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Customizing the sidebar to show messages, printing, PDF, and other options

You can customize what you want to appear in the sidebar of your ScreenSteps site. This article will describe the available options.

Edit your Site Template

Learn how to edit your site template.

Site Sidebar and Article Sidebar Content

In the site template editor there are two sections for customizing sidebar content. One section will change what appears in the sidebar when you are viewing an article and the other changes the sidebar for all other views where a sidebar appears.

If you don't see the Download PDF options in your template editor please contact support@screensteps.com. If you had an account with us prior to the release of the automated PDF generation feature then we have to activate the feature on your account.

Just check the box next to any options you would like to appear. Make sure to Preview and then Publish your changes so they appear on your public site.

Site Sidebar Content descriptions

To add a sidebar message, you must:

  1. Check the box next to Message
  2. Click Edit to edit the contents of the message
Setting Purpose
RSS Displays a Subscribe to our feed link.
Chapters Displays a list of all of the chapters in a manual.
Message Show a custom message in the sidebar. Click the Edit link to edit the message. Editing the message affects the message in this sidebar as well as the article sidebar.

You can use HTML tags in the message field which means you can embed video.
Recent Updates Show a list of recently updated articles within the site.
Download Manual PDF Displays a link to download a PDF of the entire manual. If a PDF of the latest version of the manual does not exist then the user will see a Generate Manual PDF link. Clicking on it will generate a new PDF. Once a PDF for the current version of the manual exists then all users will see a Download Manual PDF link.

The PDF will use the PDF Template assigned to the site.
Other Assets Displays links to other assets within the site (e.g. other manuals).

Articles Sidebar Content descriptions

Setting Purpose
RSS Displays a Subscribe to our feed link.
Chapters Displays a list of all of the chapters in a manual.
Message Show a custom message in the sidebar. Click the Edit link to edit the message. Editing the message affects the message in this sidebar as well as the site sidebar.

You can use HTML tags in the message field which means you can embed video.
Other Assets Displays links to other assets within the site (e.g. other manuals).
Recent Updates Show a list of recently updated articles within the site.
Article Info Shows the date that the article was last updated.
Article Author Displays the name of the person who authored the article (the owner).
Download Manual PDF Displays a link to download a PDF of the entire manual. If a PDF of the latest version of the manual does not exist then the user will see a Generate Manual PDF link. Clicking on it will generate a new PDF. Once a PDF for the current version of the manual exists then all users will see a Download Manual PDF link.

The PDF will use the PDF Template assigned to the site.
Download Article PDF Same as Download Manual PDF but makes a PDF of just the article available.
Print Article Displays a Print Article link.
Tags Shows all tags associated with the article.

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