Mass clone tool

The mass clone tool allows users to make multiple copies of assets to which they have access. This feature avoids the need to manually clone an asset repeatedly if a large number of copies are required.

The tool is available from Tools  Mass clone in the Matrix toolbar.

The Mass clone section of the Mass clone tool screen is shown in the figure:

The Mass clone tool screen

To clone an asset, fill out the following fields.

Asset to clone

Select which asset you want to clone. Number of clones to create: enter the number of cloned assets you want to create. By default, the number entered is 1.

Parent for new clones

Select the section of the system in which you want to create the cloned assets. For example, if you want to create them under your site, select the site asset in the parent for new clones.

Type of link between parent and clones

Select what link type you want the cloned assets to be. For example, if you want them to be created as hidden link links, select Hidden link from the list. The available selections are Menu link, Hidden link, and Invisible link, with the default being Menu link.

Mass clone example

An example site

An article template has been created under the site. This template is used as a starting point when creating news articles in the site. A user needs to create five pages under the News page and hence needs to clone the article template.

  1. Click Tools  Mass clone.

  2. The following details are changed on the Mass clone tool screen:

    Asset to clone

    The article template is selected as the asset to clone.

    Number of clones to create

    As the user needs to create five additional pages, 5 is entered into this field.

    Parent for new clones

    As the new assets need to be created under the News page, this asset is selected as the parent for new clones.

  3. Select Save when the necessary fields have been completed. A HIPO job will start up asking you to confirm that you want to clone the assets.

  4. Click on the Next >> button.

The HIPO job will continue to run. Once the HIPO job is completed, the cloned assets appear under the News page.