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Lock Unlock Page

Choose ActionsLock Page to enable/disable other users from editing the current page.

This option is also available from My CommonSpot and other reports including pages, such as the Report of Pages, Templates, Uploaded Docs & Registered URLs.  See the description of this option in the CommonSpot Administrator’s Reference.

CommonSpot allows any contributor with author rights to a page to explicitly lock it to prevent others from making changes.

Once a page is locked, only the person who locked it, or administrators, can edit, move, rename, delete, or otherwise change the page. For others, the page is in a read-only state and Take Control is not an option. Use this feature to maintain page integrity for updating pages over a long period of time.

In addition to explicit locking, CommonSpot automatically prevents multiple authoring sessions on the same page at the same time, to prevent editing conflicts and overwriting. CommonSpot creates a database entry at the start of each authoring session and displays Take Ownership or Cancel options when you try to enter author mode on a page someone else is editing.

Error messages vary based on who encounters the lock.

Attempting to re-enter author mode on a page where you own the lock displays the Page Worked on in Another Session message.

If you try to author a page currently locked by another user, you receive the Page Worked on by Another User error.

These actions unlock explicitly locked pages:

Time Expires – A lock on a page in Author mode remains open for the length of a user’s session, as specified in the  Session Timeout setting in the CommonSpot Server Configuration dialog.

Move out of Author mode – During the page publishing process, you choose the Reload in Read Mode option, or manually enter Read mode.

Another user with sufficient rights breaks the lock– A user with Admin rights entered Author mode on the locked page and breaks your lock.

See also Element Locked.


Related Links

Page Locked from Another Session

Page Locked by Another User

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