Edit web page source in an external application

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You can edit web page source in an external application to make quick modifications or to do testing, such as link checking or accessibility testing. Contribute opens the source in an external editing application. Editing web page source in an external application is very different than the editing experience in Contribute.

If your Contribute administrator has not enabled source editing, you cannot edit the source in an external application.

In the Contribute browser or editor, view the page you want to edit the source for.

  1. Select File > Actions > Edit Page Source in External Application. Contribute displays the External Application Editing page and starts an external editing application.
  2. In the external application, make changes as necessary, and then save your changes and close the file or application.
  3. In Contribute, do one of the following:
  • Click the Edit in Contribute link on the External Application Editing page to reload the draft in Contribute. This option lets you see your changes and resume editing.
  • Click the Launch link on the External Application Editing page to reopen the content in the external editor. This option lets you make additional changes, and provides a convenient way to switch back and forth between Contribute and the external editing application.
  • Click the Publish button in the toolbar to publish your changes to the website.
  • Click the Discard Draft button if you want to discard the changes after editing in an external application.

Video demo for edit in external application workflow.

Video demo for Edit in External Application workflow

You can also edit web page content, such as an image, word, excel, in an external application, Contribute starts that application. How can I do this? Use the File Editors option of the Preferences dialog box to select or change your primary editing applications for each type of file you edit.

 

How to change the editor for a file type?

  1. Select a file type in the left pane.
  2. Associated editors appear in the right pane. If the application you want to select is in the pane, skip to step 5.
  3. Click the Plus (+) button above the right pane. The Select External Editor dialog box appears.
  4. Navigate to the application you want to add, and click Open. The application name appears in the right pane.
  5. Select the application you want Contribute to start for the selected file type, and then click the Make Primary button. The word Primary appears beside the application name. Click OK.

How to add a file type and associate an editor?

  1. Click the Plus (+) button above the left pane, and then type the file type.
  2. Click the Plus (+) button above the right pane. The Select External Editor dialog box appears.
  3. Navigate to the application you want to associate with the new file type, and click Open. The application name appears in the right pane.
  4. Click OK.

How to delete a file type or associated editor?

  1. Select a file type in the left pane or an application in the right pane.
  2. Click the Minus (-) button above the pane. The file type or application name disappears from the pane. Note: You cannot delete the Web Page Source type.
  3. Click OK.

Video for Adding/removing file editors.

Video demo for Adding/Removing file editors

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