Asset details screen

The Details screen of an asset lets you change various details, including the asset’s name and status.

The functionality described on this page is generic functionality that applies to most asset types in Matrix. Some asset types will have additional functionality on their details screen, and some will have less.

See each asset type’s manual to read about its specific details screen functionality.


This section shows the current status of the asset and lets you change its published state.

Status section

The available fields are:


This area shows the current status of the asset.

Change status

Select a new status from the list to change the asset’s currently selected status. The options available depend on the current status of the asset, what permissions you have, and whether Workflow is applied.

For example, if the asset is currently Under construction and you have Admin permission, the available options are Approve and make live and Archive. If there is Workflow applied to the asset, the options available depend on the Workflow approval stream configuration.

You cannot change Pending approval asset statuses if a workflow is currently in progress. Additionally, you cannot change a dependent asset to a status lower than that of its parent unless the dependent asset is within Workflow.
Cascade status change

Enable this option to cascade the status change to all child assets.

You do not need to cascade a status change to change dependent child asset statuses. For example, if you change the status of a Standard page asset, its dependent child Component and Component content assets also receive the status change.

Add future status

This button expands a section that lets you schedule a status change for the asset at a date and time in the future. To enable this feature, you need to configure the Scheduled jobs manager on the Matrix server.

The available fields are:

Set status to

Select the status from the list of available states.


Select the date and time at which the status change should occur.

Next run

Alternatively, click on Next run to set the date and time to the next run of the scheduled jobs manager.

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Alternatively, you can set the status change to take place in a certain number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years.

Cascade status change

Enable this to cascade the status change to all child assets.

Once you schedule a future status change, it appears in the scheduled future status changes section.

To delete a future status job, select the Delete checkbox and then select Save.


This section lets you assign a thumbnail, or related image, to the asset. You can use the thumbnail as content within your site. For example, you can set up an asset listing page to display the name and the thumbnail for each page.

For more information on the asset listing page, see the Asset Listing documentation.

The available fields are:


This section displays the details of the image assigned to the asset. Details include the name and size of the file, when it was last updated, and its dimensions. If you click the Current file link, a preview of the image will appear in a new window.


This field lets you assign a new image asset to the asset.


This section lets you change the name of the asset.

The available fields are:

Page name

By default, the name initially entered when first creating the asset. You can use the Page Name for things like the page title of the current page on the frontend.

Page short name

By default, the name initially entered when first creating the asset. The Page Short Name is shown in the asset tree and can be different from the Page Name. You often use the Page Short Name within navigation menus and breadcrumb trails on the frontend.

Cascading a live status

Sometimes you might want to cascade a status change down to all children of an asset. You use the Cascade status change feature to manage bulk status changes.

To prevent safe editing operations from being canceled, cascaded statuses do not apply to assets in Safe edit or Safe edit pending approval statuses.

Likewise, if you cancel a Safe edit status on an asset and select Cascade, the asset and its children will be set to Live. However, it will not affect any child assets in Safe edit.

The same rules apply if you are setting a future status.