of the gadget on the sidebar.
Collapse a Gadget Collapse a Gadget Click to collapse the view of the gadget on the sidebar.

The Gadgets sidebar may include the following system gadgets by default:

  • DM Tag Info: Search functionality for dependency manager tag that reports information about the tag. Valid search syntax is shown below the field.
  • My Current Pages: Shows the content checked out by the current user and the date/time stamp that the content, which can be a page, asset, or file, was checked out. Within this gadget, the pages are linked and can be clicked to for editing or approving. The light bulb icon indicates the page is checked out and clicking the icon checks the page back in.
  • Activity: Activity shows content with recently performed actions such as a scheduled publish, expire, or upload.
  • Images: Drag and drop images from any folder into edit views.
  • Page Info: Displays information about the file currently being viewed or edited.
  • Snippets: Drag and drop any snippet into an edit view.
  • YouTube: Drag and drop videos from YouTube into edit views. This gadget requires a YouTube account (coming soon!)

Choosing Sidebar Gadgets

The Choose Gadgets button can be used by each individual user to choose which gadgets to display on the Gadgets sidebar.

  1. Click the Choose Gadgets icon  Choose Gadgets Icon to view the available gadgets.
    • A gadget with a green checkmark and green background indicates it is being shown on the sidebar.
    • A gadget without a checkmark indicates it is not being shown on the sidebar.
  2. Click anywhere within the gadget box to either select or deselect the gadgets that are shown on the sidebar.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14