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Copy a page

This page applies to:MindTouch Responsive

important note   The copy page functionality is recommended for copying 30 pages or less. Copying more than 30 pages or copying pages that contain file attachments cumulatively larger than 20 MB may result in an incomplete copy or some relative links not to be updated. If you have larger copy operations to perform, we recommend copying pages in smaller chunks as needed. Remember: After a copy operation is completed, links to pages are only updated if those links point to content within the section you copied. Guide links or category links to anchors are not updated when copying pages and will need to be manually updated.

To copy one page or multiple pages, perform these steps:

  1. On the MindTouch toolbar, select Options > Copy.
  2. Navigate to the location where you want the copy to live.
  3. Rename the page if necessary.

important note   Before renaming pages, read our article on how to avoid clobbering your links and redirected pages.

  1. If you are overwriting an already existing page with the same title, click Overwrite existing page(s).
  2. If the page has children and you want to copy the children to the new location as well, click Copy all the children of this page as well. 

Note to user  NOTE:  If you copy to the same parent as the previous version, you will have to change the name of the root node you're trying to copy to avoid conflicts (3).

How links are handled

important note   Read our article on how to avoid clobbering your links and redirected pages.

When copying a selection of pages, MindTouch analyzes if any of the original pages contain links to other pages in the section. If they do, MindTouch will automatically update those links relevant to the new location.

Let's take the following page paths as an example:

  • /Section1/
  • /Section1/Page1
  • /Section1/Page2

In this example, /Page1 contains the following HTML link:

<a href="/Section1/Page2">Link to Page 2</a>

If a user copies all of /Section1  as /Section2, then /Page1 at the newly copied location will contain the following updated link:

<a href="/Section2/Page2">Link to Page 2</a>

How permissions are handled

Just like when creating a new page, if you copy a section to a new location, the copied content will inherit the permissions of the parent page you're copying to.

For instance, if you have the following structure:

  • /Parent
    • /Parent/Child_1
    • /Parent/Child_2
  • /Parent_2

If you copy Parent/Child_1  under /Parent_2, the new /Parent_2/Child_1 page inherits the existing permissions of /Parent_2:

  • /Parent
    • /Parent/Child_1
    • /Parent/Child_2
  • /Parent_2
    • /Parent_2/Child_1 (this page will inherit the permissions of /Parent_2)

Copy permissions are handled with two rules:

  • READ:  In order to copy any pages, a pro member must have the ability to read/view a page.
  • CREATE:  In order to copy any page, you must have permission to create a page at the destination.

If you see a  500 error

If you see a 500 error in your copy process, it is most likely because you tried to copy into a location that is forbidden. Choose another location and try again.

What's next?

Find our more about the mechanics behind copying and overwriting a page in MindTouch.

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