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Create a template (MT4)

MindTouch has a robust library of templates, but there will be times when creating your own template is necessary.

Creating a template

NOTE: New Page templates will show in the New Page dialog box so a user can create a new page based on the template. For more information, read how to edit a template.


To create a template, perform the following steps:

Navigating to the Templates page

From the navigation bar, click the Site Tools drop-down menu and then select Templates

Image of Site Tools drop-down menu

Creating a new template

From the Templates page, on the navigation bar, select New Page.

Image of New Page

Defining a new template

1. Name the new template.  

     NOTE: You MUST keep Template: in the page title for it to be considered a template.

Image of steps one, two and three

2. In the body field, add content.  

     NOTE: The Rich Text Editor can be used to format the content.

3. Once the template is completed, click Save.


NOTE:  Inline Comments, DekiScript blocks, Javascript blocks, and CSS blocks will not execute when you view the Template directly so you will see the block itself.  Once you create a new page with it or invoke it dynamically, then it will render. 

What's Next

To learn more about template options, read how to edit a template. In addition, be sure to watch our full training video on using templates.

Supported Template Types

Template Type




Content templates are intended for reusing page formatting through standard editor functions. While it is possible to add DekiScript to content templates, support for DekiScript is available starting at Level 2.
  • New Blank Templates
  • Adding content including text, images, inline comments, and bulleted lists
  • Global Variables
  • No DekiScript or JavaScript


Level 1


Branding templates are used for targeting sections of the skin to apply customizations including styling and custom objects. 
  • Site Header/Footer
  • PDF Header/Footer
  • Login Page
  • F1 Prepend & Append


Level 2

New Page New Page templates are those templates which appear in the New Page gallery when creating pages. While it is possible to edit the template details for custom templates, details for the following New Page templates are overwritten with each weekly MindTouch update.


  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/How-To_Page
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/Knowledge_Base_Page
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/Product_Guide/Knowledge_Base
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/Product_Guide/User_Guide
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/Reference_Page
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/Pages/Topic_Page
Not Supported


Functional templates are system required templates utilized for IDF, LightSpeed framework, F1, various integrations and the main engine that drives MindTouch TCS and MindTouch 4. Customizations for these templates are not supported, and may be overwritten by regular release updates.
  • Templates Controlled by MindTouch
  • Copied Functional Templates


All functional templates exist under /Template:MindTouch. Customizing or modifying Functional Templates is not supported.  Below is a list of the main sub-sections:

  • Template:MindTouch/Controls/
  • Template:MindTouch/Functions/
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF/
  • Template:MindTouch/IDF2/
  • Template:MindTouch/OOBE/
  • Template:MindTouch/Pages/
  • Template:MindTouch/Reports/
  • Template:MindTouch/SFDC/
  • Template:MindTouch/Views/


Not Supported

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