Folder Contents Widget
What is it?
This widget displays the files and sub-folders stored within a Folder channel. The different display options allow you to show as much or as little information as you would like.
Easy access to information people use most
The Folder Content widget can give people easy access to documentation that is important, frequently accessed, or buried deep in the community’s structure. This allows you to have a complex file structure that suits your organizational needs and still have an quick window into any part of that structure.
Features and functionality
When configuring the Folder Contents widget, you will have several options presented to you under three tabs:
Title - This puts a title on the widget itself. It does not affect the folders or files it displays.
Hyperlink title to source - Select this option if you wish to hyperlink the title of the widget to the location of the folder being displayed.
Description - This should describe the contents included inside the widget.
Source - Choose the channel and you want the widget to display. Only existing channels
Include - You have the option of choose what type of content you wish to display in the widget.
Show hidden items - This feature will display items that are marked as hidden in the channel.
Sort options - You can choose how the content in your widget will be sorted. Options include: Title, Comments, Size, Type, Created by, Last modified, Modified by, Views, and Rating. Once you have chosen your sort criteria, you can choose whether your content appears in an ascending or descending order.
Number of results - You can choose the number of results you wish to display in the widget. Lowering the number can save a little extra real estate on your page or space.
Add files (show add link) - If you wish to allow people to add files via the widget, you can add an Add Link button at the bottom of the widget. Only those people with at least Write access will.
There are a few different ways that you can change the layout and display various information about the files:
Provides the most information, options, and interaction.
Provides a clean and compact view of the names of files in a folder.
Provides a grid view with file types clearly presented as icons.
Displays a small image preview of the file contents where possible. It works well for galleries of images.
Customize your layout
You may have extra options for what information appears depending on the chosen layout. The Detail layout provides the most information and options.
The Appearance tab options are discussed in our article on Widgets.
How to add and edit the Folder Content widget
Best practices / Tips and tricks
Effective use of space
To save valuable real estate on your page or space, reduce the number of results shown in your widget and then hyperlink the folder to the Folder channel so members can access more if needed.