Connections Content and Layout

Introduction

By default, Connections provides great flexibility for you to customize the tabs and channels that you have in your layout. In general Connections allows you to:

    • Add tabs to your layout
    • Modify tabs to remove them from your layout, move tabs to a new position, rename them, set the default tab that opens when you log on, or change the way the tab opens
    • Add channels to new or existing tabs
    • Modify channels to move them to other tabs, reorder channels on a given tab, or even delete channels from a tab
    • Add columns on a given tab
    • Modify columns to reorder or delete them

To modify tab and channel properties or to add new tabs and channels to the layout, you must access the Manage Content/Layout page. This page provides a miniature image of the Connections layout. This image allows you to modify elements using the following buttons:

Add New Tab Allows you to add a new content tab to your layout.
Add Column Allows you to add a new column to the layout of a selected tab.
Select Column Allows you to select a column to move horizontally in the layout of a selected tab or to adjust the widths of the columns on a tab.
Add Channel Allows you to add a new channel to the selected tab in a specified area.
Arrows Allows you to move a tab horizontally in the display, a column horizontally in a given tab, or a channel horizontally across columns or vertically within a column.

 

The layout image also provides a minimized representation of each channel that is contained on the selected tab:

Channel Edit

In addition to providing the ability to move the channel horizontally or vertically, this image allows you to delete the channel from the tab by clicking the delete ( X ) icon. To select the channel to edit, you click the select (pencil) icon. You will then see a list of options allowable for the channel, such as deleting it.

For more specific information on how to customize the layout from the Manage Content/Layout page, click the Help icon located in the Connections toolbar and then select the topics within the Portal folder displayed in the Help Index Menu.