How to Open the Content Editor in Sitecore CMS

October 8, 2014

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How to Open the Content Editor in Sitecore CMS

This is the fourth in a series of posts about learning how to use and develop for Sitecore CMS; it is the follow-up post to “How to Reset the Administrator Password in Sitecore CMS”. In this “How to” post I will be covering how to open the content editor in Sitecore CMS.

When developing a website in Sitecore, most item management happens from the Content Editor. Creating, deleting, modifying, moving, publishing, sorting, and viewing items are just a few of the many tasks that can be handled within the Content Editor interface.

Because the Content Editor is so important to managing Sitecore sites, there are a variety of ways to open the Content Editor interface.

Sitecore 8

From the Launchpad

Click the “Content Editor” button on the launchpad

Sitecore 8 Launchpad with arrow pointing to the Content Editor button


From the Desktop

By default, the Content Editor will be listed at the top of the “Sitecore” menu. Clicking the option in the menu will open the editor.

Sitecore 8 desktop with Sitecore menu open


All Applications in Sitecore Menu

If the Sitecore menu has been modified, there is an additional link to the Content Editor in the “All Applications” submenu.

Sitecore 8 desktop with Sitecore menu open showing the All Applications submenu

Sitecore 6 & 7

Sitecore Menu

By default, the Content editor will be listed at the top of the “Sitecore” menu. Clicking the option in the menu will open the editor.

Sitecore 6 content editor option in the Sitecore menu


All Applications

If the Sitecore menu has been modified, there is an additonal link to the Content Editor in the “All Applications” submenu.

Sitecore 6 desktop with Sitecore menu open showing the All Applications submenu


Desktop Shortcut

Desktop shortcuts can be created in Sitecore to open specific items. Double-clicking the desktop shortcut will open the Content Editor with the item specified in the shortcut selected by default.

Shortcut on Sitecore desktop


Up next: “How to Manage Desktop Shortcuts in Sitecore CMS”

Tim Leverett

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