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For content editors, whose focus is solely on adding and changing content, Direct Edit offers an even easier way to edit content by editing it directly within a page preview. This offers a more intuitive content editing experience since changes appear exactly as they will look on the published site.

Who Can Use Direct Edit?

Contributors and Mderators can use Direct Edit.

Link Sections do not have a Direct Edit option.

Access Direct Edit

The Direct Edit screen is made up of two areas:

  • the Sidebar which contains page options 
  • the Direct Edit area which shows a preview of the page with editable (highlighted with a dashed line) and non-editable areas
Though areas highlighted as non-editable cannot be edited within the Direct Edit area, some, like the Page Name, can be edited from the Sidebar. Others, such as navigation elements generated by Navigation Objects, can only be edited from the TERMINALFOUR main interface.

Screenshot of page using Direct Edit with the Sidebar and editable ares highlighted

Add Page

To add a new child page or Section below the page currently being edited in Direct Edit select Add page and provide a name. Direct Edit will reload with the new page ready to edit. 

Screenshot of the Add Page modal window with text input


The Sitemap option will display the Site Structure of the current site only. From this, you can navigate to other pages or, using the Actions menu, add a child page, or delete a page.

Link Sections cannot be edited in Direct Edit.

Screenshot of the Sitemap Direct Edit options with Add Child Page highlighted

Approval Queue

This displays a list of content items which are currently pending approval. Approval requires a Moderator. Each item in the queue shows the following information:

Title: The name of the Content Item. Clicking on the Title will display the Content Options modal.

Last Modified: The date and time when the content was last modified

ID: The unique content ID number

Direct Edit

Those parts of the page that are editable are identified with a surrounding dashed line. 

Empty content areas display "Insert Content" text. Editable areas of the page are highlighted when the cursor hovers over them. Here, we can see the cursor highlighting an editable empty content area, plain text and HTML areas of the page. 

Animated GIF showing plain text and HTML sections of Direct Edit area

We can also see the approval status of the content area on the right-hand side.

Both Plain Text and HTML can be edited in place using Direct Edit. When editing HTML content areas we can add formatting, links and media items using the Tiny MCE HTML editor. 

Screenshot of Direct Edit with an editable area of the page being modified  


Selecting the Edit Content Item button will open a modal that provides you with additional options for content editing which are not accessible from the Direct Edit area alone.


Selecting the Preview option from the side menu allows the user to Preview the page outside of the Direct Edit interface. This will give a clearer representation of how the page will look once published.

Edit Mode Toggle

Selecting the Edit Mode toggle from the side menu allows the user to disable the editing mode in order to get a more accurate view of how the content will look once published, and to click links within the content (with Edit mode enabled, it is not possible to click links within content).

Exit Direct Edit

Be sure to exit Direct Edit when you have finished editing. Select Exit direct edit from the side menu. This provides a message box that allows the user to either Log out of TERMINALFOUR, or switch to the standard inteface.

Screenshot of the

Selecting Log out exits the user from T4. Selecting Switch to standard interface brings the user to the T4
Site Structure.


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