Copying Assets

Prerequisites: CMS administrators must grant permissions to users before users can duplicate asset items in the Assets Tree. See User Group Permissions Reference for details and other permission options.

Users can copy asset items (i.e., assets or asset folders) in the Assets Tree. When users copy an asset item, the system makes a duplicate of that asset item and then assigns a new ID to the duplicate.

The ways that Ingeniux CMS handles copying behavior of assets is different than those of pages in the Site Tree. All assets reside in folders within the Assets Tree. The folders display assets in alphabetical order based on each asset's file name; therefore, users cannot reorder assets within the same folder. However, users can copy assets from one folder to another.

Also, assets in the same folder always maintain a sibling relationship because, unlike with pages in the Site Tree, the Assets Tree has no concept of parent/child relationships among assets.

In addition to copying assets, users can copy asset folders. Like assets, asset folders display in alphabetical order within the Assets Tree, so users cannot change the order unless they rename the folders.

For organizational purposes, users can copy one folder into another folder.
To copy an asset in the Assets Tree:
  1. Navigate to Assets > Assets Tree.
  2. Select the asset in the Assets Tree that you want to copy.
  3. Choose one of the following processes:
    • Drag the asset that you want to copy.
      1. Press the Ctrl key.
      2. Drag the asset to the folder where you want the copy to reside.

        Drag to Copy Asset

        The duplicate asset displays in the target folder location.

    • Copy and paste the asset via the context menu.
      1. Right-click the asset, and select Copy in the context menu.
        You can select more than one asset to copy by pressing the CTRL+Click or the CTRL+Shift+Click shortcut keys.

        Context Menu: Copy

      2. Right-click the target folder, and select Paste in the context menu.

        Context Menu: Paste

        The duplicate asset now displays in the target folder.

      Alternatively, you can use the Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) shortcut keys to achieve the same results.
  4. Optional: If the copied asset item doesn't immediately display, then refresh the Assets Tree.

After copying the asset to the new location, keep the following in mind:

  • The a/ID for the duplicate asset will differ than the original because the duplicate asset needs a unique identifier that distinguishes it from the original.
  • The CMS will automatically check in the duplicate asset.
  • The CMS will not mark the duplicate asset for publish, no matter if the original is marked. This ensures that the CMS will not prematurely publish the duplicate asset.